Next-generation Subaru WRX will get 2.0-liter flat-four engine and 270 hp

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 9, 2011

The next generation Subaru WRX will be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine that could deliver as high as 270hp, according to a Subaru of America spokesperson. This engine is a turbocharged variant of the FA20 engine that’s used in the newly released 2013 Subaru BRZ. It has a displacement that’s half a liter smaller than the present WRX’s 2.5-liter 265-horsepower engine.

However, the new FA20 will offer slightly more power. It can be recalled that when the WRX debuted in the U.S. in 2001, it had a 2.0-liter turbo flat-four.

This means that the FA20 turbo could be seen as a return to the car’s origins. It’s likely that it was downsized due to pressure to offer an improved fuel economy.

The existing WRX offers 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway on the EPA cycle. Subaru recently said that the naturally aspirated FA20 could achieve 30 mpg highway.

Reports about this new engine are in line with statements that Subaru made during the launch of the 2012 Impreza sedan and 5-door, which is the vehicle that the WRX should have been based.

Back then, Subaru said that it was working for there to be a more distinctive separation between Impreza and WRX models. The Impreza currently features a 2.0-liter flat four from the FB family of engines located in the Forester SUV and other models.

Furthermore, this engine doesn’t have the same compact dimensions, 86 mm x 86 mm bore and stroke, or complex D4S port/direct injection technology that the FA20 engine has.

Finally, Subaru Impreza impresses us with a much wider body to boot. The high performance design is applied on its new 4-door and 5-door variants. Just like the WRX STI, the two new models for 2011 look more aggressive on the road. This is probably due to the lowered appearance given out by its wide new profile design. Whatever that means, we’re also going to get a lot of continuous outlines from the front end up the rear signifying Impreza’s newfound stability and performance.

The slight 33lb-increase on the curb weight will not likely get as much attention since the new Subaru Impreza WRX still boasts of the same powerful acceleration just as before. Basically, Subaru Impreza’s stunning front grille brings out the front end’s impressive new character. The grille comes with a unique blacked-out Subaru wing that further enhances the shape of the new headlamps.

This new Subaru also features a protruding spoiler with three-dimensional design showing off Impreza’s brand new form. In fact, you will practically get the same impression once you see the bumper’s intake openings and significantly larger grille from afar. Both 4-door and 5-door models sport the new bumper with sharp edges and blacked-out fog lights down below.

Meanwhile, the deep and wide luggage compartment is firmly supported by the double wishbone suspension at the rear. The only difference is that the 5-door model’s flat and wide floor area has enough room for a couple of tour-size golf bags as long as the back support is adjusted vertically.

Ironically, the 4-door model with centre armrest is longer by 6.5 inches than the 5-door model. Thus it can make room for another extra golf bag using the same 60:40 split folding seats at the back. If there’s anything else, the wider fenders and extensive taillights are designed to give the new 4-door model an improved coefficient of drag. But these are just the basics.

More importantly, all WRX models come with the new stylish, versatile and spacious cabin. For its two-tone sporty interior, Subaru applied red stitching over the exclusive “carbon black” checkered leather upholstery design. Whichever you choose, the gorgeous interior is probably enough to compensate for the difference in load volume.

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