Sure, a decent GM 505 hp LS7 engine would be a great fit. AND FUN.
The fuel efficient Subaru engine is the reason for programmed shift points. For a CVT to satisfy you, the engine needs more power. If Subarus had that kind of power, CVTs wouldn't even need programmed shift points because the engine would have the torque to accelerate quickly to whatever the driver demands. But because Subaru wants to market a fuel efficient car, they have to build the CVT with shift points for those of us who want to get up and go faster. Subaru is giving us the best of both worlds, economy and power. It's just comes at the cost of those annoying shift points. Those same shift points that other car manufacturers provide with automatic transmissions.
I do agree with you though, the problem isn't the engine, its your heavy foot. Ease back a bit and you won't feel those annoying shift points. Rubberbanding maybe, but not the shift points.
You are mixing up the elements of my posts with those of other folks. It’s OK though, I’m not offended, as this is just chat for me. No hard feelings either way. I’m certain we are posting here because we enjoy our vehicles or at least posting about them.
I happen to appreciate the simulated shift points, but seldom feel them in the 3.6. I didn’t have them on my 2014 Forester 2.5i (it didn’t even have paddles) and the 2015 FXTT didn’t have simulated shift points either, except in S# mode, which was different anyway.
I don’t have technical knowledge about the mechanics of the various CVTs I have owned in my vehicles or otherwise driven, just whether the drivetrain was responsive and felt good to drive. Most have not for reasons already mentioned. I personally don’t give a hoot whether some Subaru owners are happy with a drivetrain I loathe, I just want one I like.
Truthfully, other than the folks that tend to post on these forums, the average Subaru driver I meet while waiting at the dealer showroom during service visits doesn’t have a clue about any of the stuff we are arguing about. They don’t know what a “flat six” or “flat four” is or what a CVT might be. Not a vague clue. They just want a pleasant, safe, and long lasting driving experience. I know because I have made casual conversation numerous times about their vehicles mechanical qualities and gotten blank looks almost every time. They hardly could find the oil dip stick or check the air in their tires unless they consulted the owners manual. And, that’s pretty normal, I would imagine. It’s us who post here that are somewhat abnormal.
And, high horsepower isn’t the answer to everything. The finest and most fun vehicle I have ever owned was a modestly powered 2013 Mazda Miata GT with a retractable hard top and a wonderfully slick manual.