Subaru's Special Edition GT a Real Rarity
Motoring Channel Staff - 18/10/2005
Subaru Liberty GT Tuned by STI
With some minor engine management tweaks, the
souped-up Liberty GT makes 200 kilowatts of power
A pair of these shiny STI exhaust pipes adorn the
left and right rear end of the fancy-looking Soob
Subaru Australia is adding a new turbocharged Liberty GT
to its performance stable with the introduction of a variant
tuned by Subaru Tecnica International (STI), of which only
300 units will be created.
Unveiled at the 2005 Australian International Motor Show
in Sydney, the Liberty GT Tuned by STI features several engineering
and cosmetic upgrades.
Nick Senior, Subaru Australia's managing director, said:
"The Liberty GT Tuned by STI is the result of customer
feedback, our strong relationship with Fuji Heavy Industries
and Subaru Tecnica International in Japan, and the commitment
and skill of our Australian engineering and development team
based in Sydney and at Subaru Interactive @ Docklands in Melbourne."
Under the bonnet an upgraded Electronic Control Unit (ECU)
increases peak power from 190 kilowatts to 200kW and torque
from 330 Newton metres to 343Nm in the manual and 180kW to
190kW and torque from 310Nm to 343Nm in the automatic. This
represents more than five per cent increase in power across
"The team from FHI spent time in Australia working with
the Subaru Australia engineering and motor sport team to produce
a variant developed especially for the Australian market,
and I believe we have come up with a very exciting and appealing
package," stated Senior.
Engine performance is improved with acceleration and throttle
response becoming more linear, allowing superior acceleration
at lower engine speed compared to the standard GT.
Two STI twin tip sports mufflers complete the engine upgrade
components, enhancing exhaust flow and providing better turbo
response and a sportier sound.
Suspension upgrades include STI lowered springs that drop
the car by 15mm, sports tuned Bilstein front and rear struts,
and a titanium look front strut brace increases the vehicles
rigidity, enhancing handling and steering response.
An STI rear lateral link set reduces suspension friction,
improving ride, roadholding and steering precision as well.
Customised body styling complements the vehicles performance
capabilities and includes a front lip and rear boot spoiler
enhancing vehicle aerodynamics by increasing down force and
improving the front lift coefficient (CLf) by approximately
Unique 18-inch wheels feature a wider 7.5-inch rim and Pirelli
P Zero Rosso (215/45R18) tyres maximise grip, especially in
Subaru Motorsport Manager Greg Foletta says the decision
to use Pirelli tyres comes from Subaru and Pirellis
strong rally heritage.
"Subaru and Pirelli have developed a strong relationship
through rallying and to be able to work with Pirelli on this
occasion was fantastic. Pirelli P Zero Rossos are high performance
tyres, offering outstanding wet and dry grip as well as enhancing
ride comfort, making them perfectly suited for the GT Tuned
Inside, an all-black interior features leather seats with
STI embroidered alcantara inserts, complete with trademark
red stitching, offering increased comfort levels. Titanium
finish trim on the dash, centre console, door trim and an
aluminium pedal set give the vehicle a modern, sporty edge.
STI-red luminescent dash cluster lights complete the interior
"Our goal was to refine, not redesign with the key focus
being on enhancing all driving aspects," said Nick Senior.
"Subaru customers who purchase this variant are interested
in the next level when it comes to performance, and a unique
"Both of these elements were top of mind when our engineers
designed this special edition," Mr Senior mentioned.
The Liberty GT Tuned by STI is available as a sedan and wagon
in both automatic and manual transmissions. The manual variant
features a quick shift gear lever resulting in a quicker,
more responsive and sporty gear change.
Available in Black, Premium Silver and Urban Grey the Liberty
GT Tuned by STI will offer two alloy rim colours. Black vehicles
will feature charcoal wheels while Premium Silver and Urban
Grey vehicles will feature brushed silver wheels.
With a limited production of 300 vehicles, the Liberty GT
Tuned by STI will be on sale from January 2006. Pricing for
the Liberty GT Tuned by STI starts at $59,490 for the 5-speed