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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?

2y ago

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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.

PC: Jerry Yee

PC: Jerry Yee

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)

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)

PC: Jerry Yee

PC: Jerry Yee

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.

PC: Jerry Yee

PC: Jerry Yee

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.

PC: Jerry Yee

PC: Jerry Yee

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

PC: Jerry yee

PC: Jerry Yee

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!

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Comments (6)

  • In EU we had Spec B. With a flat H6 3.0L. Japan also had a twinTurbo Legacy. I think it's an awsome car but a bit too hard for normal day use it's painful to feel. It's not paonful to you but you feel the pain instead of the car. And local roads....

      2 years ago
  • I have a 2007 Spec B for sale. Nearly all parts have been upgraded or replaced, including the engine, which has only 20,000 miles. What's the best way to sell it?

      2 days ago
  • Iown one of the unicorns your talking about - 2008 Subaru Legacy GT spec.B with 38k on the dash. They did produce about 1200 of these cars for the US market. 2006-2009 the 2006 was only a 5 speed.

      5 months ago
  • For your information, the spec B is not that expensive and yes there is a H6 spec B with the EZ30. The previous version of the legacy was offered with a 2.5 H4 twin turbo called Legacy B4 but only in rhd.

      2 years ago
    • I dont think I said it was expensive, just hard to find one for sale. The B4 is Japan only I believe and isn’t a limited production

        2 years ago
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