IN THE WORLD OF MOTORS
The column materials were prepared by Alexey Vorobyov-Obukhov and Mikhail Gzovsky
The Japanese company Subaru has gained popularity thanks to all-wheel drive cars with reliable boxer engines, the first of which appeared back in 1965. Successful performances in the rally, in particular, the Impreza-WRC model, made a considerable contribution to the creation of the Subaru sports image.
Different versions of the Legacy model with sedan and station wagon bodies are no less popular with Subaru buyers. On the basis of the latter, in 1996 they designed the Outback modification for driving in poor road conditions. The increased cross-country ability, coupled with multifunctionality, instantly made Outback one of the leaders in this market sector. His second generation appeared at the end of 1998. Now it’s the turn of the revision of the sedan and station wagon, produced in its current form since 1993.
The name of the model (translated from English Legacy - heritage) fully justifies the minimal stylistic changes made to the look of the Subaru. Thanks to the larger headlights, Legacy acquired a European appearance, getting rid of the characteristic “Asian squint”. The unusually long line of the roof of the sedan smoothly flows into a short, but by no means a small trunk - its volume is 464 liters. This is the merit of the new, more compact multi-link rear suspension; the front one, such as the McPherson, remained the same.
Signature “Subaru” - permanent all-wheel drive. It is designed in such a way that under normal road conditions, the torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels in a ratio of 40:60 (or 50:50 in the version with a manual gearbox). However, as soon as the drift of one of the axles is fixed, the moment with the help of an interaxle differential with a viscous coupling immediately loads the wheels having better grip.