2003 Subaru Legacy Blitzen B4
Rare JDM spec auto/tiptronic two-stage twin-turbo AWD-family saloon with boot mounted water-methanol injection system
Dating from February 2003 this late model B4 generation Legacy features the 2.0 two-stage twin-turbo Boxer engine, developing a quoted 276bhp for the manual and 268bhp for the automatic version as here. The twin stage turbos work sequentially in such a way that the primary turbo gives low down grunt, with the second joining the party above 4,000rpm giving considerable twin turbo performance and a greater torque(320NM in stock tune) and power delivery throughout the rev range.
This cool car comes to us in desirable 'Blitzen' spec, German for 'Lightning' and is the resultant product after a collaberation with design house 'Porsche design' and features many unique parts, available in some unique paint schemes with Subaru's top level of luxury-sport trim package available from the STi range with wheels, bodykit and interior designed by the Germans. In 2003 interiors were designed by Andreas Zapatinas, hence we see on this car the attractive two tone, Copper and black leather interior (bar the front seats which were changed by a previous owner for reasons unknown).
The Blitzen also introduced the sequential automatic gearbox by Aisin Seiki, Subaru's first foray into a performance sequential shift which, we understand from the vendor, suits the cars character.
The Legacy has been with our vendor the last couple of years and has been enjoyed proving trouble free and lots of practical fun. Eagle eyed viewers might have noticed the car has been fitted with a water/methanol injection system from American firm Snow Performance which we understand is set up to work automatically via the device in the centre console when filled, giving the car greater combustion and therefore more power giving a notable added layer of performance according to the vendor. A Dyno session recorded in the history file reveals the car to have made a maximum of 310PS (305Bhp) at c.6500rpm - this, we must point out is undated and was done in Japan prior to import.
Within the history file, we find the V5C showing the car has had three UK owners since UK registration in October 2013, the two Dyno run print-outs, invoice dated January 2014 from Advanced Automotive for a pair of headgaskets, inlet manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, head bolts, camshaft oil seals, timing belt and rocker cover gaskets costing £294.10 and spatter of Japanese service history dated 2004 - how good is your Japanese? We also find a period brochure, print-out of the hand book, Grading report dated 2004, Japanese book pack with manual and service book with what looks to be one stamp from 2010.
Bar a few marks to the car commensurate with age and mileage (149,432Km) and unusual dent to the top of the rear C-pillar, it presents well, looking sharp sitting on light gold alloys, rear privacy glass and discreet off-beat Boxer engine warble coming from the Prodrive exhaust backbox. With a current MOT valid until February 2022 with one minor advisory for tyre wear, it looks to be ready to enjoy as the season for car events opens up - the excellent monthly JDM orientated 'Daikoku' night at Caffeine and Machine near Stratford-on-Avon beckons.... As for the random spanner in the lower mesh front grill? No, we're not sure either.
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