This year, Subaru celebrates the 50th anniversary of its famous burbling horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engine, so called due to the engine’s pistons that resemble the punch-counterpunch motion of a boxer’s fists.

Subaru’s signature Boxer engine was first introduced on the Subaru 1000 on the 14th May 1966. Since then, Subaru has maximised the advantages of its Boxer engines and continuously enhanced them to power its vehicles to this day.

50th anniversary Subaru Boxer engine

Today, every vehicle sold by Subaru is fitted with a Boxer engine*, with total production over the last 50 years topping a whopping 16 million units.

To celebrate this special half-century, Japfest Rock is putting on a rather special best of the Boxer display at Rockingham Speedway on the 26th June.

Already confirmed for the display is a brand new WRX STi from Subaru UK, Jake ‘Wrecking Ball’ Archer’s fire-spitting Gymkhana spec Impreza STi and some rare as rocking horse poop models such as the Subaru Brat and SVX. So don’t miss it!


Got a special Subaru and want to be part of the display? Please send your submissions to and title your e-mail ‘Boxer display’.

*excludes OEM-supplied mini vehicles in Japan