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 |  Jun 11 2010, 7:47 AM


Subaru has just announced the introduction of an STI-tuned Legacy for the Japanese market. Offered in both sedan and touring (wagon) bodystyles the Legacy 2.5GT tS (as in, tuned by STI) gets a long list of upgrades to make it a more capable performer.

We’re a bit sad to see that other than an exhaust system there aren’t any changes to the engine, but with 265-hp it still delivers plenty. The are, however, numerous handling upgrades including a Bilstein suspension, strut bars, plus lighter and larger 18-inch wheels with 225/45/18 rubber.

Exterior mods include a new front lip as well as a subtle trunklid spoiler for the sedan and a nice roof wing for the wagon. The interior wasn’t ignored either with a new instrument panel, leather STI sport seats with red stitching, an STI steering wheel and shifter, plus STI floor mats and door sill scuff plates.

Pricing for the sedan in Japan starts at 4,029,900 Yen (roughly $44,190), with the wagon starting at 4,187,400 Yen (around $45,920).

Sadly, neither are offered in North America and aren’t likely to be. And that’s a real shame because an STI-tuned Legacy wagon looks like our kind of “crossover.”

GALLERY: Subaru Legacy 2.5GT tS Sedan and Wagon