While a 276-hp station wagon from Subaru Legacy might not surprise those who know that Legacy had already hit the 276hp mark with the GT-B, anyone told of “a station wagon comparable to the GT-R” would probably suspect the onset of hearing problems.
But such a car does indeed exist. It is the Nissan Stagea 260RS Autech Version. This car is the creation of Autech Japan, a Nissan associate with numerous Nissan-based specialty cars under its belt.
Released in October 1997, the Stagea 260RS is based on Nissan’s Stagea. It was built on the Nissan Skyline platform and was first released in September 1996. The drivetrain is the most notable feature of this car.
The 2.6-liter DOHC inline 6-cylinder twin-turbocharged RB26DETT engine is from the Nissan Skyline GT-R. It is also combined with the ATTESA all-wheel drive system like the GT-R. In short, this is a Nissan Skyline GT-R wolf in Stagea clothing.
This high-powered engine is matched with specialized suspension, a rear stabilizer, a Brembo braking system, strut tower bars, a rear mechanical limited-slip differential, and other upgrades for an amazingly un-station-wagon-like suspension tuning.
Produced as it is by a car body manufacturer, this car’s body is flawlessly rigid – by using the same techniques as with the GT-R, of course. The only possible disadvantages are those shared by all station wagons: overall body weight and the weight of the rear cargo area.
But the Nissan Stagea 260RS delivers the driving performance and sharp ride of a sports car – so sharp that if you sat next to the driver and closed your eyes, for a moment you might think you were riding in a GT-R.