• Feb 11, 2008
Hot on the heels of news that Subaru will be showing off a 147-hp diesel boxer in the Legacy and Outback next month in Geneva, the Japanese automaker is rumored to be considering an oil-burner for its tuner favorite WRX. It appears Subaru may have a winner with its 2.0L turbo-diesel powerplant, too. During a test drive of the diesel Legacy, the UK's Autocar gushed that the sedan may sport the best diesel they've ever driven. Since Subaru is looking to improve its fleet-wide fuel economy, it makes sense that the engine would quickly make its rounds through the Subie lineup. The Forester seems like a logical target, and with 258 lb-ft and a compact footprint, the fuel-efficient powerplant would definitely work in the WRX.

Australia's Drive asked Subaru about a possible diesel WRX, and the company responded with the expected "we're looking into it". Of course they are. As fun and interesting as a diesel WRX sounds, the combo is likely the stuff of pixie dust and fairies of the dental kind for those of us living in the States. We almost never get the really interesting stuff here. That all could change, however, when the EU adopts emissions standards as strict as those in the US, making the transfer of diesel technology between the two as easy as pie.

[Source: Drive]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think they should call it a WRX though. Either just call it an Impreza diesel or make up a new name like DRX. I'd love to have this car, I just don't think diesel and WRX should go together.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hello all,

      Interesting comments and nice proposal for a diesel powered WRX. Really if World Rally Championship lets them use diesel engines, I think they run away with it.

      I also just wanted to share with you guys a site that does a pretty good job at summing up the situation here in the states. First site is a government site, http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ Another link I wanted to share is an article about all the high mpg cars that AREN'T offered in the states. http://www.40mpg.org/getinf/021407release.cfm

      I want my high MPG diesel powered car da## it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "That all could change, however, when the EU adopts emissions standards as strict as those in the US, making the transfer of diesel technology between the two as easy as pie."

      As strict as the US? Or as strict as California? The US diesel standard is actually pretty lax compared to the CARB standard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you dig Corollas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bloody broken reply system, that was directed to Mr. Oak.

        The 'odd' factor is part of why Subbies are so awesome. Without it, they simply don't stand out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have yet to hear or read anyone champion the new WRX over the old one. EVERYONE says the old one is better in all respects except the quality of the interior (new interior is marginally better).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please make this Subaru! It's taken long enough for auto manufacturers to realize that there is more to a "sports" car than just shear speed (or quickness). For most people in the states, it's more about handling and response than all out power.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A diesel WRX with say, 200 or 250hp (not too unreasonable, I don't *think* and 400ft/lbs+ of torque would look really good parked next to my STi...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shrug, hatch is nice. The sedan just looks small. Having sat in both, I wouldn't opt for the sedan under any circumstances.

      And yes, a diesel would be a great addition.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Louis, see my post below confirming your thoughts.

      LS2/LS7: Diesels pollute more NOx but less carbon based emissions. It's a trade-off.

      Example:
      UK Civic 2.2L Diesel:
      NOx: .141 g/km
      CO2: 135 g/km
      CO: .144 g/km
      HC: None

      UK Civic 1.8L Gasoline:
      NOx: .006 g/km
      CO2: 152 g/km
      CO: .200 g/km
      HC: .027 g/km

      See, more carbons, less NOx out of a gasoline. I don't know enough to say which is worse, however.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would love to rock the diesel WRX up here in the northeast. Bio-diesel, awd, thousands of upgrade parts = winner to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I reviewed the comments about the subaru diesel. In Europe diesel engines are available in almost every car model because they have great advantages such as; very good mileage, reliabibility,long life,performance as good as gas & not noisey as previously. These are some of the reasons that diesel sales are~55% & in some countries 70% eventhough their cost is more.I have seen internal dwgs. of Subaru's engihe & it looks very good!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is exactly what I have been looking for. A fun car that gets good gas mileage, and has some storage. Subaru, if you build this we will buy it.
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