Subaru FA20 Turbo Engine Debuts. Start Dreaming About A Boosted BRZ.
May 8th, 2012 1:42 PM Share
Even with vehement denials of a boosted Subaru BRZ, Subaru has still managed to debut a turbocharged version of the 2.0L Boxer engine. And just because the BRZ won’t get it doesn’t mean other products won’t.
Set to debut first in the Legacy, the new engine makes 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft but comes mated to a joyless CVT gearbox. Womp womp!
The FA20 Turbo motor does away with the Toyota D4-S system and gets a true DI system instead. Expect this engine to appear, with a manual gearbox, in the next generation WRX, and perhaps in a higher state of tune for the WRX STI. And who knows…maybe it will end up in a turbocharged BRZ, or Scion FR-S.
Published May 8th, 2012 1:42 PM
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Awesome! I bet this will show up the BRZ/FT? right around the same time that Mazda finally puts the RX-8 engine (or whatever vaporware you were hoping for) in the Miata, and we can race them!
Will they sell it as a crate motor?
Would they even need to change anything other than the engine to create a boosted BRZ? brakes? nope, suspension.. maybe minor tweaks for differences in engine weight. trim.. no tires no seems like a no brainer to me
Took a while to get stateside (all the better to work out bugs!), but FA20's now in the '14 Forester XT and seems to works nicely. Turbocharger's on engine bottom which probably makes it too bulky for the BRZ's lower height engine compartment. Also, torque curves suggest it's neither peaky nor a screamer (unlike the peaky on-off STI engine) Unknown is how well engine will resist intake manifold carbon buildup plaguing many DI engines. Subaru added a two stage system to better manage manifold air flow. Also, FYI, Subaru offered forester turbos with stick shifts up to the 2009 model year. Guess what? They didn't sell ! So Subaru dropped that variant. In fact, apparently only 5% of all Forester sales are XT's, though that may change now that '14 XT can burn regular fuel.