Subaru EJ engine

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Subaru EJ engine
Subaru EJ22 boxer engine.jpg
Manufacturer Subaru
Production 1988 – present
Combustion chamber
Valvetrain DOHC/SOHC
Turbocharger Optional
Fuel type Petrol/gasoline
Predecessor Subaru EA engine
Successor Subaru FB engine

The Subaru EJ engine is a series of four-cycle automotive engines manufactured by Subaru. They were introduced in 1989, intended to succeed the previous Subaru EA engine. The EJ series is the mainstay of Subaru's engine line, with all engines of this series being 16-valve horizontal flat-fours, with configurations available for single, or double-overhead camshaft arrangements (SOHC or DOHC). Naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions are available, ranging from 96 to 320 horsepower. These engines are commonly used in light aircraft, kit cars and engine swaps into air-cooled Volkswagens, and are also popular as a swap into the wasserboxer engined Volkswagen T3/Vanagon . Primary engineering on the EJ series was done by Masayuki Kodama, Takemasa Yamada and Shuji Sawafuji of Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru's parent company.


Subaru EJ15 engine (2004 Impreza)



  • Displacement: 1,493 cc
  • Bore: 85.0 mm
  • Stroke: 65.8 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4:1 - 10.0
  • Valvetrain: SOHC, 16 valves
  • Fuel Delivery multi point fuel injection


  • Horsepower: 97 PS (71 kW; 96 bhp) at 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 129.4 N·m (95 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm


  • Horsepower: 102 PS (75 kW; 101 bhp) at 5,600 rpm
  • Torque: 136.3 N·m (101 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm


  • Horsepower: 95 PS (70 kW; 94 bhp) at 5,200 rpm
  • Torque: 140.2 N·m (103 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm


  • Horsepower: 100 PS (74 kW; 99 bhp) at 5,200 rpm
  • Torque: 142.0 N·m (105 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm



  • Impreza 93-94 (JDM only) GC4 series
  • Impreza 93-06 (Europe & Middle East)
  • Impreza 93-97 (Australia)


  • Displacement: 1,597 cc
  • Bore: 87.9 mm
  • Stroke: 65.8 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4:1 - 10.0:1
  • Valvetrain: SOHC
  • Fuel Delivery mpfi (carburetor in some locations)


  • Horsepower: 90 PS (66 kW; 89 bhp) at 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 138.3 N·m (102 lb·ft) at 4,500 rpm



  • Impreza 93-99 GC6 series
  • Legacy (except USA) 90-96 BC2, BC3, BD2, BD3, BG3 series
  • Isuzu Aska (1990–1993)


  • Displacement: 1820 cc
  • Bore: 87.9 mm
  • Stroke: 75.0 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1 - 9.7:1
  • Valvetrain: SOHC
  • Fuel Delivery single point fuel injection


  • Horsepower: 110 PS (81 kW; 108 bhp) @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 149.1 N·m (110 lb·ft) @ 3200 rpm


  • Horsepower: 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp) @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 154.0 N·m (114 lb·ft) @ 4500 rpm


  • Horsepower: 120 PS (88 kW; 118 bhp) @ 5600 rpm
  • Torque: 163.8 N·m (121 lb·ft) @ 3600 rpm


Subaru EJ20 SOHC NA engine (2006 Legacy)

(Japanese: Subaru EJ20)

The EJ20 is a 2-liter boxer four, with either single or double overhead camshafts. The smaller EJ18 was developed from the EJ20, as were the enlarged EJ22 and EJ25 engines.


  • Displacement: 1,994 cc
  • Bore: 92.0 mm
  • Stroke: 75.0 mm

EJ20E SOHC naturally aspirated

  • Legacy JDM
    • 1989-1994 125 PS (92 kW) BC - BF series
    • 1993-1999 135 PS (99 kW) BD - BG series( ECU code EURO 3G,D3 ; Asia 4H)
    • 1998-2004 155 PS (114 kW) BE - BH series( ECU code EURO 3G,D3 ; Asia 4H)
    • 2003-2009 140 PS (103 kW) BL - BP series
  • Europe
  • 1991-1999 115 PS (85 kW) BC, BD, BF series[1]
  • Impreza JDM
    • 1993-1999 135 PS (99 kW) GC - GF series
    • 2008-current 140 PS (103 kW) GH series
  • Europe
  • 1994-1999 115 PS (85 kW) GC, GF series[2]
  • Isuzu Aska (1990–1993)
    • 1990-1993 125 PS (92 kW)

EJ20D DOHC naturally aspirated

  • Legacy JDM
    • 1989-1999 150 PS (110 kW) BC - BF and BD - BG series

EJ202 SOHC naturally aspirated

EJ204 DOHC naturally aspirated AVCS

  • Legacy B4 RS JDM BE - BH series
    • 1999-2001 190 PS (140 kW)
  • Legacy JDM BL - BP series
    • 2003-2009 190 PS (140 kW)
  • Impreza JDM GC - GF series
    • 1993-1999 155 PS (114 kW)

EJ20N runs on compressed natural gas

EJ20 Turbocharged[edit]

All engines listed below were installed with a turbocharger and an intercooler:


This is not actually a valid code from Subaru, but is mostly used by enthusiasts and mechanics to describe the entire line of 2.0 litre turbocharged engines that have been available over time. The practice began with the designation of the USA-spec turbo, commonly referred to as the EJ22T, and the habit of referring to any turbocharged engine as a "T" began. When referring to the EJ20T, one is speaking of one of the following:


EJ20G engines fall into 3 categories:

1. Rocker-style HLA EJ20G usage[edit]
  • Legacy RS 89-93
  • Legacy RS-RA 89-93
  • Legacy GT 89-93

Power output ranges from 200 PS (147 kW; 197 bhp) @ 6000 rpm and 260 Nm for the GT to 220 PS (162 kW; 217 bhp) @ 6400 rpm and 270 Nm for the RS versions. Engines can be identified by coil on plug with 2 M6 bolts per coil and valve covers with 4CAM 16VALVE and horizontal lines above and below the plug holes. All these engines have the air-to-water intercooler setup (chargecooler) and oil squirters.

2. Bucket-style HLA EJ20G usage[edit]

Power output ranges from 220 PS @ 6000 rpm and 260 Nm for the WRX Wagons to 275 PS @ 6500 rpm and 319 Nm for the WRX STI Version II. Engines can be identified by coil on plug with 1 M8 bolt per coil and valve covers with 4CAM 16VALVE and horizontal lines above the plug holes. Generally these engines all have the slanted intercooler. Some engines may not have HLA buckets but solid buckets with shims underneath. These engines also feature lighter valves, the intake valves are marked INKO and the exhaust valves are marked EXKO. The standard HLA valves are I252 and E283 respectively. All WRX Wagon engines and automatic sedan engines came with a TD04 with 90 deg elbow, all manual WRX sedans including STI versions had a TD05 with 90 deg elbow

3. Shim-over-bucket style EJ20K usage[edit]
  • Impreza WRX AT 97~98
  • Impreza WRX AT Wagon 97~98
  • JDM Forester Turbo 97~98
  • EUDM Subaru Impreza Turbo 97~98

Power output is 250 PS @ 6000 rpm for the Japanese versions and 211 PS for the European model. Engines can be identified by smooth valve covers, plug leads and a wasted spark coil in the middle of the intake manifold. These engines were available with both manual and automatic transmission in Japan, but generally had manual transmission in Europe in the Impreza Turbo.

EJ20X EJ20Y[edit]

These engines are fitted in the JDM legacy BL5 (sedan) and BP5 (Wagon). EJ20X/EJ20Y are open deck engines with thicker cylinder walls than ej25 They are fitted with semi-forged rods and crank. dual AVCS intake & exhaust, 9.5:1 compression and a fast spooling turbo yields a torque filled performance. (265-280 bhp)


  • VF38 (auto version)
  • TD04 HLA 19T (Manual 2003-2006)
  • VF45 (both auto and manual post-2006 facelift models)


This engine series is used for WRX models in the world market outside of Japan as of 1999. The Japanese WRX models use the EJ207 from 1999~2001, except the 5-door wagon which also uses the EJ205. After 2001, all WRXs use the EJ205, until 2006 when the USDM WRX model changed engines to the EJ255. The EJ205 has an 8:1 compression ratio.

To identify an EJ205:

  • Coil on plug
  • idle air integrated into throttle body
  • Open deck block

Usage: Impreza WRX

  • 99~01 (JDM Wagon Body only)
  • 01~current (all JDM)including Forester Cross Sports and STI (9:1 compression ratio)
  • 02~05 (USDM)
  • 04~05 SAAB 9-2X AERO
  • 99~current (all other markets)

NOTE: The Australian Spec MY00 EJ205 does not have coil on plug but can be identified from the VIN of the vehicle (if known) where the 10th digit will be Y (for year 2000) and the 6th Digit will be 8 (for the 2000yr/EJ205)


It started his life for the 9/98-8/99 GC8 in Japan/UK/Australia The EJ207 has an 8.0:1 compression ratio.

To identify a 9/98-9/2000 EJ207 (v5/v6 WRX STI GC8/GF8)

  • wasted spark coil pack off center of manifold
  • inlet under manifold
  • red intake manifold
  • Semi deck block
  • higher rev limit than ej205


2.0L Quad Cam Twin-turbo from JDM 1996 Subaru Legacy GT


This may refer to a 2 liter DOHC Sequential Twin Turbo and intercooled engine (EJ20H/EJ20R/EJ206/EJ208). However, similar to the EJ20T, the term was never used by Subaru. Used from 1994 to 2005 in various iterations listed below. Due to the tight confines of the engine bay, the twin turbo engine was installed in Japanese-spec Legacies only, which were right-hand drive. The Pistons were lighter with a shorter skirt than the WRX EJ20T to allow for higher engine speed.




  • 1993-1998 Legacy chassis code BD/BG5 JDM RS, RS-B and GT's (183 kW (249 PS; 245 bhp) manual & automatic) and auto RS-B and GT-B's (190 kW (258 PS; 255 bhp) automatic)



  • 1996-1998 Legacy chassis code BD/BG5 JDM manual RS-B and GT-Bs (206 kW (280 PS; 276 bhp) Manual)



  • 1998-2003 Legacy chassis code BE/BH5 JDM GT's, GT-B's and B4's (190 kW (258 PS; 255 bhp)) Transmission: Auto

A/B/C have primary VF25 and secondary VF27 turbo's.
D have primary VF33 (46.5/35.4mm 9-blade turbine wheel and a 47.0mm/35.4mm 6 + 6 blade compressor) and secondary VF32 (exhaust side it uses a 46.5/35.4mm 9-blade turbine wheel, teamed with a 52.5/36.6mm 10-blade compressor wheel). Both are not ball bearings!

BH5A - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 8.5:1 Compression
BH5B - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 8.5:1 Compression
BH5C - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 9.0:1 Compression
BH5D - EJ206 9.0:1 Compression, EJ208 9.0:1 Compression



  • 1998-2003 Legacy chassis code BE/BH5 JDM GT's, GT-B's and B4's (206 kW (280 PS; 276 bhp)) Transmission: Manual

BH5A - 8.5:1 Compression - "Phase-II", or V5/6 generation.
BH5B - 8.5:1 Compression - "Phase-II", or V5/6 generation.
BH5C - 9.0:1 Compression - "Phase-II", or V5/6 generation.
BH5D - 9.0:1 Compression - "Phase-III", or V7 generation.

Rev D EJ208's can be considered a totally different motor to the A/B/C's, they run totally different cams, cam pulleys with different timing marks, different crank sprocket with different timing marks, pink 550cc injectors instead of yellow 440's, different intake manifold design. etc.



  • Impreza 95-01
  • Legacy 90-99, Outback 95-96


EJ221 Naturally Aspirated

  • Horsepower: 135 bhp (101 kW; 135 bhp) @ 5800 rpm
  • Torque: 137 lb·ft (186 N·m) @ 4800 rpm

EJ222 Naturally Aspirated (1999)

  • Horsepower: 142 bhp (106 kW; 144 PS) @ 5600 rpm
  • Torque: 149 lb·ft (202 N·m) @ 3600 rpm

EJ22 Enhancements and Improvements[edit]

Beginning in the 1997 model year, the 2.2 liter engine for 1997 Legacy and Impreza models had internal and external changes that yield an approximately 10% increase in power and 3% increase in fuel economy. Accomplishing this involves many factors, one of which is engine friction reduction. The pistons were coated with molybdenum to reduce friction. The thin coating reduces moving friction and reduces cylinder wall scuffing. The piston skirt was reshaped and the piston weight was reduced by approximately 100 grams. Compression ratio was increased to 9.7:1 by reshaping the piston crown. This eliminates the clearance that was available between the piston at TDC and the fully opened valve. Piston pin offset has been changed to 0.5mm (0.020 in). Piston to cylinder wall clearance has been reduced by increasing the piston diameter. Another source of high engine friction is the valve train. Hydraulic lash adjusters (HLAs) are always in contact with the valves. The hydraulic pressure of the lash adjuster must be overcome during operation and during the most critical time of engine start. To overcome this situation and to contribute to the total reduction of friction loss, 1997 and later SOHC engines have solid valve adjusters. The scheduled service of this valve train is set at 100,000 miles (160,000 km). SOHC engines now use an adjustment screw to adjust valve clearance. Engines with the earlier HLA are recommended to use 10W30 or 10W40 oil year-round; 5W30 can be used at very low winter temperatures. The roller rocker cam follower system that was introduced on the 1.8L Impreza engines, is installed on all 1995 model year and later 2.2 liter engines. The roller assemblies are not serviceable separately, but the rocker arms may be serviced as individual units. The carbon composition head gaskets with integrated o-rings are interchangeable from left to right on 1990 to 1994 NA engines only. Other Engine Modifications (2.2L 1997): The intake manifold has been reshaped to increase the airflow mass and speed, contributing to improved low and mid engine speed operation. Components located on the intake manifold have been relocated as compared to the 1996 models. EGR Solenoid, Purge Control Solenoid, etc. 1999 2.2 Liter Phase 2 Engine Enhancements (from endwrench article H-4 and H-6 service): All 2.2 liter engine for 1999 are the Phase 2 design. The 2.2 liter Phase 2 engines are a SOHC design, with a newly designed cylinder head. Changes in the 2.2 liter Phase 2 engines are as follows:

  • the engine and transmission are fastened with six bolts and two studs.
  • the thrust bearing has been moved to the number 5 position.
  • the oil groove in the number 1 and 3 have been changed to supply additional lubrication to the crank journal.

Additional Phase 2 Engine Features:

  • the cylinder head is a two-rocker shaft, solid type valve system with roller followers.
  • the valves are positioned at a larger angle than previous model years. The intake valves are positioned 23 degrees off-center with the exhaust valves positioned 20 degrees off-center. Prior model year engines utilized a 15-degree positioning angle.
  • head gasket thickness is 0.7 mm (0.03 in).
  • the intake rocker arms are marked so they are correctly placed on the rocker shaft when servicing. An IN1 or IN2 will be embossed on each rocker arm. As viewed from the front of the engine the Number 1 intake valve of ach cylinder and the number 2 intake valve have an IN1 marked and IN2 arked rocker arm that mates with it. New IN1 rocker arms can also be identified by a Green painted mark on the top of the rocker arm. The IN2 rocker arms have a white mark. Proper positioning is maintained through the use of a wave washer located between the rocker shaft arm and rocker arm shaft support.
  • the camshaft is secured to the cylinder head with the camcase. An oil passage in the cylinder head provides the passageway in the camcase with oil that leads to the intake rocker shaft. Oil from the camshaft is collected on the opposite side of the passageway leading to the intake rocker shaft to provide oil to the exhaust rocker shaft.

Note: Cylinder head and camcase must be replaced together (line bored).

  • the sparkplug pipe is pressed into the cylinder head and is not serviceable. If it becomes damaged the cylinder head must be replaced. The seals installed onto the ends of the sparkplug pipes seal against the valve covers and should be replaced when the valve cover is removed.
  • pistons on the 2.2 liter engines have a 0.5 mm (0.0 in) offset with the engine having a compression ratio of 10.0 to 1. The horsepower has increased to 142 hp (106 kW) @ 5600 rpm. Maximum torque is 149 lb·ft (202 N·m) @ 3600 rpm.
  • camshaft sprockets are constructed of a resin type material with a metal key pressed into the sprocket for maintaining proper sprocket to shaft orientation.


2.2 litre

AUDM Subaru EJ22E

135 bhp (101 kW) @ 5800 rpm 140 lb·ft (190 N·m) @ 4800 rpm Australian model - 100 kW (130 hp) @ 6000 rpm 189 N·m (139 ft·lbf) @ 4800 rpm Usage:

  • Legacy 90-96
  • Impreza 93-97-98


Phase one 2.2 Liter SOHC Turbo, 163 bhp (122 kW; 165 PS) fully closed deck, oil squirters, no intercooler

  • Legacy 1991-1994 (North American-spec)


Phase two 2.2 litre closed deck, based on the EJ20K STI engine. Uses identical cylinder heads and turbocharger but with a unique closed deck 2.2L crank case. The pistons are factory forged items, the connecting rods are stock. Although being closed deck, the block does not feature oil squirters for piston cooling, opposed to the EJ20 closed deck block and the USDM-only Legacy EJ22T closed deck block.

  • Displacement: 2212 cc
  • Bore: 96.9 mm
  • Stroke: 75.0 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery multi point fuel injection

EJ22G Turbo DOHC

  • Horsepower: 280 PS (206 kW; 276 bhp) @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 362.8 N·m (268 lb·ft) @ 3200 rpm



  • Displacement: 2457 cc
  • Bore: 99.5 mm
  • Stroke: 79.0 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1 - 10.0:1 Naturally Aspirated
  • Compression Ratio: 8.0:1 - 9.5:1 Turbo
  • Fuel Delivery multi point fuel injection


EJ25D Head Gasket Failure

The EJ25D has demonstrated leaking head gasket issues on occasion. This occurs during a lapse of cooling efficiency to corner of the cylinder heads. This is commonly attributed to incorrect coolant being introduced into the system. Since the release of the EJ25D, an updated gasket is available that is not prone to failure. There were two variations of the EJ25D sold in the US market. The engine was introduced in 1996 in the Legacy 2.5GT, LSi, and Legacy Outback. That version of the engine used HLA heads, was recommended to be run on 91 octane fuel, had lower power and torque ratings than the later '97-99 EJ25D, and was only offered with an automatic transmission. In 1997 a revised engine was introduced that used heads with shimmed bucket lifters (versus the HLAs), was designed to run on 87 octane fuel, and was available with either a manual or automatic transmission. Because of the DOHC valve architecture, the spark plugs are more difficult to service in comparison to SOHC variations. The DOHC engines are therefore installed with platinum spark plugs and an extended spark plug service life of 80,000 miles (128,747.5 km).

DOHC (1996) - SAE - 155 hp (116 kW) @ 5600 rpm
140 ft·lbf (190 N·m) at 2800 rpm
DOHC (1997–1999) - SAE - 165 hp (123 kW) @ 5600 rpm
162 ft·lbf (220 N·m) at 4000 rpm



Flat four EJ251

The EJ251 has externally leaking head gasket issues on occasion as the engine accumulates mileage over 100,000 miles (160,000 km). SOHC Intake volume is calculated by the use of a MAP sensor, unlike the EJ253 which uses a MAF sensor. Compression ratio is 10:1.

Power ISO: 123 kW (165 hp) @ 5600 RPM
226 N·m (167 ft·lbf) @ 4400 rpm


  • Impreza 2.5RS, 2.5TS 00-02 (US)
  • Impreza Outback Sport 00-02, 04 (US)
  • Forester 00-02 (US)
  • Legacy 00-01 (US, 4EAT)
  • Legacy 02-04 (US)
  • Outback 00-01 (US, 4EAT)
  • Outback 02-04 (US)
  • Baja 03-05 (US)


SOHC Power ISO 115 kW (156 hp)[citation needed]


  • Legacy/Outback 00 - 01 (5MT only)


SOHC - 165 hp (121 kW) @ 5600/rpm, 167 ft·lbf (226 N·m) torque @ 4400 rpm. Intake volume is regulated by use of a MAF sensor, unlike the EJ251 which is regulated by a MAP sensor. I-Active valves (VVL intake side) on 06+ models which have ISO 173 hp (129 kW) @ 5600 rpm, 166 ft·lbf (225 N·m) torque @ 4000 rpm. Compression ratio 10,0:1

  • Impreza 99, 03-07
  • Legacy, Outback (North America) 05-11
  • Legacy [BL/BP] 03-09 (Europe)
  • Legacy [BM/BR] 09-12 (Europe, with 123kW/167hp)
  • Outback 03-09 (Europe)
  • Forester 99 (SF), 05-10 (SG, SH)
  • Baja 05+
  • Saab 9-2x Linear 05, 06


 Non Turbo

2005–present - DOHC with 175 hp (130 kW)


  • Impreza RS 04+
  • Forester 04
  • Legacy Lancaster RHD 1999-2003


DOHC turbocharged, with sodium-filled valves originally designed for North American market, now sees usage in some European Imprezas and Legacies destined for Australia and South Africa. Power 210-265 hp

Usage in North America:

  • Impreza (WRX): 2006–2014
  • Forester XT: 2004–2013
  • Legacy GT: 2005–2012
  • Outback XT: 2005-2009
  • Baja XT: 2004 - 2006
  • SAAB 9-2X: 2006 only

Usage in the rest of the world:

  • Legacy/Outback: 2007–present
  • Impreza: 2005–present
  • Forester: 2005–2010


EJ257 engine

DOHC 16-valve turbo. Originally designed for the North American Impreza STI in 2004 with AVCS and DBW. The same shortblock as EJ255 except the EJ255 has a different domed piston vs the EJ257. The heads also have different components. Subaru of America designates the same part numbers for an EJ255 shortblock, and EJ257 shortblock with the exception of the pistons.


  • US Market Impreza WRX STi MY04~MY07 (300 hp, 293 hp (New SAE standard))
  • US Market Impreza WRX STI MY08~MY14 (305 hp (New SAE standard))
  • US Market Subaru Legacy/Subaru Outback MY05~MY06
  • Asian, European Market Impreza WRX STi 05~present (280 hp, 40KG/m)

Subaru Formula One Flat-12[edit]

In 1990 Subaru took over the Coloni Formula One team, acquiring a 51% ownership stake, paying off the team's debts, and supplying a new, unique engine. The engine was a flat-12 called the "MM" series, which in fact was penned by Carlo Chiti.

Chiti's Motori Moderni company at Novara had supplied V6 turbo engines for the Minardi Formula One team from 1985 to 1987, and in 1988 Chiti had penned a naturally aspirated V12 engine that attracted Subaru. In late 1988, the Japanese commissioned Chiti to design a new Formula One engine with a "flat" layout, as used in their road cars. The engine was completed in the summer of 1989, and was tested in a Minardi M188 chassis; due to a severe lack of power, Minardi lost interest. After a few months of searching, Subaru found the Coloni team. Eventually, the Subaru Coloni team was founded with Enzo Coloni staying on board as the man for operational business.

By the beginning of 1990, the Subaru flat engine was not producing more than 500 bhp, so the Coloni Subaru was by far the least competitive machine regularly competing in Formula One in 1990. Subaru and Chiti agreed to build a new V12 engine for summer 1990 together with a completely new chassis, but in the meantime the flat engine should be used by the Coloni Subaru Team in a carry-over chassis. Early in 1990, a handful of Enzo Coloni's mechanics worked on a single C3 and tried to put the Subaru engine in it. The work was not done until the day the FIA started shipping the Formula One material to Phoenix. In the pits at Phoenix, the car was assembled for the very first time, and a short private practice took place on a parking area of an American supermarket. On prequalification day of Phoenix the world saw Coloni's new model C3B which wore a white, red, and green livery. Without an airbox but with wide, long sidepods, it looked unusual, was overweight by 300 pounds and nearly impossible to handle. Bertrand Gachot, Coloni's new driver, was unable to prequalify the car at Phoenix or at any other event. As the season went on, improvements were few and results stayed nowhere. Meanwhile, no success could be seen at Coloni's plant in Perugia where obviously nobody worked seriously on a new car. In May, Enzo Coloni was sacked by Subaru, but no improvement came. In June, the Japanese company withdrew completely and sold the team back to Enzo Coloni, debt free, but with no sponsors and no engines. By the German Grand Prix Coloni had arranged a supply of Cosworth engines, prepared by Langford & Peck. An improved car also appeared in Germany. The new Coloni C3C was simply a 1989 C3 with minor changes in aerodynamics. The car was quicker, but not enough to achieve any serious results. Gachot was usually able to prequalify his car, but the main qualification was still out of reach. By the end of the season, Coloni had not taken part in a single Grand Prix.

Other Data[edit]

All the EJ series share compatibility and construction similarity and are 16 valved engines. The EJ series started with the EJ15, a 1.5 liter (SOHC) and makes ~90 hp, then the EJ16, a 1.6 litre single overhead cam (SOHC). Later followed by the EJ20, a 120 hp 2.0 litre single overhead cam and the EJ22, a 135 hp 2.2 litre single overhead cam. The EJ20 turbocharged version was developed with dual overhead cams, as well as non-turbo DOHC engines and DOHC twin-turbos. The EJ18 and EJ20 were most popular in Europe.

The SOHC EJ Subaru boxer engines were non-interference engines through 1993, run by a single timing belt driving both cams (both sides of the engine) and the water pump. Because they are non-interference engines, if the timing belt fails, the engine of the models up to 1993 will not be destroyed. The oil pump is driven directly from the crank shaft and the waterpump by the timing belt. All DOHC and 1998-up SOHC EJ engines are interference engines, if the timing belt fails the engine will likely be destroyed or the valves & piston will be heavily damaged.

All Subaru EJ engines have a 1-3-2-4 firing order.

Some of the 2005 and later Subaru vehicle Engines (especially the turbo charged engines) are using CAN (Controller Area Network) bus as their sole Vehicle/Vessel speed input channel, the CAN bus normally runs at 500K baud rate. When those ABS Speed signal are removed, the ECU will force the Engine running at limp home mode (engine cannot run over certain speed, maximum power and torque output are limited, and idle is not as stable as normal operation). This has posed some challenge for people who try to use the same automotive boxer 2.5L and 3.3L engines on Aerospace application, engine replacement for aged Subaru vehicles, and VW Vanagon modifications, etc.

The following table has details on a few of the commonly modified Subaru engines:

Block EJ205 EJ207 EJ255 EJ257 EJ257
Head Type US WRX SpecC US WRX US STI SpecC
Bore (mm) 92.0 92.0 99.5 99.5 99.5
Crank Stroke (mm) 75 75 79 79 79
Rod Length (mm) 130.43 130.43 130.43 130.43 130.43
Piston Pin Offset (mm) .3289 .3159 .3088 .3088 .3088
Deck Height (mm) 201 201 201 201 201
Gasket Thickness (mm) 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Head Volume (cc) 51 50 51 57 50
Piston Dish (cc) 12 8 22 22 22
Piston Deck (mm) 0.38 1.48 0.39 0.39 0.39
Total Quench Height (mm) 0.98 2.08 0.99 0.99 0.99
Total Quench Volume (cc) 8.51 13.83 7.70 7.70 7.70
Total Deck Volume 18.51 19.83 29.70 29.70 29.70
Swept Volume (cc) 498.57 498.57 614.28 614.28 614.28
Compresses Volume (cc) 89.51 89.83 80.70 86.70 79.70
Static Compression Ratio 8.17:1 8.14:1 8.61:1 8.09:1 8.71:1
Rod to Stroke Ratio 1.74 1.74 1.65 1.65 1.65
Engine Displacement (cc) 1994 1994 2457 2457 2457


Subaru 2.5-liter Turbo Boxer Engine won 'best engine' in the 2.0-2.5 litre category in both the 2006 and 2008 International Engine of the Year awards.[3]


  1. ^ Büschi, Hans-Ulrich, ed. (5 March 1998). Automobil Revue 1998 (in German/French) 93. Berne, Switzerland: Hallwag AG. p. 509. ISBN 3-444-10516-9. 
  2. ^ Automobil Revue 1998, p. 508
  3. ^ "Previous winners". Retrieved 2009-06-30. 


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