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The next-generation Subaru WRX and WRX STI are still shrouded in a cloak of secrecy. Or is it indecision? Either way, Car and Driver is reporting that when Subaru eventually pulls the wraps off whatever is going to wear the WRX badge, there's going to be a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter FA-series engine underhood, a derivative of the naturally aspirated engine that's found in the Subaru BRZ.

How does the venerable buff book know this? Because the turbo'ed flat-four has already appeared in the Japanese domestic market Legacy, making 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission. C/D says that engine differs from the one in the BRZ in that it uses Subaru's own direct injection system rather than one coming from Toyota.

In the standard WRX, horsepower numbers are expected to be a bit lower than in the JDM Legacy, though the STI version will probably see power boosted. C/D says the new 2.0-liter engine is supplanting the 2.5-liter Subaru has been using due to fuel economy considerations, though there's also something to the notion of consolidating powertrains to reap greater efficiencies in manufacturing.


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      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm all for this new engine. The 2.5L was always kind of a weird engine. It packed a lot more punch, but it didn't alleviate any of the turbo lag associated with the smaller engine. The 2.5 hit hard at around 3,000 RPMs -- which, honestly was most of the fun of the engine -- but ran out of breath past 5k. With this new engine making peak torque at 2k, I'm optimistic that it will result in a much more enjoyable driving experience. I do hope that this engine is much more clean than the outgoing 2.5, since it means many of the reliability issues that plagued the later turbo engines won't affect this one (which were entirely emissions related).
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who feels that Subaru has strayed too far from its rally racing heritage and gone too "green". They only seem interested in the people who buy hybrid cars...
        MattMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zackwatt
        if that was the case, wouldn't they build a hybrid?
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MattMan
          No, they kept softening the vehicle as if the same buyer who drives a Hybrid during the week just randomly decided to be a sports car driver on the weekend. They still built the car for that person and the younger more serious crowd that adore this car hated it.
      Thenewblack
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy moly that's a lot of juice. I'd like to see the 2700lb BRZ with almost 296hp.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Kuro Houou
        • 2 Years Ago
        The 2.0l has always made 300 hp in japan, nothing new here.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        You don't have enough information to know if it's impressive or not. Here's an example. I spend billions on R&D, build a car with a sweet combustion chamber and multi-stage intake system. It's sweet. It's lean. It barely needs any ignition timing or boost to make power. Even though it's low compression, I can still make good power with little boost. I run 10psi and make 300hp with minimal timing. Someone else takes a 20 year old motor, with no variable anything, poor head design but it does flow well in the higher rpm. I run 24psi and make 340hp with aggressive timing even at the same low compression as the more efficiently engineered car. Without any information about what kind of boost,timing,torque, etc you can't really say "wow I'm impressed they got X horsepower from Y liters". Afterall the 4G63T in the Evo is just a little 2.0 from well over 20 years ago. Some guys run 40psi or more with built motors and make over 1000 horsepower. The record for this motor is over 2000 horsepower. That's 1000 horsepower at the wheels per liter but the motor is not comparable to something efficient. So please stop being impressed by things that mean literally nothing.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          You are talking about your Evo again. I am not surprised...
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the best WRX STi was back in 06-07 year range. It was quick, sounded freaking amazing with that turbo charger, and actually looked like a car. The new ones are started to look.... well.... cheap and with no taste in the design. Even the new Si looks better!
        MHM 35
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Agree with you man. That's what year I have... I think after the 06-07 generation they just got progressively uglier and weaker.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      The best WRX was the bug eyed one from a few years back. What made a subaru desirable was it was a bit quirky. Now they are bland as f$&k. A sedan is the way to go BTW. Subaru bring back the individuality, the character, the aggression!
        MHM 35
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I hated the bug eye look. It looked like drunk Subie engineers got into a MINI factory and grabbed the exterior sketches for the MINI cooper and submitted it to Subaru for changes into a Sports Sedan. Bug eyes look really stupid. I'd get that generation as a last resort.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      296 hp is too much hp for the base WRX. I hope that the power remains the same, while the weight is decreased.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Simply bringing back the GD, the 2001-2007 model, would be a huge improvement over the bloated one in the picture above. I especially like the clean look of the "bug-eyed" ones. With the current generation, it seems like they softened it, making it look too much like everything else. I hope they get back to the basics with the next WRX, and stop trying to water it down for the masses.
      JD Drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yea this news has been buzzing around the internet for over a week...I like your write ups but as of late other sites seem to be getting the scoop first.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Give us more collaboration! Maybe we can get that Supra soon?
      HydraulicDragon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heres for hoping for a 270-300 hp WRX and a 320-350hp STi.
      Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hooray, maybe we'll finally get something similar the JDM STI engine that revs higher. :)
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Amen. I chose Evo because the 2.5 sucks. If they brought the JDM 2.0 over in the first place I may never have loved the more rare Evo.
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