5 Reasons Why Subaru Should Upgrade 2018 WRX STI to 2.0-liter engine
The 2017 Subaru WRX STI 2.5-liter engine has been a good workhorse, but it needs to be replace with a new powerplant. There’s 5 reasons why Subaru needs to upgrade the 2018 Subaru WRX STI with the 2.0-liter turbo engine. Subaru runs this engine in all their motorsports machines. There’s 5 cars Subaru Tecnica International (STI) uses it in to power their successful race program around the globe. It’s a proven winner.
2.0-liter powers 5 successful STI motorsports cars
The purpose-built 2016 Subaru WRX STI Time Attack car driven by Mark Higgins, just shattered the lap car record at the Isle of Man TT course. It has the 2.0-liter turbo engine under the hood. The previous record was held by the 2015 WRX STI powered by the 2.5-liter mill.
The 2016 Subaru WRX STI NBR Nurburgring 24-hour car just won it’s second consecutive SP3T Class victory with the same 2.0-liter powerplant. This engine helped the WRX STI finish 20th overall, ahead of many more powerful cars in the higher classes.
The SUPER GT Series is widely regarded as Japan’s top motorsports category, where STI races the BRZ GT300. Subaru also runs the 2.0-liter boxer engine with enhanced engine performance in this motorsports event. They’ve won a number of races over past few seasons.
Subaru is working on a 2017 WRX STI supercar
Subaru competes in the Rally America Championship where David Higgins is behind the wheel of the 2016 Subaru WRX STI. What powers the highly successful car? Of course the 2.0-liter mill. Higgins is working on his seventh drivers title with this engine under the hood.
Subaru also runs the 2.0-liter engine in their Global Rallycross cars that pump out around 600hp. Subaru is now building a new 2017 Subaru WRX STI supercar that will likely use the same engine that Prodrive and STI used to shatter the IOM TT record. The Time Attack 2.0-liter has a rev limit of 8500 vs 6500 rpm for the current GRC powerplant. Power output is believed to be around 600hp and 400 lb. ft of torque.
The Subaru 2.0-liter EJ20 horizontally-opposed turbo engine is a proven winner. Subaru needs to upgrade the 2018 Subaru WRX STI with this powerplant. Will Subaru do it? Stay tuned.
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