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Outback models:
• 2.5 i
• 2.5 i L.L.Bean Edition
• 2.5 i Limited
• 2.5 i Limited L.L.Bean Edition
• 2.5 XT Limited
• 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition

Revised exterior styling, enhanced performance and interiors and wagon-only model line characterize Outback for 2008.

2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R LL Bean Edition2008 Subaru Outback 3.0 R LL Bean Edition

What’s New for 2008

• All Outback models are wagons for 2008 (sedans discontinued).

• Revised front and rear styling with all-new front sheetmetal, a larger grille opening, new front and rear bumper fascias, and new headlights and taillights.

• Performance of 6-cylinder model improved with increased low-and mid-range torque, revised 5-speed automatic transmission and addition of SI-DRIVE system.

• Naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer engine provides enhanced torque and improved fuel efficiency and is PZEV and EPA SmartWaycertified.

• Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) available on more models; standard on 6-cylinder model.

• Rear suspension revised for improved ride comfort.

• Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) standard on all models.

• Redesigned instrument panel and revised interior fabrics.

• Telescopic steering column and a new integrated ignition key/remote entry standard for all models.

• Electroluminescent gauges, formerly featured only on turbocharged 2.5 XT Limited, are now also included in the 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition.

• On premium models, a redesigned steering wheel offers additional control buttons for the audio system, cruise control, the multiinformation display and SI-DRIVE mode; 2.5 XT Limited with automatic transmission features new paddle shifters in place of shift buttons used previously.

• Remote keyless entry with integrated ignition key.

• New wheel cover design on base Outback and new alloy wheel designs on other models.

• Pre-wired for Satellite Radio (XM or SIRIUS).

Key Facts

• On 2.5 XT Limited and 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition, the SI-DRIVE system enables three distinctly different modes of vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control unit (as well as the transmission control unit in automatic transmission models), and by fine-tuning the electronically controlled throttle. “Intelligent” mode reduces engine torque and maximum power and switches to a more relaxed throttle response curve and can also help boost fuel efficiency in certain driving situations. “Sport” mode provides powerful, linear acceleration. “Sport Sharp” mode modifies the engine’s electronic throttle mapping to deliver lightning-quick throttle response and more power sooner.

• Heavy-duty raised 4-wheel independent suspension (multi-link in rear) and generous ground clearance enable off-pavement driving.

Outback models provide 8.4 inches of ground clearance (8.7 in. for 2.5 XT Limited).

• Four types of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive featured across Outback line: models with 5- speed manual transmission use a viscouscoupling locking center differential to distribute the power 50:50 front to rear.

Slippage at either set of wheels sends more power to the other set of wheels. Models with 4-speed automatic transmission utilize an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch to actively control power distribution in response to driving conditions.

The 2.5 XT Limited (with the 5-speed automatic transmission) and 3.0 R L.L.Bean models use Variable Torque Distribution (VTD), which normally sends more power to 2008 Outback At-A-Glance/2 the rear wheels to enhance handling agility and continuously adjusts power distribution in response to driving and road conditions.

• Standard 4-wheel-disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

• Standard front seat side impact air bags, side curtain air bags and intelligent dual-stage deployment front air bags. Active front head restraints can help reduce the potential for whiplash injury in a rear collision, and a safety brake pedal system can help reduce lower leg injury in a frontal collision.

Key Standard Features


• 16-in. styled steel wheels with 225/60R16 tires

• 100-watt AM/FM stereo with single-disc in-dash CD player, MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary input jack and six speakers

• Air conditioning

• Air filtration system

• Carpeted floor mats

• Combination digital clock and trip computer, including outside temperature display

• Cruise control

• Engine immobilizer security feature

• Front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags

• Height-adjustable driver’s seat

• Power door locks

• Power mirrors

• Power windows with driver’s auto-down and illuminated window switches

• Pre-wired for Satellite Radio (XM or SIRIUS)

• Rear window wiper/washer

• Remote keyless entry system with integrated ignition key

• Roof rails

• Tilt/telescoping steering wheel

• Tire pressure monitoring system 2.5 i adds:

• 17-in. alloy wheels with 225/55R17 tires

• 4-stage heated front seats

• 8-way power driver’s seat

• 12v cargo area power outlet

• Cargo cover and cargo tray

• Cross bars for roof rails

• Halogen fog lights

• Heated exterior mirrors

• Limited-slip rear differential

• Splash guards

• Windshield wiper de-icer Outback 2.5 i L.L.Bean Edition adds over 2.5 i:

• Available with automatic transmission only

• AM/FM stereo system with 6-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary audio input jack, and SRS® WOW sound enhancement system

• Dual-zone automatic climate control system

• L.L.Bean floor mats and badging

• Touch-screen navigation system

• Optional: Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) Outback 2.5 i Limited adds over 2.5 i:

• 6-disc in-dash CD changer and upgraded audio system with SRS® WOW

• 4-speed automatic transmission

• Body-color door handles and mirrors

• Dual-panel power moonroof

• Dual-zone automatic climate control system

• Leather-trimmed upholstery

• Leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter handle and parking brake handle 2008 Outback At-A-Glance/3

• Optional: Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) Outback 2.5 i Limited L.L.Bean Edition adds or substitutes over 2.5 i Limited:

• 4-way power front passenger seat

• L.L.Bean embroidered floor mats and badging

• Rear seat center arm rest

• Two-tone leather-trimmed upholstery with L.L.Bean logo embossed front seats

• Touch-screen navigation system

• Optional: Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) Outback 2.5 XT Limited and Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition add or substitute over 2.5 i Limited L.L.Bean Edition:

• Auto-dimming rear-view compass mirror (std. 3.0 R L.L.Bean)

• Foldable, body-color exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals

• Front bumper underguard (3.0 R only)

• Leather-wrapped steering wheel with SPORTSHIFT paddle shifters (2.5 XT Limited with automatic transmission)

• MOMO® wood/black leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls (3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition)

• Sport design electroluminescent instrumentation

• Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)

• Optional: touch-screen navigation system

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