Leaked images show what appear to be the replacement for the Subaru WRX STI
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26 March 2013

A French blog has published what it claims to be images of the Subaru WRX Concept, ahead of an expected reveal at the New York motor show tomorrow. 

The high-quality illustrations show a car with strong visual connections to the Subaru Impreza WRX, with a pronounced bonnet scoop and a square front grille. The thick-set wings appear to be inspired by the later Impreza WRX STI hatchback.

Other external features include a rear diffuser, four exhaust tailpipes and the blue paintwork evocative of Subaru’s WRC cars.

Large wheels hide what appear to be six-piston callipers, finished in yellow – another Subaru WRC hallmark. The WRX badges are in the same colour.

There is no word on technical specification, but online reports suggest a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine could be fitted, producing up to 300bhp. Such an engine is likely to be an evolution of the unit fitted to the current WRX STI, still sold in markets outside of the UK.

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26 March 2013

Would be popular in the UK.

 

26 March 2013

If it looks anything like this it would be a big step forward.

MrJ

27 March 2013

Not pretty, but better than anything from Soob for a long time.

27 March 2013

The last Impreza (The hatch) was pretty much universally accepted as being ugly, and as you'd expect the sales sufferred (Compared with the slightly chavvy but much nicer looking Impreza saloons of old).

Now this new Subaru looks much better, and has the potential to sell very well in the UK (Compared to the ugly hatch at least). However reports say that the new Impreza wont be sold in the UK at all due to poor sales of the ugly version!

Subaru have got it totally wrong. They've interpreted the poor sales of the current ugly version as there not being a market for such a car int he UK, but the truth is that there is a strong market , its just that no-one likes the current Impreza. Release a nicer one and people will buy it.

27 March 2013

Clearly, this rendering bases the new WRX on the BZR.

The higher bonnet line is clearly designed to house the turbo unit needed to give that engine some more grunt.  Overall the effect is agressive but still good looking, if not as elegant as the base model.

This is the sort of car Subaru desperately need to seperate themselves from the GT86.

 

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 March 2013

hope it looks like this when they bring it out thought!

27 March 2013

Looks great!

27 March 2013

That would be a clever use of the shared car with Toyota, if they have the right to do that then maybe also Toyota can do a different version of their car too.

 

27 March 2013

They say they'd like their front grille back.

27 March 2013

Assuming this looks anything like the car that comes to market: A recent Subaru that doesn't look like crap. Maybe they need to realise that they could re-kindle their UK market with something someone might actually want to buy.

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