What car would be rarer to drive in the Netherlands than a JDM Nissan Skyline GT-R R32?
A JDM Subaru Legacy B4!
The Subaru Legacy B4 is actually a very special type within the Legacy series, just like the WRX is for the Impreza series. There is so much improved on the car and so much that is non-standard!
It just doesn’t stop with the hoodscoop (that is missing on this car) popping out of that aluminium bonnet alone:
This third generation Legacy (second generation B4) is an early type car and the 2.0 liter engine has been modified to a twin-turbo setup giving this car an output of 280hp (or 210kw). Later types received increased displacement to 2.5 and 3.0 liter NA engines but this 2.0 liter twin turbo is the most powerful of them all.
The suspension of later types has been tuned on the Nurburgring with the aim to match the then ruling BMW M3. The car in Japan was aligned right next to the four door Nissan Skyline and the B4 performance made it compete with the Autech 40th anniversary four door BNR33.
The exhaust is also electronically controlled where it tries to keep the noise down at low road speeds by rerouting the exhaust while at higher road speeds it opens up and increases gas flow. I wonder if this modified exhaust still features that or is now one straight pipe. 😉
According to several sources the American audio company McIntosh spent almost a year in Japan to customize the audio system.
The front badge is also something different as it features two L shapes (one upside down) and is often referred to as L7. Urban myth says it stands for Legacy and the 7 stars of the Pleiades constellation in the Subaru badge, however the Subaru badge only wears 6 stars which stand for the 5 companies that joined the Fuji Heavy Industries. Confusing? Nah!
I found out that, so far, only four Legacy B4s have been imported to the netherlands which makes it a very rare car and I’m happy that someone in my hometown decided this to be a great family mover. 😉