What Is It?
Subaru WRX Concept
What's Special About It?
Quietly, we've all been worrying about the future of the Subaru WRX and WRX STI. The Impreza got a redesign and became its own model line. Then, the BRZ ushered in a new kind of performance that's more about handling precision than raw acceleration. Would there still be room for powerful, all-wheel-drive rally cars in Subaru's lineup, especially now that the automaker no longer competes in the WRC?
Today at the 2013 New York Auto Show, we got an answer. And it's the one we wanted.
Company officials offered no hard details on the Subaru WRX Concept other than its basic dimensions. And we hesitate to put much stock even in those. The wheelbase on the concept is 108.7 inches, which is over 5 inches more than the current production car's wheelbase. We have no doubt the next-generation WRX and WRX STI will be larger, but doubt they'll grow quite this much.
More than anything else, the Subaru WRX Concept is a statement from Subaru's designers. This is an early look at the angles, curves and contours you might see on the eventual production car.
It's hard to imagine the carbon-fiber hood making the cut, unless exotic materials costs seriously come down, but the scooped hood definitely isn't for show. "A pronounced power bulge provides clearance for the new turbocharged engine and intercooler," the company notes.
As for the 20-inch BBS wheels, well, they're too large for our tastes, but there's still an incredible amount of sidewall with the showcar's 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires.
What Edmunds Says:
Chances are good that we'll get more details on the next-generation Subaru WRX and WRX STI this November at the Tokyo auto show.
Length: 178 inches
Width: 74.4 inches
Height: 54.7 inches
Wheelbase: 108.7 inches