Subaru Liberty RS Turbo: the breakthrough Subaru

23 November 2018

Nothing prepared us for the Subaru Impreza WRX; not even the wonderful Liberty RS Turbo. Sold in other markets as the Legacy, the Liberty was first seen in Australia in 1989. It was the only vehicle at the time to be available with four-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive, as well as sedan and wagon. (The decision to rename the model ‘Liberty’ for this market was in deference to Legacy Australia.)

To understand the Impreza WRX or even the Legacy/Liberty RS, it is important to know that the Legacy, which was Fuji Heavy Industries’ (FHI) first mainstream medium-sized car, was conceived from the beginning to enable Subaru to build a marketing platform based on success in motorsport.

The Liberty RS Turbo essentially set the template for future high performance Subarus and it even paved the way in the World Rally Championship for its lighter, nimbler WRX successor.