Dec 8th, 2011 by Ross Edwards
Subaru has announced that the 2013 Subaru WRX will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 0.5 liters smaller than the current engine. Don’t panic, the WRX isn’t being tuned down in the name of fuel efficiency, the new engine will make 270-hp.
The original WRX (in America) came with a 2.0-liter engine when it was introduced in 2001 until the first model change in 2004 when the engine size was upped to 2.5 liters. The 2.0-liter engine size holds a bit more legitimacy with hardcore gearheads because that is the actual size of the engine in the WRC rally car the Impreza is ostensibly based on. 270-horsepower will be enough for the WRX to compete with the other sports cars in its expected price range (the 2012 Subaru WRX (shown above) starts at $25,595, putting it in competition with the V6 Mustang, Camaro and Challenger) and smoke those slightly less expensive than it (the 210-hp Hyundai Genesis 2.0t and the upcoming BRZ and Scion FR-S).
The new engine will make its debut in naturally aspirated form in the new Subaru BRZ, the new sports car jointly developed with Toyota. Subaru designed this new engine from the ground up, according to Autoblog, so it’s safe to assume that it was built with the turbocharged WRX, and the STI, in mind.
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