Legacy GT-B E-Tune. STi Spec - Fast Road Tuned. Rare 5 Speed Manual. Pristine!
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Legacy GT-B E-Tune Sti & other performance tuning. 5 Speed Manual.
The Subaru Legacy GT-B Twin Turbo BH5 Sport Wagon was introduced for the Japan market only at the end of 1998. As usual, the Japanese kept the best for themselves, with the UK, Europe, etc only getting normally aspirated Legacy Estate models! This 2000 model is only the second Legacy GT-B E-tune 5 Speed manual (280 bhp) we've been able to source a stunning example at that. Note this is a facelift model including revised front and rear lights, bumpers, etc.
This GT-B E-Tune is an extensively equipped robust spaceous family car offering legendary Subaru twin-turbo performance. This particular example is extremely rare being equipped with a 5 speed manual gearbox and impressive performance cosmetic upgrades worth approx £4,000 included. As a complete package this Legacy GT-B Twin Turbo is unbeatable for performance, value and versatility.
We find these cars are finding welcoming homes with business people who need to carry loads for their work, or owners wanting space to carry hobby goods on weekends - whilst desiring a car that is capable of covering ground quickly, be fun to hussle on twisty country roads and able to operate in all weather conditions. These Subarus are also capable of covering high mileages reliably, so they're a good choice for many. A better and more reliable choice than most performance 4WD estate car European counterparts.
Original Mechanical Specification includes: 2 litre 16 valve boxer 4 cylinder EJ20 engine with intercooled sequential twin-turbos making 280 bhp as standard, 5 speed manual gearbox mated to permanent 4 wheel drive, with powerful 4 wheel disc brakes. These combined help to offer a refined yet sporty ride with class leading load capacity. 0-60 in 5.8 seconds with ability to return 30 mpg when driven normally. Naturally there's ABS as standard too. Considering the capacity of swallowing an entire family of 5, their luggage and the dog with ability to cruise at high speed to say a Ski resort, it only weighs 1,520kg unlaiden, just 90kg more than a 4 door Impreza Sti (GDB Version)!
Performance Improvements are useful without affecting reliability. This car has presence not just from it's stance but the exhaust sound which is conspicuous from the familiar but menacing Subaru burble. The exhaust fitted sounds great! There's a Zero Sports polished intake pipe and alloy cooling panel plus a 1.3 bar radiator cap. A Hot Ima Zma earthing kit improves spark plug performance. Exhaust is an RSR Magic EX MAG GT II (Cat back). RAYS TE37 forged-alloy wheels with matching centre caps are fitted with 215/40R18 sports tyres. Locking wheel nuts are also included (With key). TEIN type NA coilovers give a lower and better controlled ride combined with uprated SYMS front rear uprated anti-roll bars. There's a set of Vacanza lower arms too plus front and rear cusco sdtrut braces all of which help add rigidity handling response. The front brakes have been uprated with STi (Impreza version 6) discs 4 pot calipers. The horns have also been uprated, since the standard ones are a bit feeble!Interior Improvements include: Full (rare) original option STi white-face gauge set. On the A Pilar is a twin pod 60mm bespoke housing with two Greddy electronic gauges for oil pressure and turbo boost. On the steering column there's a Blitz DCII turbo timer. A full STi metal pedal cover set is fitted and there's a sports shift knob and motorsports style cigar lighter too. Hifi is a high quality Alpine 200W double DIN head unit and speakers are uprated high power handling items by Addzest. All ICE is included free of charge and without warranty on this car.
Cosmetic Improvements: Aside from RAYS 18" TE37 wheels TEIN coilovers as mentioned above, this car's equipped with a rare original factory option bodykit consisting of front splitter, side skirts and rear spats. Note that E-tune models carry (HID) uprated headlights and crystal type rear lenzes. This car also has clear side repeaters and STi emblems. Driving lights are high power items by PIAA as are the wipers.At Newera we always seek out the best spec'd looked after cars - we know the cars people spend a lot on are often the best loved cared for. This example is the culmination of a long search for an E-Tune inclusive of not only a (rare!) 5 speed manual transmission but well over £4,000 worth of tuning extras. The wheels alone cost close to £2,000 new. Interior Specification: Half leather bucket type sports seats with alcantara inserts, electrically adjustable driver's seat, additional storage under boot area partition, original option boot liner carpet, split folding rear seats, rear luggage area cover, full set of fitted mats, plastic foot size fitted boot liner, retractable luggage cover, Momo SRS leather trimmed steering wheel, SRS airbag for passenger, leather trimmed shift boot, climate controlled air conditioning, electric door mirrors with retract mode, full electric windows remote controlled central locking.
Exterior Specification: UV cut privacy glass for all rear windows (Factory fitted) with pilarless glass on all doors (Also note the black windows wrap all around the car, only the A pilars are visible), original option wind deflectors, HID (Main Beam) headlights, PIAA factory fitted driving lights, Aero roof rails, high level rear spoiler with integrated brake light, sports front grille, vented bonnet, rear wash wipe. Note the low centre design of the rear bumper for ease of loading.
Test Drive: As with each car we source, this example was picked for it's high quality low genuine mileage. It's clear from the general condition, this example's not been driven hard and has always been well looked after since new. As such it drives without fault and the engine is purrrfectly quiet, no rattles or other signs of wear. Using the first turbo, to bring on boost from low rpm this car feels potent right from the off, then at around 4,500 rpm there's a transition / increase in power as the second turbo is introduced and the exhaust valve opens. Strongest power thereafter all the way to the redline at 7,500 rpm makes for a very quick production car! We found absolutely no faults to report / needing repair.
Condition Report: Auction grade is 4.0. The following faults are only very minor, clearly shown in pictures and will be professionally touched in prior to completion: There are 2 small marks on the n/s/f door moulding. Front bumper spoiler has a small but visible scratch on the n/s corner. On the rear bumper's under spoiler there's a small scratch on the (n/s) corner too. The centre of the rear bumper has been touched in by the previous owner. Match is pretty much perfect and not easily noticable. There's also a very light pin/line dent on the driver's door - too small to require repair, but mentioned to give a complete report.Wheel rims have some minor scratches from use over the years too.
Interior is in excellent condition with no faults to report at all. See the ash tray which shows this has been a non-smoker's car since new. See photos of underside note the complete lack of corrosion oil leaks. Engine bay is also in excellent condition, with no rust on bolts, etc. Even the fins on the intercooler show virtually no flattening, further indicating this car's not been driven hard (Subaru intercooler fins will flatten if the car's driven at speed in rain, for example!).
Note that being a 2000 (March) model, this car offers high performance motoring, with low level UK road tax costs for the future as rule changes come in. Please be aware: This is a hand picked example of much better quality than you may find elsewhere is the last example we currently have in stock. We are having difficulty picking up good examples like this in Japan (Last one similar was 6 months ago), so once it's gone - we expect finding other replacement Legacy GT-B Manual models could once again take a long time. Note in particular - this car's condition and very low original mileage - tally it up and it will make sense to have this than a similar example in poorer condition, Auto or worse - a car that's suffered a decade of UK winters. Without doubt - This GT-B is the best example currently available and will give fun, capable and reliable motoring for a long time. UK of full preparation as described, 12 months MOT, 6 month's tax and a year's full comprehensive warranty is £7,495. This unique Legacy GT-B E-tune 5 Speed Manual is currently stored under roof cover in Chiba, Japan and can be shipped promptly to either UK or any other country. If outside of UK ask about our FOB package A deposit of £1,000 secures.
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