Originally Posted by Vormund
The engine is longitudinal isn't it? Why can't they push the wheels further forward?
Yes, it is; And the problem is teh same as with Audi, as the engine in a longitudinal/FWD car needs to sit infront of the axle (unlike traverse, where it can sit on top basically), as the drive shats connect to the differential behind the gear box, which is behind the engine; so all that goes in front.
Subaru though is in theroy slightly better of (however, not making visual use of it), as it is an opposed horizontal "Boxer", so just 2 cylinders per bank long, unlike say an Audi 4 cylinder or V8, that is double the length in the numbers of cylinders per bank (thus also the need there for the otherwise not offeirng any advatages W12)