Subaru Liberty (Gen 2)

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Subaru Liberty (Generation 2)

1994 - 1998
Flat 4 "boxer"
2.0 turbo / 2.2 litre
98 / 115 kW
5 spd. man / 4 spd. auto
Top Speed:
180 Km/h / 230 Km/h
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Subaru Liberty (Generation 2)
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by Dominic Franco

In 1994 Subaru released the Generation 2 Liberty. The new model carried over the conservative styling, with most commentators of the day describing it as an evolution rather than a revolution.

This was something that, until now, had been the styling methodology applied to car design by the more prestigous European marques, and it seemed totally out of character for a Japanese manufacturer.

The Liberty carried over the same three window profile, however it was now 50mm longer and 10mm taller. The wheelbase was stretched by 50mm, although the width remained below the Japanese limit of 1.7 metres.

The engines remained the same as those fitted to the outgoing models, with no increase in cubic capacity.

However there was a dip in power output, it decreasing to 94kW. Fortunately this loss of power was to some extent overcome by an increase in torque, now at 180Nm @ 2000 rpm.

You had to look beyond the sheet metal to reveal the quality and drivability of the car, and that is exactly what Wheels magazine did. That it won their 1994 "Car Of The Year" award came as no surprise, for the owners of a Liberty anyway.

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