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Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ Will Get Engine Power Boost from Cosworth

Although the Toyota GT86 (sold as the Scion FR-S in US)/Subaru BRZ are constantly praised for its handling and fun factors, one major gripe within their owner circle is their slightly underpowered 4-cylinder engine (code name: 4U-GSE for Toyota and FA20 in Subaru), which “only” provides 200hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.

At this moment, there is no official confirmation from Toyota or Subaru that they will offer a higher output engine for the FR-S/BRZ (maybe they have planned to, but not officially admitted it yet)...

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Subaru Dials Back Engine Oil Change Interval for 2015 Model Year

Currently for all 2014 Subaru vehicles, the car maker recommends changing the engine oil for every 7,500 miles (this is the minimum requirement).

But we have got confirmation from our Subaru source that, the manufacture will reduce the mileage number to 6,000, starting for all 2015 model year Subaru vehicles.

Different from most of other auto makers, Subaru uses horizontally opposed-cylinder engine (called “boxer engine”) in its cars.  This type of engine has low center of gravity, which benefits the car’s handling. But this comes with expense that other V-shaped or I-shaped engine don’t have.

For example, because the cylinders are lying flat in the engine bay, the engin...

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2015 Subaru Outback will be unveiled before the NY auto show

The new generation of Outback will be debuted right before the public opening of the2014 NY auto show, on 04/17 at 10:55am, during the press briefing. The auto show will be opened to the public on 04/18.

The new Outback will be offered a 2.5L flat-four and a 3.6L flat-six engine, mated to a CVT transmission.

Here is one teaser image from Subaru, and one spy shot of the car we are talking about.




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The higher output the better?

Short answer: yes and no.

Full explanation:

For example a manufacturer states the engine puts out 268hp@5600rpm, and 258 lb-ft of torque@2000rpm, it only means: when the engine is revving at 5600rpm, the maximum power it can deliver is 268hp; when the engine is revving at 2000rpm, the maximum torque it will deliver is 258 lb-ft.

But it does not tell you WHEN it can attain such value. Take the above engine for example: 258 lb-ft of torque at 2000rpm – it does not mean every time when you see your tachometer needle points at the 2000rpm mark, the engine is outputting 258 lb-ft of torque.

The first factor is how deep you are pressing the gas pedal (which shows how eagerly yo...

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