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Bring it On: Subaru WRX Concept Premieres at the New York Auto Show [w/Video]


Subaru is finally contemplating what every sensible gearhead has been telling both Subaru and Mitsubishi to do with their excellent Impreza WRX / STI and Lancer Evolution models, respectively, for decades now: keep their dynamic characteristics and dress them in a unique body that has nothing in common with their mainstream models.

While Mitsubishi is still thinking what to do with the EVO series in general, Subaru is showing us what it has in store for us with the next generation WRX, and its more powerful STi sibling, with the world premiere of the all-new WRX Concept car at the New York International Auto Show.

The study adopts a body style that most carmakers like to call a "four-door coupe", adorned with all the aggressive details one would expect from a WRX model (with a hint of Lancer EVO, some might say) like the powerbulge on the hood, muscular wheel arches that make room for the 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in 245/40ZR20 Dunlop rubber and a prominent rear diffuser. Only now, all these elements look natural and not planted like on the Impreza models.

The study measures 178.0 inches (4,521mm) long, 74.4 inches (1,889mm) wide and 54.7 inches (1,389mm) tall, which makes it slightly shorter, lower and wider than the Impreza Mk4 sedan. Its wheelbase is also significantly longer at 108.7 inches (2,761mm) compared to the Impreza's at 104.1 inches (2,644mm).

Subaru said that the pronounced powerbulge "provides clearance for the new turbocharged engine and intercooler", but other than that, it provided no other details about the WRX's powertrain.

In addition and always according to the Japanese carmaker, "to further improve handling dynamics, the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT features a carbon-fiber roof to enhance the already low center of gravity and reduce weight."

The when and how the WRX will transform from concept to a production model, is something that we will also have to wait and find out, as Subaru's primary goal with the study is to gauge consumer reaction.


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31 Comments:

bonzomatic said... »March 28, 2013

Why not make it a coupe since it's a standalone model?

SgtBeavis said... »March 28, 2013

That car is sex on wheels.. WANT!!

Spencer samios said... »March 28, 2013

WRC concept carscoops? You mean WRX?

SomeRandomCommenter said... »March 28, 2013

I haven't liked a Subaru as much as this one in a long time.

Dan Facciolo said... »March 28, 2013

W-R-SEX?

AstonMartin said... »March 28, 2013

Styled like a Jr. four door GTR - I like it. Subaru should race to bring this vehicle to market.

SgtBeavis said... »March 28, 2013

I'd up vote your reply more if I could (^_^)

Vassilis said... »March 28, 2013

Those front arches, so much like GTR's! Looks pretty nice though overall!

absolut_Sabs said... »March 28, 2013

Somebody say Impreza?

Catalin said... »March 28, 2013

Because it looks like a sexy coupe already. Why not make it practical too ? It will attract way more customers (including me :) ).

loobooger said... »March 28, 2013

very very nice, amazing, but its not Subaru... sorry.

Yoyo said... »March 28, 2013

Actually Subaru made it. So yes, it is.

Yoyo said... »March 28, 2013

I so much agree with you. 2 doors all the way. All day. Everyday.

Yoyo said... »March 28, 2013

Does every freakin' car have to be practical? This is a sports car. Go buy the normal WRX with 4 doors and leave the unpractical types to buy the damn two door bad ass WTI coupe. Go buy an SUV while you're at it.

Yoyo said... »March 28, 2013

This should be a two door all day, everyday.

topgearLA said... »March 28, 2013

WRXXX

Josh said... »March 28, 2013

What's wrong with a sports car being practical? They are few and far between. I drive a coupe and although I love it unfortunately the practicality just isn't there. This WRX would be appealing to many people because of the 4 doors. Sometimes I'm against 4 doors but this design works well and still looks like a coupe.

Josh said... »March 28, 2013

I just spent an hour looking at these 76 images + video in detail. I like the silver mirrors with integrated indicators, carbon fiber roof, led lights, and the way the front fog led lights also include the indicator rather than having it in the main headlight assembly. The 20" wheels probably won't make it into production but we can dream. The door handles are always an issue. I hope the production model doesn't have them bulging out and keep it looking somewhat like the concept. It would be neat if they could pop out to open when you touch them (when transmitter is in range). I hope the aggressive look doesn't change in it's transition to production. I would have loved to see this concept at the Melbourne Motor Show (now cancelled for 2013).

cashifyer said... »March 29, 2013

SUBARU I SALUTE YOU! BRAVO!

500normal said... »March 29, 2013

I personally hate it. I appreciated how the older wrx's everything looks "planted" on or shoved in at the last moment. It had the feel of being hand - designed, and not generated by 3d software such as this. This car also looks like a PONTIAC ... which has no rally heritage. I dont see this car being part of the rally circuit, and thats why i liked subaru, it was like a rally car without the stickers --- and yes I understand i need to move with the times :-)....just my opinion

aaronbbrown said... »March 29, 2013

It looks good, a bit Toyota-ish, but sharp and mostly original.


But what matters for a WRX sti is performance. It better have a +350 hp engine, preferably twin turbo, improvements to the all-wheel-drive and suspension systems, and be able to get to 60 mph in 4.3 sec or better.

Josh said... »March 29, 2013

I agree. If this car didn't have a badge it would be hard to know what it is although the hood scoop gives it away. But this is probably a good thing. It would have been a lot less restrictive for the Subaru design team. They didn't have to stick to specific design trademarks. It's really a new beginning for the WRX brand.

Josh said... »March 29, 2013

Hopefully this will be in the WRC. There were talks of later having an Sti version so maybe they will get back into rally?

Catalin said... »March 30, 2013

Yeah, I just don't know why BMW built the M5 and the M3 sedan. All the people need 2-door sports cars, while everyone else should get a 320d.

Chris said... »March 31, 2013

I've been a Subaru fan since the first WRX in 1994, but I can honestly say that they have lost their way since the 2000 model. The last of the the truly great WRX's. All of the rexes since then have been americanised and dulled down to please the masses. I recently purchased a VW Golf GTI as I have become very disenchanted with the Subaru brand in general. I'm hoping they don't rape this car before it's production happens because it looks like such a great step in the right direction and one that should have been taken many years ago!

sstvp said... »March 31, 2013

This is the 2015 Legacy. I want one.

Punkrocker said... »April 01, 2013

Please keep the green accents!

Josh said... »April 01, 2013

Aren't they yellow?

โปรบีบีวันทูคอล said... »April 08, 2013

It makes my heart dissolve.

Naran said... »April 13, 2013

Great new body, like to see it make it to production as is with 100bhp more power and 100lb/ft torque!

lacutis2012 lacutis said... »April 19, 2013

They have nothing to loose by making this...just make it dammit...the only trajectory for Subaru is UP...

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