How well does a midsize sedan compare to a trio of slapped-together muscle cars? On this episode of Roadkill, Subaru challenges Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger to three competitions to see how the 2015 Subaru Legacy stacks up against the Roadkill project cars. Subaru must feel pretty confident about the first competition, as it sends a base 2015 Legacy with a naturally aspirated 175-hp 2.5-liter flat-four engine mated to a CVT and symmetrical all-wheel-drive system against whichever car the hosts choose.
For the first challenge, a figure-eight obstacle course, Finnegan and Freiburger chose the 1968 Ford Ranchero “Raunchero.” The Raunchero is powered by 302-cubic-inch Ford V-8 and features a front coil-over suspension. After Finnegan and Freiburger practice in each car, they go for the timed event where they tried to avoid several obstacles.
Next up, the duo head up to Dirt Fish Racing in Washington state to race through the wooded rally course. The Roadkill team chooses the 1968 Dodge Charger “General Mayhem” to go up against another 2015 Subaru Legacy with a 256-hp 3.6-liter flat-six engine. General Mayhem features a 440 cubic-inch V-8 engine from a Class A motorhome with some Edelbrock upgrades, while the suspension features Hotchkis suspension pieces. A broken transmission cable that doesn’t allow the Charger to shift out of second gear doesn’t help its chances, however.
Finally, the Roadkill crew puts the 1971 Datsun 240Z “Rotsun” up against the six-cylinder-powered 2015 Subaru Legacy in a wheel-to-wheel chase through a post-apocalyptic neighborhood. The Rotsun is powered by a Chevrolet 4.3-liter V-6 force fed via a turbocharger from a Ford Powerstroke turbodiesel V-8 making 320 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. After a reconnaissance run, Finnegan takes the Subaru and Freiburger takes the Rotsun.
Check out the video below to see how well the Roadkill project cars stack up against the brand new 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan.