Roadkill vs. Subaru Legacy: The Winner Is… [w/Video]
It's happened: the epic battle between Roadkill and Subaru has reached its completion. Motor Trend TV vs. Mega Hot Japanese manufacturer. Who would win? Subaru faced off against a 1968 Ford Ranchero, 1968 Dodge Charger, and a 1971 Datsun 240Z. It brought two Legacys to the fight: the base model 2.5-liter and the more powerful 3.6-liter Legacy R. In the first segment, the Legacy goes up against a 1968 Ford Ranchero in a rodeo barrel race. It's two figure eights among various obstacles. First host Mike Finnegan goes through in the Legacy and records a 56.57 time. Then host David Freiburger does it at 55.50. RELATED: Check Out What a Pristine 1969 Ford Ranchero Looks Like
Then hilarity ensues as Finnegan throws the Ranchero through the course and wipes out obstacles. No time recorded.
That opens up the course for Freiburger to charter an obstacle-free run and – miraculously – post a time of 55.25. They crow in victory. The studded snow tires used they openly called cheating.
The next challenge takes place at Dirt Fish Rally School, which normally teaches rally driving in WRXs, but this time pits the Legacy against a 1968 Dodge Charger. But not just any Legacy. Subaru steps up its game and delivers a 3.6-liter Legacy R with 256 horsepower. (Good for them.)
BTW, kudos to the hosts for this great description of the rally course: "It had all the makings of a 'Dukes of Hazzard' road chase."
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The hosts set up the Charger as the underdog by calling it "the worst handling car of all time." As you remember from your high school English class, they were establishing dramatic tension. Then, oops, the shifter cable melts and they're stuck in 2nd gear with a Charger showing its 46 years and leaking gas.
The Legacy handily wins this challenge by 19 seconds but give Roadkill quality points just for driving the Charger – let alone trying to beat the Legacy. Besides, the Charger looks like a lot more fun.
For the final challenge, the Subaru gets head-to-head in a road race through an abandoned Air Force base village. The Roadkill car this time is a 1971 Datsun 240Z nicknamed "The Rotsun" that makes 320 horsepower and 400 lb. ft. of torque.
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Well, let's just say it's an epic race. I don't want to wreck the ending. So, SPOILER ALERT. Don't scroll down below the video if you don't want to know who won.
It was the Legacy in the end. "A clear and epic victory," is what Freiburger proclaims.
But you know what? I feel like I won. It's my first time watching Roadkill (and I had to spend a lot of time rewinding video for this story). It's a great show with strong production values. It's 45 minutes of video you won't regret watching.
Unless you hate seeing classic muscle cars lose. That could upset you.
By the way, there's a bonus challenge at the end on an airport runway. It's a 2000-foot drag race. Not hard to predict how a flat six does against two V8s but it doesn't count in the official standings.
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