When we first learned that the all new 2010 Subaru Outback would no longer be offered with a turbo charged engine, a lot of local Subaru fans began to mourn the death of the brand in the Rocky Mountain region.
In Denver, the mile high city, normally aspirated cars huff and puff when they get above 10,000 feet of elevation. At that point about 30 percent of the car's horsepower vanish in the thin air. Forced air induction engines with small turbos can make up some of the lost power.
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Electric cars, on the other hand, don't suffer from this high altitude power deficit since they don't use internal combustion engines which need plenty of oxygen.
Anyway, we have to admit that we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of power and torque of the new 256-HP Subaru Outback with the 3.6 liter engine.
Even at about a mile above sea level the new Outback still surprising fast and powerful. And not surprising with full time all wheel drive, Denver and the Rocky Mountain region accounts for a substantial percentage of Subaru Outback sales.
Stay tuned for our full review, but early signs are promising. The new Outback may still retain the King of the Rockies crown.
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