Next Subaru WRX may receive a new electrically-powered turbocharger

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 4, 2012

It appears that the new Subaru WRX will be a pioneer for ground-breaking turbo technology as it is possible to receive a new electrically-powered turbocharger. According to MotorTrend, Subaru patented an electrically-operated turbo back in 2007. According to an unnamed source, Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries is currently working to store heat energy from exhaust gases and generate electricity to power up the turbocharger.

If so, this method will definitely change the way things work and as this technology will create more power with less turbo lag. Of course, Subaru denies these rumors. Other speculations regarding the much-anticipated WRX and WRX STI models say that the vehicle will use a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and that the WRX will be offered as a two-door coupe.

As you may know already, Subaru decided to separate the WRX models from the Impreza range in order to be completely distinctive from the four door-sedan and five-door hatch. Still, one common factor may be a continuously variable transmission, launched across the Impreza range.

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