Publié par: François Raymond Date: dimanche 10 juillet 2011
The Legacy GT’s Achilles heel, I must say, is its transmission. For those not in the know, the GT – the Legacy line’s high-performance iteration – comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual. I’m generally fine with an exclusive transmission, be it a manual, automatic, or dual-clutch, as long as it’s really good. Alas, the Legacy’s is not. Even with the $654 short-throw kit installed, the 6-speed remains notchy, imprecise, and disengaging, the last both literally and figuratively. And those short throws? They’re indeed shorter, but not by much and still too long. Remedy? In my opinion, it’s simple – swap in the 6-speed from the Impreza WRX STI. Yes, I realize the STI’s is an expensive hand-built tranny, but our Legacy costs $34,539. Surely, Subaru can figure out a way to absorb the STI 6M’s cost without upping the GT’s price. Since Subaru has made the GT’s manual a focal point of the car, the transmission ought to be both worthy and laudable. Here’s to hoping.
The rest of the car, however, is quite good. Besides some low-end turbo lag, the 2.5-liter boxer has plenty of guts, revs smoothly, and even sounds pretty sweet. The ride is downright cushy, making long trips a breeze. If anything, I wouldn’t mind a modest stiffening of the suspension, to make tackling back roads more fun. Speaking of back roads, the Legacy has no problem hustling through them, but it wallows a bit much when the pavement proves moderately undulating. And I love the cruising range of the GT. Thanks to a 18.5-gallon fuel tank and 25 mpg highway, the Legacy can go 463 miles between fill-ups.
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