Subaru Builds 15-Millionth Boxer Engine

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Subaru Builds 15-Millionth Boxer Engine

Subaru has reached a new milestone 49 years after the first Boxer engine was introduced.

The Japanese automaker has announced that it has built its 15 millionth Boxer engine, one of the hallmarks for the brand along with its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Subaru first introduced the Boxer engine in 1966 in the 1000, forgoing the typical inline and V-engine designs for a horizontally-opposed cylinder setup.

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For years, the Boxer engine has been recognized for its unique design that allows for smoother operation but more importantly, the ability to place the engine lower in the bay for a better overall center of gravity. Current Boxer engine offerings include a 2.0-liter flat four found in the BRZ, a larger 2.5-liter flat-four, a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four and a 3.6-liter flat six. Porsche also employs the flat-six design in various models.

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  • smartacus

    i always wondered why Subaru’s 3.6 flat-six never found its way into the back of a boutique car (or the front of a BRZ)

  • No Subie Fan

    and Subaru mechanics rejoice for all the costly head gaskets they get to replace!

  • greg

    subarus flat 6 is a work horse engine. which is not exactly suited to high power. it would do well tuned up in a buggy though