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Mike Stevens | Jun 10, 2008

Subaru today announced the release of the 2008 Liberty GT tuned by STI—I thought it best to italicize, lest the name cause confusion—featuring a slather of upgrades from the boffins at Subaru Tecnica International (STI).

First off the upgrade rank is a boost to the power, offering 194kw at 6000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2800rpm. This marks a sweet increase from 184kw and 339Nm respectively. To capitalise on the power gain, the Liberty GT tuned by STI comes with the requisite STI suspension upgrades.

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Lead by a set of Bilstein shock absorbers and unique damping ratios, the STI-tuned GT offers a flatter ride with a dramatically improved stroke and linear control.

Take your x-ray glasses to the rear, and you'll find a suspension built around partial ball bearing-jointed bushes, which act to suppress suspension friction, achieving high lateral rigidity that can't help but improve its handling and road-holding ability. Combined with a set of STI springs lowering the car by a further 5mm, this is one well-spec'd Liberty. But oh, that's not all.

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Visually, there's a uniquely styled front grille, and a couple of tuned by STI badges to let the regular Joes know where you're coming from. To top off the stylistic points—and add a dollop of performance functionality—there's a front lip and rear boot spoiler to suppress lift, improve aerodynamics, and increase stability for high speed shenanigans (which, of course, happen only at the track). And at the EPA-interested end, there's a sports muffler with STI-embossed tips.

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Step into the office, and your backside's greeted by a set of leather and alcantara front seats, emblazoned with a cherry red STI logo. Offering a considered balance of firmness and suppleness, they provide support for the weekend warrior and reduce fatique for anyone driving on Sydney roads. There's also an eight-way power driver's seat with memory settings.

Continuing the special sports treatment is the speedometer and door sills, both loaded up with the STI logo (lest you forget).

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The Liberty GT tuned by STI is available in both sedan and wagon form, and is armed with either a traditional six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic box. It's yours in any colour you want, as long as it's black (or silver, grey, or white).

Only 250 editions will be made.

Recommended retail pricing:

Manual sedan $65,990

SPORTSHIFT automatic sedan $65,990

Manual wagon $67,990

SPORTSHIFT automatic wagon $67,990

Dealer delivery and statutory charges are additional.

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