New Subaru Turbo Engines Coming in 2012
The carmaker has introduced its new FB engines in US this year, with the 2011 Forester being the first car to receive this and the company wants to give us force induction 1.6-liter and 2-liter mills next year.
The units will come with a new architecture, which means that the turbo will be mounted beneath the engine, unlike in the current EJ series mills that have a high-mounted turbo, while the intercooler will stay on top of the cylinder block.
As for the aforementioned STI powerplant, this will offer 300 hp, just like the current engine, but will ask for 10 percent less fuel in return.
Of course, the big question is whether the turbo version will be offered on the upcoming BRZ sportscar, alongside the 200 hp naturally aspirated 2.0-liter unit that is expected to be offered for the vehicle.
The aftermarket potential is a key asset of Subaru vehicles, with the tuner-friendly attitude of the carmaker’s products bringing beneftis in terms of both direct sales and image. However, just like the rest of the automotive industry, Subaru is moving on to become a greener company and we are curious to see how these two sides will be balanced.