Geneva 2011: Subaru Boxer Sports Car Architecture [Live Photos]
“At the heart of this Technology Exhibit is Subaru Boxer engine. It is its lightweight, compact and low centre of gravity that lends itself to the level of driving excitement that Subaru is aiming for, and is without a doubt the most suitable engine for the RWD Sports Car,” Subaru explains.
The Subaru Boxer engine can be constructed of aluminium thanks to its compact and rigid engine design, making for a much lighter power unit. Its low centre of gravity provides a high level of driving stability and enhanced handling.
“Since the piston’s opposing movements inherently counteract each other, no balance shaft is needed. This cancels out excess vibrations and gives the engine a sprightly, sporty feel at virtually any engine speed,” the company says.
The unit is even further lowered and set back further towards the centre of the chassis. This feature also offers a low-profile sports car silhouette with its lowered engine hood design, thus resulting in a lowered driving position. These elements combined provide for better drivability, stability and handling.
Major specifications of “BOXER Sports Car Architecture” are listed below:
- Body size (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 4,200 x 1,770 x 1,270 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,570 mm
- Engine: 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four cylinder Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine
- Tire size: 215/45R17
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