SEMA Preview: Subaru Legacy 2.5GT VIP

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

The 2010 Subaru Legacy may have the agility and fun-to-drive spirit of the previous model but it is all-new and is built on a new platform that increases room and comfort. These changes make the Legacy an ideal candidate for the VIP ("bippu") treatment.

The 2010 Legacy 2.5GT is equipped with a new 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled engine that is teamed exclusively to a new 6-speed manual transmission for 2010 along with the Continuous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (viscous coupling locking center differential).

The stock torque curve (258 lb.-ft. at 2,000-5,200 RPM) makes city VIP-ing smooth and easy in this Legacy. The turbo Boxer is fitted with a custom full engine bay cover, SPT billet oil cap v2.0 and SPT billet battery hold-down v2.0.

To go "bippu" is to go low and this begins with the profile. The stock Subaru intercooler, which inhales through a hood scoop, is replaced by a Mishimoto front mount intercooler with custom piping, to allow a smooth hood.

To ride low, the Legacy VIP gets air suspension system from Universal Air. The vehicle rides on MC3 Enterprises Trinidad wheels that were customized and measures 20 x 10-inch in front (30 offset) with a 3-inch lip. The 20 x 10-inch rear wheels have a 12 offset and 4-inch lip.

The 235/30R20 Falken FK452 tires are also "stretched a bit.." Sourced from the Japanese domestic market (JDM) Legacy are the hood, bumper faces, sport grille, front and rear under spoilers, HID headlights and fog lights.

Power folding signal mirrors with chrome caps and the vent shades also come from the JDM Legacy parts supply. To keep the lines of the car clean, roof and decklid lip spoilers were added. Custom touches start with the rolled and flared fenders and add a chrome trunk garnish and door handles, along with puddle lights. Paint in Shinjuku Black Plum is sprayed on the body.

Legacy VIP interior is almost fully customized, featuring diamond stitch seats and door trim finished in Togarashi Red. Adding a VIP glow are an interior illumination kit and illuminated sill plates. Included in the SPT catalog parts are an auto-dimming mirror with transflective display and HomeLink transmitter and an STI Duracon shift knob.

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