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by George Skentzos

Subaru has unveiled the special edition Japanese domestic market Subaru Legacy 2.5GT tS otherwise known as the Tuned by STI version here in Australia.

Available in both sedan and touring wagon form, the Subaru Legacy 2.5GT tS models boast a raft of performance enhancements sourced from the Subaru Technica International (STI) parts catalogue.

From what we can interpret from the Japanese press release, the STI upgrades are limited to exterior and suspension enhancements with the 2.5-litre flat-four turbo engine left untouched.

The usual Tuned By STI enhancements have been added including new STI 18-inch wheels shod in 225/45 R18 rubber, STI sports muffler and front and rear STI lip spoilers with a roof spoiler for the Touring wagon.

Improvements to the suspension include front and rear STI strut tower braces, inverted type STI struts with matching STI coil springs along with unique STI damper tuning.

Inside the tS models boast unique Alcantara and leather front seats with ten-way adjustment, an STI instrument cluster with 260km/h speedo reading, leather steering wheel and gear knob with contrasting red stitching, decorative highlights with a titanium carbon finish and Alcantara door trim.

Only 600 examples of the Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon 2.5GT tS and Subaru Legacy B4 2.5GT tS will be available in Japan from November 2010.

Australian availability of the special edition Subaru Liberty Tuned By STI model is yet to be confirmed.