For several years, Subaru's WRX series was closely linked to the Impreza. However, since the Impreza's last overhaul, the WRX seems to have abandoned the tradition; it has kept the lines of the Impreza's previous generation. We got to see the future lines of the series when Subaru exhibited the WRX concept at the New York Auto Show. In fact, the car's production could very well begin immediately. This newest version will focus on ultra precise handling, the legendary Subaru AWD grip and the power of a turbocharged engine.
The concept's low, wide and aggressive looking figure suggests sharp handling, agility and high performance. In addition to the famous WRX power, this concept relies on an improved manoeuvrability through a responsive chassis. Further improving handling, the Subaru WRX concept is equipped with a carbon fibre roof panel, reducing body weight and enhance the low centre of gravity.
The black mesh hexagonal grille design is wider and bolder and sits below the hood scoop. This opening allows clearance for the turbo and the air cooler while aiding aerodynamics, help to cool the engine and add downforce. The Subaru six-star badge is prominently displayed in the centre of the grille and the "hawk eye" headlights are like those of the BRZ sports coupe. The curved trunk lid acts as a spoiler, while the look is balanced by quad exhaust tips. The exhaust tips, brake callipers and badgering are an eye catching electric yellow.
A new variant of World Rally Blue paint colour is premiered on the Subaru WRX concept, called WR Blue Pearl III. The patch is accentuated with WRX fluorescent yellow, just like the brake callipers and exhaust tips. It rides on 20-inch BBS RI-D one-piece forged duralumin wheels that are shod with 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires.
No sale date has been announced yet, but expect an announcement sooner rather than later.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca
Original text by Christian Gagnon - (Un prototype pour Subaru: la WRX Concept)