Subaru Leone 4X4 | Unique Cars and Parts

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Subaru Leone

and 4X4

In September eleven months after the of the Leone sedan. Fuji Industries unveiled the 4WD Leone wagon (however it did not appear in the States until 1974 as a model). Up until this four-wheel drives were limited to the utalitarian Land and Jeep.

Subaru broke pattern by introducing a mass-produced drive passenger car – and claim this was the first SUV.

The Leone 4 x 4 Wagon was equipped with a 1.4 litre and a 1.6 litre, flat-4, carbureted, OHV engine. A print ad for the 1973 GL coupe referred to the engine as – we assume Fujui Industries paid large to marketing firm at the time to up with the word quadrozontal which basically meant

The flat-four engine of the Subaru drive to the front wheels until four-wheel-drive was required. The drive was simply engaged by a at any speed up to 80 km/h, engagement indicated by a warning light. The was a necessary reminder as the four-wheel was intended for use only on soft the Subaru did not have the luxury of a differential which would for the slight variation in speed front and rear wheels all four were driven.

With just its front driven, the Subaru 4 x 4 provided adequate performance, and while its drive option did not endow Rover capabilities, it was a useful which gave good performance. The Leone Wagons available with a 4-speed transmission, 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission in 1975.

Some early had duo-servo drum brakes at the however, later models equipped with disc In 1976 the EA63 engine was with the EA71 engine. The engine was originally installed in equipped with automatic but eventually supplanted the EA63 the entire range of vehicles in the USA and

In April 1977 an updated range was released. All body were altered slightly and the look was ‘smoother’ and more in appearance. A completely new dashboard altered interior were part of the update.

Despite changes the overall effect was to the earlier version and mechanically with the exception of the rear which was widened by 40mm.

The model line was assembled CKD kits in New Zealand by importer Holdings’ Waitara plant New Plymouth. Late in 1977 Heavy Industries introduced the Brumby / Brat as a 1978 Arguably the best remembered and after, the Brumby was a two-seater ute on the Leone platform.

The original Brumby was updated in with a dual-range 4WD transmission and 1.8 EA81 engine. This was alongside the second generation introduced in 1979 until

1977 Subaru Leone 4 x 4 Specifications

Engine: Front water-cooled horizontally-opposed four 92 mm (3.62 in) bore x 60 mm (2.36 in) 1595cc (97.3cu in). power (DIN) 68bhp at rpm; maximum torque 82.5 lb. ft. at 2400 rpm; alloy cylinder block and Compression ratio 8.5:1.3 bearings.

2 valves per cylinder operated via and pushrods by single side-mounted 1 x Hitachi-Zenith-Stromberg DCJ306 downdraught carburettor.

Transmission: Single clutch and four-speed manual with drive to front and wheels via transfer box. 1st 3.666, 2nd 2.157, 3rd 1.464, 4th rev 4.1 00.

Hypoid bevel final ratios, front 3.889, 3.900.

Suspension: Front independent by MacPherson struts; – independent with arms and torsion bars.

Rack and pinion. Turns lock to lock 3.8.

Brakes: Discs front and rear. Dual circuit.

4 ½ J x 13 in.

Tyres: 155SR x 13

Body/chassis: 5 doors, 4 seats.

Dimensions and weight: Wheelbase in; track-front 49.8 in; rear in; length 158.5 in; width 61 in; 56.7 in; ground clearance 7.9 in; dry 21501b; turning circle walls 40ft; fuel capacity 9.9 gal.

Performance: speed 87 mph; acceleration 16.7′ secs; fuel approximately 29 mpg.

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