Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

I drove the new Subaru Legacy GT Spec B yesterday. I was disappointed. I owned a Legacy RS RA 16 years ago and I always remember a sense of occasion when driving it – the boxer burble was intoxicating. I know that the GT is supposed to be more of a grand tourer with executive pretensions, but it was just a quick car (albeit a competent car).

And the reason is that Subaru doesn’t need an RS now. The RS Legacy was pre-WRX. The WRX fills the niche that the RS had as the rally representative for Subaru, thrashed by McRae in its signature blue and gold. The Legacy has become a trendy company director’s car; one purchased when a Jag, Merc or Beemer just aren’t the right image (or there’s spousal pressure for all-wheel drive safety).

The original RS Legacy did leave a legacy, but the end result would never have been expected 16 years ago.

I drove the new Subaru Legacy GT Spec B yesterday. I was disappointed. I owned a Legacy RS RA 16 years ago and I always remember a sense of occasion when driving it – the boxer burble was intoxicating. I know that the GT is supposed to be more of a grand tourer with executive pretensions, but it was just a quick car (albeit a competent car).

And the reason is that Subaru doesn’t need an RS now. The RS Legacy was pre-WRX. The WRX fills the niche that the RS had as the rally representative for Subaru, thrashed by McRae in its signature blue and gold. The Legacy has become a trendy company director’s car; one purchased when a Jag, Merc or Beemer just aren’t the right image (or there’s spousal pressure for all-wheel drive safety).

The original RS Legacy did leave a legacy, but the end result would never have been expected 16 years ago.

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