The 2.0-Litre Subaru EJ20 Flat-Four Has Been Axed

Subaru has released early details of a run-out special edition to celebrate the end of the legendary EJ20 engine’s time as the much-loved heart of the Impreza and WRX STI.
The 2.0-Litre Subaru EJ20 Flat-Four Has Been Axed

The Subaru EJ20 is no more. The engine, which has been in service since the late 1980s, powered everything from the 1989 Legacy RS to recent Japanese market specials like the 324bhp WRX STI Type RA-R. It even powered race versions.

Characterful, responsive and hard-edged, the EJ20 has a unique character defined partly by its 1-3-2-4 firing order and longer exhaust manifolds on two of the cylinders. The noise of a Subaru EJ is still unique today, which, as we approach industry-wide electrification, pretty much guarantees it will remain unique forever.

The 2.0-Litre Subaru EJ20 Flat-Four Has Been Axed

The run-out special for the discontinued boxer will be called the WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition. It will be blue, with an appropriately massive rear wing and BBS gold wheels. As for power, we don’t know yet but the styling is said to be a fairly understated affair when compared to the likes of the S209, so power is probably likely to stay in the traditional – and now outmoded – 280-300bhp range.

It will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on 24 October, where we’ll no doubt find out more. Get ready to say your goodbyes, though. EJ20, we’ll miss you.



PLOT TWIST It’ll be a Subaru special edition that ISN’T Japan only.

We can be hopeful, right?

09/27/2019 - 09:33 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I mean Subaru sold the Type RA, Raiu, S209 in USA

09/29/2019 - 05:36 |
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09/27/2019 - 10:03 |
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The EJ20 died out in our market many years ago (2004) and was replaced with the EJ25 which is in use to this day.
Time will tell what happens to the current STI though.

09/27/2019 - 10:53 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I imagine the EJ25 isn’t long for this world either since there’s the 2.4L flat four turbo that’s used in the Ascent

09/27/2019 - 11:26 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

current STi was discontinued in Europe a while ago

09/27/2019 - 18:34 |
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Latest news: Subaru is becoming a Toyota subsidiary

09/27/2019 - 11:50 |
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Mikey Thomas

Well, at least we beat the Evo…

09/27/2019 - 13:26 |
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Matthew Henderson

I’m confused… does this mean they won’t make 2.0-litre F4s any more? Will they continue making 2.5-litre F4s? Will they make a new range of 2.0-litre F4s that are better (e.g. more economical or better for the environment) than the EJ20? Beacuse I can’t imagine a Subie being built without an F4…

09/27/2019 - 14:57 |
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That engine already exists, the FA20 in the current WRX, and the FA24 used in other new Subaru models might replace the EJ257 that is currently used in the STI

09/27/2019 - 18:51 |
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09/28/2019 - 07:15 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Shutup hoe

09/28/2019 - 16:40 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

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10/01/2019 - 05:14 |
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White Comet

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10/01/2019 - 19:35 |
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RIP to such a legendary engine… hopefully the new F series engines can live up to its predecessor.

10/01/2019 - 21:08 |
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