Subaru WRX Concept – NY Times – Ruge’s Subaru

30 Mar
By JIM MOTAVALLI
Subaru WRX Concept.

Introduced on Thursday, March 28, 2013: Subaru WRX Concept

What is it? A design exercise strongly suggesting the next-generation WRX road warrior, which Subaru hinted could be shown this year.

Is it real? Not the actual show car, which had blacked-out windows and no interior. But it’s very real in terms of predicting a lower, wider and more aggressive-looking WRX. Subaru said that at least some elements of the concept car would be seen in the production version.

What they said: “It’s a glimpse into the future of a new WRX that is at once powerful and elegantly styled,” said Thomas J. Doll, chief operating officer of Subaru of America.

What they didn’t say: The WRX Concept is right out of the “Fast and Furious” movies, which have probably sold a lot of Japanese pocket rockets. The concept is intended to help you focus on Subaru’s history of rally car victories and forget about the connection to utilitarian Imprezas.

What makes it tick? Intended for the next WRX is a turbocharged 2-liter engine, a variation on the power plant in the Forester 2.0XT.

How much? How soon? A production-intent WRX might be seen this year, and pricing is a long way off.

How does it look? For a company hardly known for styling innovation, this is a big departure, with some nods to the BRZ sports car. The WRX Concept is something like a customizer’s dream, with a matte black full-length carbon fiber roof, huge quad tailpipes, steeply raked rear window, fluorescent yellow brake calipers, big ventilation scoops cut into the front fenders and what Subaru calls “a pronounced power bulge” to clear the turbocharged engine and intercooler. It’s a very macho look over all. A set of prominent ribs hanging off the back of the car isn’t there just to look cool — it’s actually a rear diffuser to improve aerodynamics.

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