Turbo-diesel flat-four claimed as world-first
Subaru said it’s about to unveil what it called the world’s first horizontally-opposed
The company will be debuting the engine at the 77th Geneva International
Motor Show next month, along with an entire, all-wheel-drive drivetrain.
Subaru said it “believes passionately” in its boxer engines which are more
compact than in-line units and provide a much lower centre-of-gravity. This
reduces body roll for safer cornering and also enhances handling precision.
Due for its first vehicle application early next year, Subaru claimed its
boxer turbo diesel to be a highly rigid unit with low levels of noise and
vibration, eliminating the need for a balancer shaft. Other benefits include
compactness and strong pulling power at low engine speeds with high-rev throttle-response.
Knowing Subaru’s experience at getting the most from an engine I wouldn’t
mind taking one of their cars with this engine in it for a test drive.
I still remember the first time I sat in a Subaru. It was my bosses car
who I considered to be a quiet peaceful sort of guy, until he put his foot
down and threw me into the back seat nearly breaking my neck in the process,
(well that is what it felt like at the time).
And the noise that most Subaru’s make is second only to that usually heard
from most V8’s in America.
Can’t wait to see what this new engine sounds and performs like.
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