Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Subaru Legacy GTk makes its debut at SEMA Show

Subaru has unveiled another concept — the new Subaru Legacy GTk — at the 2009 SEMA Auto Show. The other two vehicles include Subaru’sWRX STI and Legacy VIP concept cars. Based also on the new 2010 Legacy, the Legacy GTk concept car is a turbocharged, lowered, beefed-up Subaru sport wagon.

It’s ideal for taking to the track or for some autocross action and is described as the “ultimate” track-ready sporty wagon. The new Subaru Legacy GTk concept car is intended to attract performance enthusiasts who have a family. Lift the tailgate and there’s a Coyote Motorsports XP go-kart for the kiddies.

Specialized Vehicles Inc. (SVI), which developed the concept, installed a modified roof, blacked-out headlights, a custom front bumper with integrated fog-lights, hood vents, smoked tail lights and a fully custom black-over-red paint scheme.

With regards to its performance, the powertrain was boosted and is now equipped with a new six-speed manual gearbox, a modified exhaust system and recalibrated ECU, all of which liberates 300 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque from the vehicle’s 2.5-liter ‘boxer’ engine. For safety, the designers also added a short-throw shifter, a viscous coupling locking center differential, a new strut tower brace, a Bilstein suspension kit and a full Brembo brake package with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear.