It’s our anniversary … and you get the present.
Sleek, responsive, and extremely versatile, the all-new 2015 Legacy is built for an uncompromising, dynamic driving experience. Road-gripping, corner-hugging Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) delivers the ability for you to go where other sedans simply can’t. This Legacy is the catalyst to take you on an incredibly exciting journey that has to be experienced.
Bold, sophisticated styling, class-leading interior space, and improved handling, safety, and fuel efficiency – the sixth-generation Legacy puts it all together for the ultimate feeling of control and confidence. This flagship Legacy is loaded with more features – inside and out, and front to rear – so everywhere you look, you see the Subaru commitment to innovation, engineering, and technology for those who have a genuine passion for driving, our customers. This is more than a sedan. It’s a sedan designed and built by Subaru!
When the Legacy was first introduced in 1990, people weren’t familiar with front-mounted, water-cooled, horizontally opposed engines or all-wheel drive. In order to set us apart from every other sedan in the marketplace, Subaru prepared to break the world record for driving 100,000 kilometers (62,137 miles). It took only 18.5 days for the Legacy to establish a new world record and 13 international records, many of which still stand today. The Legacy bested records previously held by Alfa Romeo®, Saab®, and Porsche® with an average speed of 138.7 mph! (See Spring 2009 Drive.)
The 1990 Legacy was also a milestone vehicle because it was the first Subaru model to roll off the production line at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) plant located in Lafayette, Indiana. Since its introduction, SIA’s production of the Legacy has totaled approximately 1 million. With more than 95 percent of all Legacy models sold in the last 10 years still on the road,1 it’s a true testament to manufacturing quality and durability!
Subaru Legacy History
Legacy and Outback: Siblings … but Separate
When the Legacy was introduced in 1990, it was offered in two body styles: sedan and wagon. The all-wheel drive wagon proved to be very popular and built a strong following – so much so that in 1996, a new model was introduced: Legacy Outback. It rode higher than the conventional station wagon and quickly developed a cultlike following.
For the 2000 model year, “Legacy” was dropped from the name, and it became the Outback (at that time you could get the Legacy and Outback in both sedan and wagon body styles).
For the 2007 model year, the Legacy Wagon was dropped, as was the Outback Sedan – from that point forward, Legacy was only offered as a sedan and Outback as a wagon, differentiating the two model lines.
Legacy: A History of Distinction
Subaru has always viewed the Legacy as its flagship sedan. Accordingly, over the years, there have been some unique models that are prized possessions of Subaru collectors.
Here are a few key Legacy models:
- 2.5GT spec.B: This rally-inspired, high-performance model was a limited-edition model with only 500 units made for the 2006 model year. It featured Bilstein® shock absorbers (hence, the B in spec.B) and 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires for better handling. The spec.B was a regular model from 2007 through 2009.
- Legacy Sport: This designation was used for high-performance versions of the Legacy that featured turbocharged engines, similar to the engine used in the WRX STI. It showed how much fun you could have driving a Legacy.
- Outback Sedan: This was the ultimate niche vehicle – a sedan with high ground clearance in a world of SUVs. The Outback Sedan had quite a following in Snowbelt states, as it provided the style of a sedan and the practicality of the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Subaru ended production of the Outback Sedan in 2006.
- L.L.Bean® Edition: In 2000, to create a more upscale option, L.L.Bean became the official outfitter of Subaru, which in turn led to the “L.L.Bean Edition” Outback. The L.L.Bean trim level was the top of the line, with leather- and wood-trimmed interiors and all available options offered as standard equipment.
Legacy: Eye-Opening Performance Around the World
Most sedans and wagons are great family cars … not great track cars. But Subaru proved that the Legacy – in both sedan and wagon form – could break records and win races.
Check out these results:
- 100,000km world record: In 1989, Subaru broke records held by Porsche, Saab, and Alfa Romeo when a turbocharged Legacy RS Sedan averaged 138.7 mph for 447 hours, 44 minutes, and 9.887 seconds (18.5 days).
- World speed record: In 1998, a Legacy Wagon set a world speed record for a mass-produced turbocharged station wagon – clocking 168.1 mph/270.5 kph.
- Rally cars: In 1990, Subaru started rally racing the Legacy in the World Rally Championship (WRC). By 1993, the car had its first win, capturing Rally New Zealand by beating highly respected competitors. For the 1994 rally season, the Legacy gave way to the lighter Impreza WRC car, which had a spectacular history of rally championships in the WRC. However, to this day, the Legacy remains a tough competitor in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Rally America rally events.
- Alcan Winter Rally: Legacy and Outback have won this grueling rally several times: 1990, 1992, 2002, and 2006.
- GRAND-AM Legacy Wagon/Time Attack: In 2005, Subaru decided to go racing in GRAND-AM as well as time attack. It did so with a 2005 Legacy 2.5GT Wagon. GRAND-AM features road racing versus other vehicles, while time attack is racing against the clock.
- GRAND-AM 2.5GT spec.B: For the 2007 GRAND-AM Series, Subaru switched to a Legacy Sedan and, through 2009, won several races while in contention for class championships.
The 25th Anniversary of SIA
When the Legacy was introduced to the world for the 1990 model year, it also became the first Subaru made in America, and it is still produced at the same plant!
Here are some interesting facts about the SIA facility:
- SIA received the J.D. Power® Platinum Plant Assembly Line Quality Award in 2013.
- SIA employs more than 3,600 associates.
- SIA was the first auto assembly plant in America to achieve zero-landfill status.
- SIA has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
- SIA was the recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Award for Corporate Service.
SIA plays an integral role in the success of the Legacy, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Learn more about SIA.
1 Based on IHS Automotive: Polk U.S. Total Registrations MY 2004-2013.