Improved version of rally icon will be at next week's New York motor show
31 March 2010

Subaru has revealed a wide-bodied version of the Impreza WRX at the New York motor show.

The car has been inspired by the original Subaru Impreza WRX STI and is available as a four-door saloon and a five-door hatch; it will go on sale in the US this summer, but Subaru hasn’t yet confirmed whether the car will make it to the UK.

See pics of the wide-bodied Subaru Impreza WRX

The new model has had its front and rear tracks widened by around 38mm and has been designed to look as 'wide and low' as possible. Subaru has also made subtle styling revisions to its front wings, bumpers and wheel arches to contribute to this more purposeful stance.

Other additions include a new front splitter and blacked-out fog lamps and headlights. The changes have lowered the car’s drag coefficient, but added around 15kg to the car’s kerb weight.

Powering all four wheels is a turbocharged 261bhp, 244lb ft version of Subaru’s 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine. It is mated to a five-speed manual ‘box. It features a centre-locking differential, which splits torque 50/50 between the front and rear wheels.

Tom Doll, executive vice-president of Subaru America, said, “The new wide-body designs mark another major step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel-drive performance package.”

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23 March 2010

So... do we take from this that the powers that be at Subaru think that it just wasn't ugly enough?

23 March 2010

[quote pdmc]So... do we take from this that the powers that be at Subaru think that it just wasn't ugly enough?[/quote]

I think you can take it that they've realised that having the WRX as a plain body was a daft idea. Previous WRXs were like a mini-STi. Still rally inspired looks, but with less hardcore drive train. But, one of the best kept secrets of the previous WRXs was that you could put in the Prodrive Performance pack, and alter the spings, and have a car which was simply terrific and would give a standard STi a run for it's money.

As for this, funny how it's a saloon? Wouldn't Subaru UK have been better served to have given us a saloon version?

But, I've done enough Subaru bashing in the past about the hatchback because it's simply not as good as the one I had before for a variety of reasons. I just want to see Subaru return to form, this could be a small step in that direction.

23 March 2010

Hmmm, whilst the WRX was never a looker I reckon the saloon is good step in the right direction.

Has there always been a saloon and the powers that be decided that the UK didn't need it? I'm curious because I can definitely see a bit of the E-series in it.

I'm with Symanski on this one. If this marks a return to form best then great, lets have it over here please :)

23 March 2010

Thankfully they have brought back the Saloon.

23 March 2010

[quote iain welford]

Has there always been a saloon and the powers that be decided that the UK didn't need it? I'm curious because I can definitely see a bit of the E-series in it.

[/quote]

There has always been a saloon , but without the wide arches it looks pretty rough.

This looks a bit more like it.

23 March 2010

For such a sporting car it has a huge amount of space between the wheel and wheel arch or dare I say it, 'the wheels are not big enough'.

23 March 2010

Just from a looks point of view, its much better than the hatch we get. I know thats not saying much, as it couldnt look worse or less appealing. Very sad when i think of the Subarus of old which were quite nicely styled.

They should bring it to the UK though, at least give us the choice. I dont understand why decissions like this not to bring it here are made. It comes out of the same factory, would go on the same boat the brings the hatch, so why not let us choose?

23 March 2010

If they can improve the interior and match it to the price then why not?

Peter Cavellini.

23 March 2010

[quote Symanski]But, one of the best kept secrets of the previous WRXs was that you could put in the Prodrive Performance pack, and alter the spings, and have a car which was simply terrific and would give a standard STi a run for it's money.[/quote]

Couldn't agree more, I had a 5-door in black which could outdrive almost anything else on the road. Great fun, but certainly not bought for its looks.

23 March 2010

Another beauty from Subaru. How do they do it? Or, more importantly, why?

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