SUBARU ENGINE STILL BOXING CLEVER AT 50
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