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Old 11-01-2012, 09:06 PM   #20
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Location: Eagle River, AK
2001 Impreza 2.5RS


Originally Posted by AKSubie
Weren't the Bugeye transmissions considered undesireable for the power? Something about "glass trannies"?

Not to say you are wrong, HOWEVER there were many Subaru reps that were denying the next gen LGT would have a Turbo stateside, or rather it was fairly slim. After a member and I saw a couple we learned a few reps knew about it, but were sworn to not mention anything till Subaru did. Basically, the rep you have spoken to might or might not know, but I doubt they'd share anything.
See article:

For those of you who are looking forward to turbo or supercharge your BRZ / FR-S / GT 86 via the aftermarket, however, we must remind you of a crucial caveat that appears on the second photo of this article: “Medium Torque Capacity RWD 6-Speed Manual transmission (AZ6)”. A cursory glance at all the vehicles that have used the Aisin AZ6 reveals that the torquiest of the lot is the S15 Nissan Silvia Spec-R, producing 202 lb/ft. All other AZ6 users produced somewhere between 124 and 163 lb/ft of torque, with stock BRZ / FR-S / GT 86 rated at 151 lb/ft. Notably, when the North American market demanded a manual transmission option for the Lexus IS 300 and its 2JZ-GE 3-liter inline 6′s 218 lb/ft of torque, the Aisin AZ6 (or J160 in Toyotaspeak) was deemed to be too weak. Instead, a W55 variant of the W58 5-speed manual from the naturally-aspirated Toyota Supra and Lexus SC 300 was used. Thus, it’ll be quite interesting to see what Subaru and Toyota engineers would do for a possible future manual supercharged or turbocharged FT-86 variant.
As far as spoilers from my contacts... I believe him. If Subaru is doing some secret project they are keeping it under enough that even our district sales rep doesn't know..And I don't think he would lie to me if he did know. Which means... It probably isn't happening for 2014.
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