Next-gen Subaru WRX could use electric turbocharger - report

2012 Subaru Impreza 20.04.2011
2012 Subaru Impreza 20.04.2011

Could be more powerful and efficient than a standard turbo

According to a recent report, the next-generation Subaru WRX could use an electronic turbocharger.

Details are limited, but Drive says the system could be more powerful and efficient than a standard turbocharger.  The electric turbo could also eliminate the need for complex piping.

While Subaru Australia spokesman David Rowley said it was too early to comment about the model, he said "Our understanding is that [WRX] will be completely distinctive from the current Impreza, it will look considerably different." He also hinted that there could be a "whole raft of technical refinements on WRX because by the time we see it, it will be some years old in terms of the maturity of Impreza."

As we have previously reported, speculation has suggested the model could be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with approximately 270 hp (201 kW / 274 PS). The WRX STI could also use the same engine, but have an increased output of more than 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS).

Source: Drive via Autoblog

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DanielWatkins DanielWatkins
Make it a hybrid!
Jul 27th, 2012 9:18pm
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TorxMonster TorxMonster
@ Subaru Freak Only renderings, its still in its infancy. looks like we wont see it until next year as it will be a 2014/15 MY at this point. The WRX needs to be 300HP and the STi needs to be over 350HP-400HP at this point. + over complicating the turbo configuration is pointless, this is an aftermarket car, a tuners car. Subaru also needs to do away with the top mount intercooler , i wouldnt mind seeing some air/water intercooling as well.
May 5th, 2012 12:28am
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WoodyThompson WoodyThompson
This is supposed to be a 2 door and it will be very expensive if the cheaply made BRZ is already close to $30k.
May 7th, 2012 2:05am
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Subaru_Freak Subaru_Freak
Do you know when are they going to show us this "WRX"?
May 4th, 2012 11:43pm
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