Subaru's Super Sleeper, Spec B
Most of you may have probably heard of the Subaru Legacy, but how many of you know about the legendary Spec. B?
When one thinks of a Subaru performance car, many people will respond with the Subaru Impreza WRX, and maybe some of you may also mention the Legacy GT. However, within the (4th generation) Legacy range, there was a limited production Legacy Spec B. Sold only with a six speed manual gearbox taken directly from the Subaru Impreza WRX STI of the time, the Spec B means serious business.
On the outside, the Spec.B does not look any more special than a normal Legacy GT. In fact, aside from the Spec.B badge in the back, the Spec.B and the Legacy are completely identical in terms of aesthetics.
PC: Jerry Yee (My friend's Spec. B)
The main difference is what is inside the body. Underneath the bonnet, the American Spec. B produces 250bhp from a 2.5L turbocharged four cylinder engine able to push the car from 0 to 60mph in just 5.3 seconds! (The Japanese Spec. B on the other hand produces 280bhp)
Aside from the power, the Spec. B featured further chassis and suspension stiffening to make this car a monster in the corners. According to my friend, who tracks his Spec. B shown above, he is able to easily overtake many other cars in the same class including several Subaru Impreza WRX's! (although he does use slicks) Without looking any different than a normal Subaru Legacy, the Spec. B is without a doubt a true sleeper car.
The interior is also more than well equipped, featuring heated seats, seat memory settings, Subaru's highest quality center console and my personal favorite, a Momo steering wheel that strangely includes audio controls to remind you that this is indeed a serious car.
Definitely a super incredible Subaru, this car is a great collector's car as well as a track car. Fancy one? Well good luck. Although it is not necessarily expensive, the Spec. B is incredibly rare. With only a limited production of 500 ever sold, the Spec. B is also commonly used as a daily car, meaning that even if you miraculously find one for sale, they will normally be incredibly high mileage and not in the best condition. Any Spec. B in the same condition as my friend's is definitely a true unicorn.
PC: Jerry yee
What do you think of the Spec. B? Would you try to find one? Comment your thoughts below, and as always thank you for reading!