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2004 Chicago Auto Show: Anyone else going?

Hey guys, FYI I put a message up on the calender for the 2004 Chicago Auto Show. I plan on going and was wondering if anyone else was planning on going? I plan to do some representing of this site to the Subaru folks there, hopefully they may take notice and maybee even help this site grow. It would be GREAT to have some people who work for Subaru on this board. Anyway I plan to write up a full report on the 2005 Outback, maybee they'll even let me sit in it and play with all the goodies. Well that might be a longshot, but you never know :D

If you are going, interested in going, or just want to give me some ideas on what I should report on, etc feel free to put it in this thread and I'll do everything I can to make the most out of my time at the show.

Cheers, Kevin :7:
 

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I would love to go but I don't think there is any way that I could. As far as what to do while you're there - LOTS OF PICTURES!! (Sorry to state the obvious) Have a good time and I'll be anxiously awaiting your write-up.

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Turbo Outback

Outback Turbos to Chicago

Subaru of America confirmed today it will debut its 2005 Outback at the Chicago Auto Show next week and include a 250-hp turbo version to boot. The Legacy-based vehicle will join Subie's stable of trucks when it goes on sale later this year. Subaru went for the truck classification on the next Outback because of its load of SUV features. Environmentalists disagree, saying that Subaru likes the Outback wearing the truck label because it allows the Japanese automaker to evade tougher EPA car fuel-economy standards. -John D. Stoll


:D :D :D :D :D :D
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Great! It's finally been confirmed that the 2.5L Turbo will be available in Outback and it will be released at Chicago. I'll be **** sure to report on that :D

I would have thought that they'd keep the 2.5L Turbo just for the Legacy seeing as how there are no indications that they will have the new H6-3.0 in the Legacy. This is kinda odd considering that the H6 and 2.5T have the same power ratings, I wouldn't think that the 2.5T would fit the OB as good as it would the Legacy. Only time will tell.
 

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I wonder if the turbo outback will get a legacy gt hood? I really like the hood bulges we've seen on all the outback pictures floating around.

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Ya know what guys, I'm really stupid for not seeing this beforehand. Although I have a dear love for the H6-3.0, my biggest rant is that it doesn't come with a manual transmission. ***DUH KEVIN! :rolleyes:*** Altough the H6 doesn't come with a stick, the 2.5T will! And with that it will have a nice hood scoop, since the H6 and 2.5T are rated the same, I guess I won't be able to cry any more :D Still I'm going to wait for a while to get one, unless I or someone else hits the lottery and buys me one :D

Borrowed from my OT EVO 8 thread:

Now just think, with the offical news that there will be a Turbo Outback in 2005 that will have 9 inches of ground clearance, etc I think this will help many marginal SUV buyers come over to Subaru. Like someone (***HINT HINT***) who is looking towards buying a Jeep Grand Cheerokee but wants a manual transmission and some decent performance. I'll get off my soapbox now and let someone else have the mic :D
 

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cao cao;

OK, I've been spying on the Chicago Auto Show webcam. Looks like we got four '05 Outbacks, two 2.5 (one white and one gold), a 2.5 t (white), and a 3.0 (blue). :cool:

injektilo;

Where in Maine? I'm near Bangor.:)
 

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cao cao;

OK, I've been spying on the Chicago Auto Show webcam. Looks like we got four '05 Outbacks, two 2.5 (one white and one gold), a 2.5 t (white), and a 3.0 (blue). :cool:

injektilo;

Where in Maine? I'm near Bangor.:)
How can you tell there's a Outback Turbo? Does it have the Turbo Hood? Where is this webcam located at on the web? I want to see also!!! :D
 

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Mudge, near Bangor huh? I lived in Bucks Harbor before moving to Nebraska. My dad was stationed at Bucks Harbor (Air Force) I liked it there a lot. See 'ya around. Brian
 

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mudge said:
cao cao;

OK, I've been spying on the Chicago Auto Show webcam. Looks like we got four '05 Outbacks, two 2.5 (one white and one gold), a 2.5 t (white), and a 3.0 (blue). :cool:

injektilo;

Where in Maine? I'm near Bangor.:)
Portland. I can't wait. My girlfriend is going to grad school at the University of New England's Westbrook campus. We'll be looking for apartments in March (maybe the Yarmouth area), and moving in July.

I'm gonna go check out that white turbo now!

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OMFG!!! It's True!!! It's Alive!!! I have just defecated in my pants! :13:

Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I just checked and NASIOC has this on their site, but not before we did! :D I dub this an OFFICIAL Outback.org Exculsive! :D If you want to check out some other preliminary pics of the show go ahead, the site is a little slow to load up but its worth the wait.

 

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Here are a few more pics, it does look like the OB sits up a little higher and has slightly tinted window (although that could just be the lighting).




I'll post some more as soon as I see them come up! If anyone else want to go and find some yourself please, do so I highly encourage you to!!! :D
 

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I will own an Outback Turbo:awais:

I'll take a pearl white 5 speed with a biege interior please. Oh yeah, I want that huge moonroof!:D
 

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I will own an Outback Turbo:awais:

I'll take a pearl white 5 speed with a biege interior please. Oh yeah, I want that huge moonroof!:D
Hey quit trying to steal my ideas!!! :D

I'll take a White OB XT 5-speed with BLACK interior... and yer **** right I WANT that huge sunroof!!!

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Easy boys, there should be enough to go around (I **** well hope there are).

Cao cao, I do think, however, that we might have to spar for that white one with the 5-speed, black leather and a moonroof--unless there's a red one, but I'm not getting the sense that is in the offing.

Fun stuff, this spying, eh?
 

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Easy boys, there should be enough to go around (I **** well hope there are).

Cao cao, I do think, however, that we might have to spar for that white one with the 5-speed, black leather and a moonroof--unless there's a red one, but I'm not getting the sense that is in the offing.

Fun stuff, this spying, eh?
Well you can have the leather, I don't want it! :D My indications are that Subaru will offer a basic 2.5L OB, premium 2.5L OB, basic OB XT (turbo 2.5L), premium OB XT, and an OB-R (H6-3.0, leather, VDC, etc). That is what has been release for the 2.5L Legacys (NA and Turbo) and I'm sure Subaru will follow suit with the 2.5L Outbacks, also with the edition of the H6-3.0 Outback-R being the top-of-the-line flagship.

Personally I just want the Basic Outback XT, 5-speed, White/Black. My '03 Outback it just the basic H6-3.0 Wagon, I don't need (or need to pay for ;) ) all the extra overpriced junk they want to throw on.

BTW, I haven't seen any of the supposed 2005 Outback Sedans yet. There have been a lot of speculation around that model since the whole CAFE ordeal. "Only time will tell." -Mengde
 

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Cao Cao:
Hey quit trying to steal my ideas!!! :D

I'll take a White OB XT 5-speed with BLACK interior... and yer **** right I WANT that huge sunroof!!!

Mudge:
Easy boys, there should be enough to go around (I **** well hope there are).

Cao cao, I do think, however, that we might have to spar for that white one with the 5-speed, black leather and a moonroof--unless there's a red one, but I'm not getting the sense that is in the offing.

Fun stuff, this spying, eh?
:2:
Great minds think alike:D You can't really go wrong with a black interior. I've just always prefered lighter colors as they feel a bit more spacious.

Hey Mudge... Do you recognize the mountain in my avatar?:2:
 

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Subaru Introduces Third-Generation Outback(R) Models; Ultimate Crossover Vehicle Features Advancements in Safety, Handling, Fuel Economy, and Performance

CHICAGO, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America Inc., the only company
that features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on every
vehicle in its product line, has introduced the fully redesigned, re-
engineered third-generation Outback model line. New 250-horsepower 6-cylinder
Outback 3.0 R models and the 250-horsepower intercooled / turbocharged Outback
2.5 XT models bring a dramatic performance infusion to the Outback line.
"By offering new high-performance, premium-content Outback models, Subaru
is positioned to compete with the growing number and diversity of crossover
vehicles," said Fred Adcock, Executive Vice President, Subaru of America, Inc.
"And, quite simply, the Outback 2.5 XT is designed to be the ultimate
performance crossover wagon."
Arriving at Subaru dealerships in spring 2004, the thoroughly revised 2005
Outback models are designed and equipped to compete with the growing range of
crossover vehicles in the market, including luxury-brand models. The 2005
Outback model line includes the Outback 2.5i and Outback 2.5i Limited models,
powered by a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that provides
enhanced response for 2005. The 6-cylinder models include the Outback 3.0 R
L.L.Bean Edition and flagship Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited. The Outback 2.5 XT
and 2.5 XT Limited models are exclusively powered by a 250-horsepower
intercooled / turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine.
With the development of this next generation Outback, Subaru strengthened
and enhanced its "Best of Both" concept that spawned the original Outback. The
melding of passenger car and SUV attributes has been further advanced to meet
the demands of consumers shopping the crossover segment. Safety, handling,
fuel economy and performance are improved by means of a longer wheelbase,
wider track, lower center of gravity, and vehicle weight reduction by as much
as 180 pounds. The vehicle ground clearance and command seating position have
also been improved for 2005 Outback models.
Wheelbase of the slightly larger 2005 Outback has been increased from
104.3 inches to 105.1 inches and overall length has been increased by just
under two inches. The pronounced wedge body shape conveys a strong and stable
presence, accentuated by aerodynamic side ground effects, more pronounced
wheel arches and redesigned protective side cladding.
The 2005 Outback is built on a new version of the company's proven Ring-
Shaped Reinforcement Frame safety structure. All 2005 Outback models will
include as standard equipment front seat side impact air bags and side curtain
air bags that offer additional head protection for front and rear occupants.
New intelligent dual-stage deployment front air bags use sensors to detect the
presence and weight of a front passenger and also the driver's distance from
the steering wheel. The system determines front air bag deployment strength
for optimal occupant protection. Active front head restraints can help reduce
potential whiplash injury in a rear collision.
To mark the introduction of the 2005 Subaru Outback, Subaru will reveal
product details to consumers on a new website, http://www.need-desire.com that
showcases the brand's premium performance evolution.

High Performance In Two Versions
The 6-cylinder Outback 3.0 R models provide a linear power feeling that is
characteristic of a higher-displacement engine. The intercooled / turbocharged
2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder boxer engine that powers the Outback 2.5 XT models
offers a more sporty and exciting type of engine performance. In addition, the
turbocharged engine also offers outstanding performance at high altitudes,
where changes in atmospheric pressure adversely affect the power output of
naturally aspirated engines. Even with the increased engine power and
performance, Subaru anticipates improved fuel economy across the line, subject
to final certification.
A new 5-speed electronic direct control automatic transmission is standard
on the Outback 3.0 R models. The Outback 2.5 XT offers a choice between a
reinforced 5-speed manual transmission and the new 5-speed automatic. With the
automatic, the SPORTSHIFT feature allows manual shifting control from the
console-mounted shifter and, exclusive to Outback 2.5 XT models, steering
wheel shift buttons, as well.

Chassis Designed for Performance, Ruggedness and Comfort
The 2005 Outback models retain the rugged, go-anywhere capability that
Subaru customers want while delivering the crisp handling response and smooth,
quiet ride comfort expected in a premium model.
A new, stiffer body structure makes greater use of aluminum and high-
strength steel. The 4-wheel independent suspension features revised geometry
to enhance handling and stability. The wider vehicle track, a lower center of
gravity and the use of 17-inch wheels and tires on most models further enhance
stability on the new Outback.
The rack-and-pinion steering system has been redesigned for quicker
response, greater precision and improved feel. A 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake
System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard
equipment on all 2005 Outback models.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive A Key To Brand Identity
Subaru offers three different Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive systems in the
2005 Outback models, each tailored to the type of transmission. With the 5-
speed manual transmission, the system distributes the power 50/50 front to
rear. Slippage at either set of wheels will send more power to the other set
of wheels.
Outback 3.0 R models -- and Outback 2.5 XT models when equipped with the
5-speed automatic transmission -- use a system called Variable Torque
Distribution (VTD). VTD normally sends more power to the rear wheels to
enhance handling agility, and it continuously adjusts the power distribution
in response to driving and road conditions. Exclusive to the flagship Outback
3.0 R VDC Limited model is Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), an advanced
stability system that controls VTD operation and integrates an electronic
four-wheel traction control system.
Outback 2.5i and Outback 2.5i Limited models will offer an optional 4-
speed automatic transmission, with an AWD system that actively controls power
distribution in response to driving conditions.

All-New Interior Reflects Premium Positioning
Flush surface treatments, a soft foam upper dashboard, soft foam door trim
and aluminum side sill covers give the new Outback interior a premium
appearance and ambience. The two-tone interior features cloth upholstery for
the Outback 2.5i and Outback 2.5 XT models, and leather-trimmed upholstery for
Outback 2.5i Limited, 2.5 XT Limited and 3.0 R models.
Standard equipment is more extensive than in any previous Outback and
includes an 8-way power driver's seat for all Outback 2.5i models, Outback 2.5
XT Limited and Outback 3.0 R models. Outback 2.5 XT Limited and Outback 3.0 R
models also include a standard 4-way power passenger seat, and the front seats
on all Outback models for 2005 feature standard four-stage heating. A dual-
panel glass power moonroof is standard for Outback 2.5i Limited, 2.5 XT
Limited and Outback 3.0 R models.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets
and distributes All-Wheel Drive Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through
a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru is the only
car company that provides Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on
every vehicle in its product line. Subaru has been the best-selling import
wagon in America for the past 20 years, based on R.L. Polk & Company new
vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2002.

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