SUBARU EN­GINE STILL BOX­ING CLEVER AT 50

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SUBARU is cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of its hor­i­zon­tally-op­posed ‘Boxer’ en­gine, so-called due to the en­gine’s pis­tons re­sem­bling the punch-coun­ter­punch mo­tion of a boxer’s fists. Subaru’s sig­na­ture Boxer was in­tro­duced in 1996 and since then Subaru has max­imised the in­her­ent ad­van­tages of its Boxer en­gines and con­tin­u­ously re­fined them. To­day, to­tal pro­duc­tion ex­ceeds 16 mil­lion units in diesel and petrol vari­ants, with the op­tion of 6 speed man­ual or Subaru’s own ex­cel­lent Lin­eartronic au­to­matic gear­box.

The hor­i­zon­tally-op­posed Boxer’s pis­tons work to can­cel out in­er­tia force, re­sult­ing in su­perb ro­ta­tional bal­ance pro­vid­ing smooth ac­cel­er­a­tion right up to the high­est en­gine speeds. The com­pact lay­out also al­lows it to be fit­ted lower in the en­gine bay than a con­ven­tional en­gine, low­er­ing the cen­tre of grav­ity and help­ing to re­duce in­juries to both ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pants and pedes­tri­ans in event of a frontal col­li­sion. This con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to Subaru’s strong NCAP Safety rat­ings and low in­sur­ance Groups.

The Boxer en­gine is a key com­po­nent in Subaru’s dis­tinc­tive Sym­met­ri­cal All-wheel Drive (AWD) sys­tem. Subaru’s AWD de­liv­ers su­pe­rior sta­bil­ity and trac­tion. The lay­out of the driv­e­train bal­ances weight dis­tri­bu­tion, op­ti­mis­ing high speed sta­bil­ity, cor­ner­ing and driver confidence. Avail­able grip is max­imised on rain soaked roads, gravel and slip­pery sur­faces. It is a myth that Sym­met­ri­cal AWD is just for win­ter, Subaru’s drive sys­tem truly is an all year round ben­e­fit.

Mo­tor­sport fans will recog­nise Subaru’s legacy from their ral­ly­ing her­itage. It’s no­table that the only other car man­u­fac­turer to have whole­heart­edly em­braced Boxer en­gines is Porsche – but not with Sym­met­ri­cal AWD, nor at Subaru’s prices (OTR from just £17,495).

Subaru’s en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­tise spreads de­sign and pro­duc­tion costs to de­liver in­com­pa­ra­ble value for their cus­tomers. Con­se­quently they are the largest man­u­fac­turer of AWD cars glob­ally.

“In Amer­ica Subaru is a truly pre­mium brand, and we con­sis­tently out­sell BMW, Audi and VW com­bined,” said Neville Matthews, MD of Subaru NI.

“Un­prece­dented de­mand world­wide means North­ern Ire­land cus­tomers are look­ing at eight to 10 weeks de­liv­ery across the range. The much awaited 2016 model year XV Crossover and 2016 Forester mod­els have now ar­rived, Out­back is the coun­try es­tate of choice, and the new Levorg GT has been get­ting rave re­views.”

“Buy­ers tell us that Subaru de­liver ev­ery­thing the Ger­mans do — and more — in terms of qual­ity and spec­i­fi­ca­tion, at sig­nif­i­cantly lower prices, and a su­pe­rior war­ranty,” said Matthews.

“To­day’s Boxer diesel and petrol en­gines are punchy, pow­er­ful and mea­gre on fuel. It all adds up to a win­ning for­mula that we in­tend to keep de­liv­er­ing and im­prov­ing, the begin­ning of the next ex­cit­ing chap­ter of prod­uct de­vel­op­ments.”

The com­plete Subaru range is avail­able ex­clu­sively in North­ern Ire­land on the UFU Affin­ity pro­gramme. Put Subaru to the test at NI deal­ers Western Cars En­niskillen, East­wood Mo­tors Lis­burn and Gorm­ley Mo­tors Dun­gan­non or visit www.subaru.co.uk.

Left: Subaru NI man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Neville Matthews. Above: Subaru Levorg GT and (right) the Boxer en­gine and Sym­met­ri­cal AWD driv­e­train

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