Car News:  Oversteer

There Was Once a High-Performance Subaru Outback

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i
Used 2006 Subaru Outback
$5,987
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i
Used 2006 Subaru Outback
$5,499
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i
Used 2006 Subaru Outback
$9,896
RELATED READING
See all Subaru Outback articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Karma cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs MAZDA cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Doug DeMuro July 2019

Here's something you might not have known: There was once a performance version of the Subaru Outback. Yes, the same beloved Subaru Outback that's now known as simple, reliable family transportation -- there was once a fast version of that.

It was called the Subaru Outback XT, and it came at a time when Subaru was offering high-performance versions of basically everything, presumably to make up for all those years when they stiffed us on fun variants of Subaru models. There was the WRX, there was a high-performance Forester XT, and there was the Outback XT, which really was a fast Outback.

The base-level Outback model at the time used a 2.5-liter flat four that made about 170 horsepower. That engine was fine -- nothing more -- but you could also opt for the Outback XT and get a turbo. That engine made 243 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, which is not huge figures by today's standards, but it is a healthy boost over the base-level 170 hp.

The really impressive thing about these Outback models is that Subaru also offered them with three pedals, which meant you could get a manual, high-performance Outback with a turbocharger. And the cool part is that it was actually fast, with period magazines showing a 0-to-60 mph time of around 6.2 seconds with these Outback models back in the day. That's pretty quick for family transport, and it was lightning fast back then.

Unfortunately, these Outback models were rare even then, and they're becoming especially hard to find today. Right now, there are only about 60 of these for sale on Autotrader across the US, and only about a dozen have the desired manual transmission. Still, it's fun to think back to a time when you could get a truly fast Outback. Find a Subaru Outback for sale

MORE FROM OVERSTEER:
Video | The Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Is an Old-School Family Wagon
Video | Here's Why the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Is the Best Midsize Truck
Autotrader Find: 1994 Jaguar XJS V12 With 18,000 Miles

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i
Used 2006 Subaru Outback
$5,987
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i
Used 2006 Subaru Outback
$5,499
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i
Used 2006 Subaru Outback
$9,896
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
There Was Once a High-Performance Subaru Outback - Autotrader