Subaru developing own boxer turbo for BRZ

Subaru developing own boxer turbo for BRZ image

Text: / Photos: Subaru PR | posted October 23, 2012 15:20

Possible platform for next-generation WRX and STI

You didn't think that Subaru was about to let Toyota ahead in their own game, did you?

Well, you're right. As we suspected, Subaru is now developing a new proprietary turbo engine for the BRZ, according to sources.

Currently, the BRZ shares the same naturally aspirated 2.0L boxer engine as the Toyota 86/GT86 and Scion FR-S (U.S. market) with the direct and port-injected system that delivers 200 horsepower.

The reported turbo engine will be a 2.0 liter flat four cylinder, and could deliver up to 280 horsepower and 250 foot pounds of torque, meaning the turbo motor will get a 40% bump in power. The 2.0T engine will be fitted with a twinscroll turbo and a direct injection system as opposed to the dual direct/port system in the current engine.

There is no indication yet if the upcoming Subaru BRZ Turbo could possibly have symmetrical all-wheel drive. Most likely it will be RWD.

The same engine -albeit in different levels of tuning- will also be the one used for the upcoming WRX and STI. Both the WRX and STI will have a different chassis from the Impreza.

Which brings us to conclude that the BRZ might be the platform used for the next WRX and STI as a reliable source of revealed earlier this year that the next-generation WRX and STI will be a two-door model.

SOURCE: Automotive News