Subaru is synonymous with Boxer engines and performance. Its turbocharged, AWD Impreza WRX and STI, along with the RWD, sport-compact coupe BRZ have secured a loyal following among enthusiasts and the aftermarket. Full-Race tubular manifolds support both single scroll and twin scroll turbochargers, as well as turbochargers by Garrett, BorgWarner, and Precision Turbo. Full-Race also carries a broad selection of ancillary components from intercoolers to wastegates, radiators and more.
Fuji Heavy Industries’ Subaru division gained significant momentum stateside in the early 90s. Subaru’s presence on the world stage, especially in the FIA World Rally Championship, cemented its foothold as a performance contender. Add to this the championships won by the likes of the late Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg and it’s no wonder that the brand has captured a loyal following across a variety of vehicle segments and in different regions of the USA and the world.
Four-way Power Split
The Impreza WRX and STI variants lead the way with performance provided by turbocharged, horizontally-opposed, four-cylinder Boxer engines and Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive drivelines. The first Impreza WRX arrived stateside in 2002, powered by a 220hp, 2.0-liter EJ205 engine. Its performance brother the STI hit US shores in 2004, propelled by a larger, 300+hp 2.5-liter EJ257 engine.
Power at the Rear Wheels
Not all Subarus are Front- or All-wheel drive, however. In 2012, Subaru unveiled its affordable, RWD sports coupe, the BRZ in 2012. This platform featured Subaru’s next generation FA20 engine, a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter Boxer engine producing 200hp. This platform and just about every component except for the exterior are shared with its brother from a different mother, the Toyota FR-S/GT86/FT86. Thanks to the tremendous interest by enthusiasts, the aftermarket answered the call for greater output from the FA20, giving way to forced-induction solutions that have raised the performance threshold of the affordable sport-compact coupe.