At first glance, the Outback looks like a family wagon on stilts. On closer inspection though, considering this was a 3.0 R model, you can observe the 17 inch alloy wheels and the two "power domes" on the hood, which give a hint of the car's potential under a "heavy right foot". The xenon-equipped headlights kind of remind us of an angrier-looking Volkswagen Passat, but since the Japanese model was launched earlier we cannot put the blame on them for copying anything. Also, they weren't standard and not even optional, which is a little bit strange. Since the 3.0 R comes with a natural-aspirated flat-six engine, there's no need for a hood-scoop to provide fresh air for an intercooler a la Subaru's other turbocharged models.
A classy but sporty touch are the frameless door windows both at the front and at the rear, which give the impression of stepping in/out of a coupe or a convertible. The main differences from the regular Legacy Wagon (apart from the obvious higher ground clearance) consist of a more bulky-looking front bumper which integrates two huge fog-lights, wider wheel arch plastic covers and some plastic "rugged" pieces all around the car, enforcing the impression of "go-anywhere" ability.
The car is pretty long in all directions, but subtle sporty or rugged-looking touches help hide some of its overall size. The rear portion isn't hiding the fact it's a jacked-up station wagon one bit on the other hand, considering the humongous windowed areas on just about every side of the car. The lateral proportions are almost identical to on an older generation Land Rover Discovery, which also resembled a raised station wagon. A nice design touch (albeit very far from being original) are the LED signals integrated in the outside mirrors, which are also adding points to the already "in your face" overall look of the car.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Ahem... I don't know why you people keep pestering me with these practical... ahem... vehicles. I don't need a gargantuan trunk to fit my golf clubs. Plus, you should have already known that I enjoy luxury in every sense, but especially car luxury... ahem... it is very important to me, understand? Just the thought that you would bring me a Japanese car to drive, since everybody knows that luxury on four wheels resides in Great Britain, is... ahem... simply preposterous!
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