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« on: February 16, 2009, 11:16:54 am »

THE LEGEND OF THE LEGACY LIVES ON


THERE is something about a Subaru that sets it apart from other cars and it�s not just me being my usual upstream self - ask all Subaru drivers. They are just as passionate about their brand as long-time Tassies drinkers, Texan plain smokers and Stormers supporters.

In an age where most cars are of good quality, reliable, fairly long-lasting and so uniform that they have actually become a little boring, Subaru has all the sex appeal of a lap dancer at an Old Boys� reunion.

Sadly, Subaru has never been a big seller in this country, probably because of the over-the-top image of its WRX range with its trade mark gold alloy racing rims, huge bonnet scoop and big boot wing. A little ostentatious and much too adventurous for Mr Average Joe who commutes daily in his small white German tumble-dryer on wheels between the city and the suburb where he lives with his 2.4 children and She Who Has To Be Obeyed.

But now the chaps with the dark shirts and bland ties who work in Subaru�s marketing department have come up with a lure so strong it might just tempt those who have never considered the Subaru option.

It�s called the Legacy 2.0R, it�s a handsome sedan and it has enough understated class to appeal to the, mmmh, more conservative market. And even though it has been toned down to suit-and-tie level, the Subaru DNA is still fairly obvious - you only have to turn the key and blip the throttle to hear and feel it.

The new 2.0-litre is Subaru�s first DOHC model in South Africa and it replaces the current 2.5-models.

Armed with taut all-independent suspension, all-wheel drive and a high-revving, normally-aspirated engine that produces 121 kW at 6 400 rpm and 187 Nm at 7 500, the new Legacy will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 9.1 seconds and gallop on to 214 km/h before running out of breath.

By pricing the new models � a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic � at R227 000 and R239 000 respectively, Subaru hopes to entice buyers away from competitors such as top-end VWs, Audi A4, Honda Accord, BMW 3 series, Volvo 40 and Mazda 6.

When it comes to the more conservative car buyers, Subaru has always been up against a brand image thing, the same as Honda with its Accord and S2000 roadster, Hyundai with its Tiburon and Ford with its Mondeo. All delightful driver�s cars, but somehow the product hasn�t got strong enough pulling power to lure the suits and the trendy brand conscious.

This new Legacy could change that�

I parked my bum in the driver�s seat of one of the latest Legacy�s recently for a couple of days and liked it from the moment my golf bag, travel bag and golf cart made themselves comfortable in its cavernous boot.

The excitement starts with the turn of the ignition key and the trademark �Subaru Swish� as the tachometer and speedometer needles confirm their intent by arcing across their dials before coming to rest.

And it doesn�t take long to find out that the new Legacy remains great fun to drive, in spite of its slightly more conservative appearance. Still very much a driver�s car, it clings to the road so tenaciously that one wonders if it will ever come unstuck; the steering is precision-sharp (if a little light); the stopping power of the ABS brakes is impressive and the deep growl from under the bonnet is enough to cause a ripple of goose pimples.

In terms of exterior appearance the new Legacy has also been smarted up with some nifty cosmetic surgery and it now boasts a wide air intake below the front bumper, attractive hawk-eye headlights, a sporty grille and 215/45 high-performance rubber on lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels.

Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, cruise control, trip computer, electric windows and mirrors, leather trimming on the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake release, a super six-speaker sound system, adjustable steering column, power steering, headlights auto off and lots more.

This new Legacy looks so good and it feels so good that even Mrs Grumpy-Lumpy will approve of its presence in the drive-way of the family home.

And once she has tasted a little of the Subaru�s intoxicating naughtiness, she might even be persuaded that an upgrade to the very exciting 2.0-litre turbo GT Legacy or the legendary 3.0-litre RB would be a tremendous boost for her image with the ladies of the Tuesday-afternoon Book Club meetings.

Then it might only require a little begging for her to agree to the odd night out with the boys or a round of golf or a little nooky once a month�.
 
 
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