Rate It: The Legacy B4 Blitzen Was a Joint Project Between Subaru and Porsche

By Colin Wood
Nov 3, 2020 | Porsche, Subaru, Blitzen, Legacy

Subaru and Porsche may share a common thread with their use of flat-four and flat-six engines, but the two companies never formally worked together—except on at least one occasion: the Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen.

Based on the high-performance B4, the Blitzen was the range-topping luxury grand tourer trim in the Legacy lineup that was only sold in Japan. Available as either a sedan or wagon, the car was also built in collaboration with Porsche Design, the German carmaker's in-house design studio.

Mechanically it was all Subaru, with most models powered by a twin-turbocharged, 2.0-liter flat-four good for around 280 horsepower, though a naturally aspirated flat-six was also offered at some point. The Blitzen marked the first use of a sequential automatic gearbox by Subaru, with the unit built by Aisin.

When it came to aesthetics, however, Porsche Design stepped in, appointing the Blitzen with an exclusive body kit, wheels, interior and color options.

Although not yet 25 years old (production began in 2000), is the Subaru Legacy B4 Blitzen going on your watch list for cars you would consider importing? Or did Porsche’s additions not do enough to make this model special?

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