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An electric turbocharger for the next Subaru WRX?

By FaezClutchless on 06 May 2012

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The next Subaru WRX and WRX STI are definitely undergoing some changes. Just two months ago, senior representatives of the company from various markets gather in Japan to discuss the modelís future. Many possibilities might take place in terms of an all new platform, a two-door version and the WRX and its STI variant might even turn into a Euro-styled sports sedan; something in the style of the AMG or M cars.

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Another rumoured possibility that might happen to the WRX and its STI variant lies beneath the engine bay. In 2007, Subaru filed a patent for an electric-powered turbocharger. Subaruís parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries is working on a turbocharger that is able to generate electricity from the heat energy of the exhaust gasses and this could drastically change the way forced induction works if perfected.

A forced induction system in that manner would eliminate the complicated turbocharger plumbing and that would result in more linear power delivery by greatly reducing turbo lag. Subaru has not said much about the system and instead they call it the latest of many rumours surrounding the next WRX and its STI variant.

There are also other many speculations about the next WRX and WRX STI. Firstly; it may feature smaller engines and if coupled with the electric turbocharger unit, it would have a better output in terms of fuel economy. Another thing is that the WRX cars could come with either a six-speed manual or a CVT unit.

I strongly believe that many Subaru fans would disapprove the idea of a CVT in a WRX. The term CVT and sports car just donít sound and look right together. Maybe the company could invest in a dual-clutch unit instead. Anyway, it is clear that Subaru is distancing the WRX and WRX STI from the Impreza family tree and we will just have to wait and see what the future holds for the WRX.

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Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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ER-3682 May 06 2012 09:59 AM
Yah NO C.V.T. please,the BRZ 6 speed Autobox looks fine...should use it.
Terenceleo May 06 2012 11:33 AM
Pls...dual clutch...pls...cvt will just rob the fun of such calibre!
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