New Subaru WRX Concept Breaks From Impreza Roots

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onMarch 28th, 2013


The latest generation of WRX and STi broke from the Impreza moniker but carried on with a similar design. The new WRX Concept revealed today at the New York International Auto Show is extremely effective at completing the separation. Flared fenders, giant front grill, over-sized hood scoop and a squat stance all make this new concept the most aggressive Subaru I’ve ever seen and is certainly a departure from the economy commuter of the Impreza. I could keep listing the changes like the LED head and taillights, quad exhaust and cross-drilled rotors but there’s so many of them that it’s best if you just look for yourself.

In terms of performance, the aggressively curved rear trunk lid also acts a spoiler, while a carbon fiber roof further lowers the already rock-bottom center of gravity. Subaru also hinted that the vehicle would have a new turbocharged engine but didn’t have more details than that.

Subaru hasn’t given us any specs to dwell on, but that’s probably for the best. We’d likely be disappointed if and when a production version comes out and doesn’t live up to those expectations. As is always the case, hopes are high that the production version will be at least 80% true to the concept. Unfortunately, we don’t have any idea when that will be as Subaru wouldn’t tell us when we could expect an update on the production version.

Ah well. Browse the gallery and join us in crossing our fingers that more information hits sooner than later.



When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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