Subaru WRX Concept: The Future Is Bright… and Blue [Video]
The current Subaru WRX has been around since 2007. Which means, it’s about due for a next generation, especially since the gen-four Subaru Impreza hit showrooms in 2011. So, it’s a good thing the Subaru lifted the veil on the Subaru WRX Concept yesterday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
At this point, the WRX Concept is strictly shown a design study that is long on looks and short on facts. Subaru did give us a few tantalizing hints at its performance. First off, the roof is made of carbon fiber, thus lowering the center of gravity and bettering performance in the corners. This meshes well with the 20-inch BBS wheels shod with super sticky 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires and the traditional all-wheel-drive setup. Powering the car is an all new turbo boxer engine. The quad tailpipes suggest there may be some big power under the massive hood scoop.
The dimensions of the WRX Concept (178.0 inches long x 74.4 inched wide x 54.7 inches tall, wheelbase: 108.7 inches) are pretty much the same as the current model. However, with the rear fender flare beginning on the rear door, the whole car looks a bit sleeker and coupe-ier. The LED lighting looks good, but I can’t quite see where you would mount the rally lamps.
All in all, this is a gorgeous car. I truly hope Subaru gives it performance to match the looks and doesn’t stray too far from the concept with their forthcoming production WRX. I also hope Mitsubishi is paying very close attention because if this is the new WRX, the Evolution XI has its work cut out for it. Be sure to check out the official Subaru video below.
March 28, 2013
THE ALL-NEW SUBARU WRX CONCEPT DEBUTS AT THE 2013 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
• SUBARU WRX CONCEPT hints at next generation WRX design language
• Focus is on sharp handling, AWD grip and turbo power
New York – Subaru of America, Inc. today unveiled the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT at the 2013 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The design concept hints at the design language of the next generation WRX.
The bold and muscular design emphasizes turbocharged power and AWD grip in a more agile and athletic form. The SUBARU WRX CONCEPT blends the WRX’s famous power and road-holding prowess with an even greater focus on sharp handling, steering and communicative chassis. To further improve handling dynamics, the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT features a carbon-fiber roof to enhance the already low center of gravity and reduce weight.
Considerably lower, sleeker and wider, the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT delivers even more street presence than previous generations of WRX. The new grille design is larger and bolder and sets off the classic WRX hood scoop. A pronounced powerbulge provides clearance for the new turbocharged engine and intercooler. A prominent hexagonal grille form and deep lower valences with air intakes are designed to enhance aerodynamics, add downforce and aid engine cooling.
The three dimensional mesh pattern of the grille denotes the sporting nature of the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT and sets the Subaru star cluster apart, while the new hawk-eye headlights integrate the Subaru family design heritage.
A sharp character line runs from the front corner through to the taillights, intersected by the boldly flared wheel arches emphasizing the Subaru’s AWD system. The compact cabin greenhouse draws attention to the power and solidity of the body and focuses attention to wide stance that provides a visual link between body and chassis.
The rear design echoes the hexagonal design motif from the front grille and features a dramatically curved trunk lid that also acts as a rear spoiler. The distinctive wide rear bumper of the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT adds to the powerful street presence of the car and is off-set by large quad tailpipes denoting the powerful turbocharged engine. The aggressive rear diffuser improves vehicles aerodynamics.
The all-new SUBARU WRX CONCEPT features a new paint color, “WR Blue Pearl III”, which modernizes the iconic WRX look. Fluorescent Yellow is used as an accent on the WRX badge on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers, adding character notes to the design.
Filling out the broad fenders are BBS “RI-D” One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels and featuring 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires with an exclusive tread pattern.
(Overall Length x Width x Height): (178.0in x 74.4in x 54.7in ), Wheelbase: (108.7 in.)
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.