Next Subaru WRX may receive a new electrically-powered turbocharger

Article by Christian A., 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.

2011 will be remembered as the year when the new Subaru Impreza WRX model was introduced by Subaru America to the market. The WRX has been the focus of continuous improvement since its introduction. Recently, the 2009 model received the 265-hp engine and a significant chassis tuning upgrade.

Now built to have a wide-body design, similar to the iconic WRX STI flagship model, the Impreza conveys an aggressive road presence.

Increases of about 1.5 inches in the front and rear track, reinforced with firmer rear subframe bushings, and wider 17-inch wheels and tires enhance its road grip greatly. For 2010, the new Limited trim lines expanded the WRX model's appeal to a broader range of driving enthusiasts.

The standard wheels are now 17 x 8-in. as compared to 17 x 7-in. in the 2010 model, with tire size of 235/45R17 versus 225/45R17. The Impreza is also available in 4- and 5- door models, which are to arrive this summer. Both models are powered by a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter 4-cyl SUBARU-BOXER engine with a 5-speed manual transmission; a highly responsive engine that produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.

Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru America, Inc., stated that with the wide-body design of the Impreza, a major step towards the continuous evolution of Subaru was taken, providing driving fans with an even more captivating all-wheel drive performance package.

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