Subaru Could Be Back In The WRC For 2014

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Do you remember the days when turbo-charged, four-cylinder, boxer-engine-powered, all-wheel-drive rally machines would effortlessly rumble, sputter and pop their way through dirt, tarmac, water and snow, usually doing so while sideways, in mid-air and at times a combination of the two? Wait, hold on a second, a four cylinder boxer engine? Yes, I’m talking about Subaru. Specifically, I'm talking about the glory days of Subaru when they still competed in the WRC (or, the World Rally Championship). However, those glory days may yet again arise, because despite the ever-changing rules in WRC, Subaru has decided they’re going to release a new model that may very well be able to fit the picky FIA requirements and thus compete in the WRC once again.
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You may be reading this now and saying to yourself, “but Subaru only has a 2.0 liter model to compete with! 2011 FIA counsel regulations clearly state that the engine has to be 1.6 liters!” Well, guy, you’re right! However, Subaru has announced that in 2014 they will be separating the beloved WRX and WRX STi lines from the Impreza line. So far there are no official images of the new model, so worry not - any images you see for now are just unofficial artists’ renderings based on the handful of details Subaru has released.
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Its stated that the new WRX/WRX STi model will have a shorter wheelbase, “for more precise turn-in” Subaru states, and a smaller, turbo-charged (and possibly even twin-charged) 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder engine that will be able to make around 270 horses, while the STi variant could easily be making nearly 300 horses or more. “That’s a lot of power for a car that weighs less than a pencil. What are all of these performance-related increases necessary for anyway?”, you might ask, but according to what Subaru is planning on doing in a couple of years to come, it looks like Subaru may very well be planning their return to the World Rally Championship. Subaru if you’re listening, we’re in need of your boxer-powered, rumbling monsters. Citroën just isn’t enough to keep us interested anymore, and Loeb’s too good. Here’s to 2014.
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