Subaru Australia today confirmed the return of All-Wheel Drive turbocharged Liberty GT as part of Subaru’s 2007 line-up. The range topping WRX for grown ups has not been on sale since 2005 – however a limited STi tuned version of the Liberty did quite well in Australia. The new MY07 Liberty GT will be powered by the award-winning 2.5 litre horizontally opposed boxer engine that recently got named as the Engine of the year for its class. Subaru Managing Director Nick Senior has also confirmed that GT will, for the first time, be available as a spec.B variant complementing the Liberty 3.0R spec.B and offering more choice.
Subary has given us something to look forward to with 18-inch alloy wheels, Bilstein suspension pack, body kit and the choice of a six-speed STI-derived manual gearbox or five-speed Sportshift automatic in the spec.B
A significant part of our Liberty volume now comes from range-topping cars and our customer feedback indicates huge interest in the return of GT. The fact that spec.B will be available in both sedan and wagon will add extra appeal. Subaru Managing Director Nick Senior
In Australia, the 2.5 litre turbocharged engine is already used in the Impreza WRX and Forester XT. Full details of the 2007 Subaru Liberty GT will be announced in September. However, limited GT stock will be available this year, so if you are after one, go see a Subaru dealer now! The MY07 Subaru Libertys and Subaru Outbacks will maintain their five-star Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crashworthiness rating for occupant safety.
I’d expect prices to start around the $53,000 mark. Performance (going by the engine in the WRX) should be around 180kw (if not more) and get the Liberty GT from 0-100km/hr in around 6.5 seconds.