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Maybe this isn't a Outback specific question, but why does Subaru change the torque distribution between front/rear on the 5spd versus the 5spd Auto (VTD). It's 50/50 on the manual and 55/45 on the auto. Does this have something to do with traction when say dropping the clutch on a manual? Perhaps the move even split gives the car better grip this way. Something that is not that common (or wise) to do with an auto tranny..

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It's 50/50 on the manual until slippage occurs, then the viscous coupling will allow up to a 55/45 split front to rear or back. As far as I know. Brian
 

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JayH the torque split for the 5AT you stated is back to front, it should be 45:55 F:R, this is to give a sportier feel and comes from the use of Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) like on the WR-X, VTD can put vary the split anywhere up to 90% front or rear. The 5MT is simpler (at least on 4cylinder) using just viscous clutches AFAIK.
 
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