The automotive industry trade journal Ward’s has named Subaru’s FA20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo DIT engine (found in the Subaru WRX) a winner of its 2016 Ward’s 10 Best Engines award for the second consecutive year.
This is the fifth time that Subaru has won a Ward’s prestigious 10 Best Engines accolade. The first two were awarded in 2004 and 2010 for the EJ25 2.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged Boxer engine; the third was the 2013 award for the FA20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Boxer engine, and the fourth was the 2015 award for the FA20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Boxer direct injection turbo DIT engine.
An iconic Subaru All Wheel Drive sports performance power-plant, the FA20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Boxer DIT engine produces 268 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, with a broad torque curve that peaks at 350Nm over a 2,000-5,200 rpm engine speed range while achieving enhanced fuel economy. The judges composed of Ward’s Auto editors appreciated both its superb power performance and enhanced fuel economy. The winners were chosen from nominated 31 powertrains.
To be eligible for the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, an engine must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the United States market with a base price not exceeding $61,000 USD. Editors score every engine based on horsepower, torque, drivability, noise and harshness mitigation, flexibility, observed fuel economy and onboard technology.
Subaru’s WRXs will be seen in all their glory at the 2016 Leadfoot Festival in the Coromandel, where they are the official pace cars for the February 6 and 7 event at motorsport legend Rod Millen’s ranch.
Subaru of New Zealand’s Managing Director Wallis Dumper says this award-winning engine – which is also in the capable Forester XT - will also be powering the exciting new Subaru Levorg, which is due to go on sale in New Zealand from mid-2016.
“This industry-awarded Boxer FA20 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo DIT engine will be housed in the sleek, stylish Levorg wagon. Subaru of New Zealand has been able to secure a special, high specification model and given the Levorg’s success in Subaru international markets to date, we are optimistic about its appeal factor, once it reaches our shores” Mr Dumper says.
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