With the new Subaru Legacy, a high performance version of it has also arrived: the B4 RSK. The B4, which indicated suspension tuning by Porsche (yes, Porsche!), Subaru's new partner in Japan, and RSK which stands for Rally Sport Kompressor are the main clues to the true nature of this 280 horsepower sedan. That is the same output of the Subaru Impreza WRX STi and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI (isn't it convenient how so many Japanese cars have 2.0 litre engines and put out 280PS?) which just like the B4 RSK will not be sold in North America. Quite a shame considering the performance and value.
The twin-turbo system provides the excellent 4-cylinder powerplant with the
power for some spirited performance. The twin-turbo, twin-cam boxer engine,
5-speed manual gearbox, AWD system with viscous central LSD and low, low curb
weight, sound like the perfect ingredients for mounting a challenge on the WRC.
If you expect to spend most of your time at the track or rallying, get a Lancer
Evolution, but if all you need is a great sports sedan with the ability to
easily haul 4 people, the Legacy B4 RSK is a perfect and more conservative
choice. - by Traian Popescu
|Base Price, USD||26,450||Engine Type||DOHC twin-turbo flat-4|
|Powertrain Layout||Front engine, AWD||Displacement, cc||1994|
|Curb Weight, lb||3168||0-60 mph, sec||5.9|
|1/4 mile, sec||-||0-100 mph, sec||15.9|
|70-0 mph, ft||-||Top speed, mph||157|