Considering how many Subaru nuts browse these pages, it may come as no shock the company is preparing its first boxer diesel engine. Still, the company announced in Paris it would have the first horizontally opposed oil burner ready for the Geneva show next year. The torque produced will likely be epic (rally, anyone?), Subaru says the high compression pressure requires significant crankcase engineering, but that having the crankshaft and turbo under the cylnder block makes for low center of gravity. Earlier this year, Reuters reported the first European diesels would appear in late 2007, but the company didn't release specific production plans in Paris.
Subaru to Do Diesel, End of '07's the Goal [internal]