Next Generation Subaru WRX To Get 2.0L, 270-HP Powerplant

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Subaru has confirmed that their next generation WRX will pack a new 2.0L turbocharged flat-four powerplant with a targeted horsepower rating of 270-hp. The powerplant will be a turbocharged version of the FA20 powerplant found in the new Subaru BRZ.

Despite being half a liter smaller than the current 2.5L, 265-hp engine, the turbocharged FA20 engine will ultimately be more powerful and more fuel efficient. Either way, we’re happy that the WRX is returning with a turbocharged powerplant and we’ll get to enjoy the infamous rumble that a turbocharged flat-four produces.

The new WRX will further separate itself from the standard Impreza models with this powerplant. The standard Impreza is equipped with a 2.0L flat-four from Subaru’s FB-series of engines which lacks the new-age technology found in the FA20 engine.

Subaru didn’t confirm when we’ll see the new WRX though, but we’re anticipating that it’ll make its debut sometime next year and will be available as a 2013 model.

[Source: Motor Trend]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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