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Old 11-28-2012, 03:03 PM   #275
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Originally Posted by WrxRcr View Post
I thought the new imprezas were on demand awd, meaning they run in 2wd mode until slip is detected. The article i read stated subaru did this to improve fuel economy.
Well the 5speeds are always 50/50 with a viscous coupler.

The CVT is like most other Subaru automatics, with electronically controlled clutches to direct power. Estimates vary from 90/10 to 60/40 front to rear power distribution in normal conditions.

My hunch is 90% front, because the system works so well there is no need to always send power to the rear wheels in non-slippery conditions, and obviously their goal with the new impreza was to maximize the MPG's, which is why in Texas you can see 36mpg at 65mph on the highway. Impressive!
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Last edited by Zeeper; 11-28-2012 at 03:52 PM.
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