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Old 03-28-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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News Subaru WRX Concept Makes NY Debut



WRX Concept Shows Big Changes for 2015 Model
By Ryan Douthit, Subiesport

For more photos and the big picture, see the original article.

What you’re looking at here is a Concept version of what could be the next WRX. Not an Impreza WRX, because the car you see here, and going forward, has even less in common with the Impreza than the 2012 model did – though, yes, if you dig down to the basic unibody it is still built on the same core chassis.

If you wanted proof of just how serious Subaru is about performance with this next WRX just look at the roof: It’s carbon fiber to keep the center of gravity as low as possible. Overall the car is lower, sleeker and wider than even the outgoing widebody model. Like all previous WRX’s this new model will feature a turbo-charged boxer engine with a top-mount intercooler. Performance specs aren’t yet known, but our guess will be 280-320hp for the WRX (not the STI). But keep in mind, that’s only a guess based on rumors.


The colors should seem familiar. A base coat of “World Rally Blue Pearl III” along with trendy fluorescent yellow trim, as a nod to the WRX’s World Rally Championship heritage.

The concept also features BBS “RD-D” one-piece forged wheels wrapped in 245/40R20 Dunlop tires with an “exclusive tread pattern” and more of that fluorescent yellow. (You’d almost think Ken Block was still onboard with the Subaru Rally Team given his penchant for neon.)

Looking at what numbers we do have, it is clear this WRX is intent on blazing a new performance trail. The new car loses two-inches of its length (178-inches), is almost four inches wider (74.4-inches), and – get this – the new car drops four inches of stature to 54.7 when compared to the 2012/2013 model. Finally, the wheelbase extends a massive five inches to 108.7. (The 2012 WRX 4-door sedan measured 180.3-inches in length, 70.70-inches in width, 58.1-inches in height with a 103.3-inch wheelbase.)

For more photos and the big picture, see the original article. Subaru also announced a Hybrid XV Crosstrek.

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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I think it looks nasty, definitely different than the previous gens, but its a nice refresh.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:58 AM   #3
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Wait, does this mean my bugeye is now a classic?

I like the look of this new one. It's about time the WRX was a dedicated model, like what they did with the Outback. I admit that I'll miss some of the hooliganism of the original; there was something so fun about having a production sports car that was really a hopped up commuter car. But it seems our bratty little boy has finally grown up. I could see someone purchasing this over an M3 (not that I personally wouldn't have had an STi hatch over an M3, but many didn't like the boy-rallye-racer charm).
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:23 PM   #4
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http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2...w-stopper.html

heres another article.
figured i'd just post it here instead of making the 20th thread for this lol..pics from NY
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #5
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Been waiting for this announcement for over 1.5 years!! Definitely looks better than the impreza-based mule photos we saw from last year! I doubt all that stuff will come with the production model: 20" rims? huge brakes? LED headlights & taillights? carbon fiber roof? As long as they keep true to roots of why people like the WRX (value for money) and keep the base price under 30k.

Rear looks oddly like a 6-series BMW, not sure if I like it. Need a higher-angle shot of how the rear glass looks. Also the Scion tC propotions while having 4 doors is kinda odd. They should just make it a 2-door and offer a 5door hatch later.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #6
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Been waiting for this announcement for over 1.5 years!! Definitely looks better than the impreza-based mule photos we saw from last year! I doubt all that stuff will come with the production model: 20" rims? huge brakes? LED headlights & taillights? carbon fiber roof? As long as they keep true to roots of why people like the WRX (value for money) and keep the base price under 30k.

Rear looks oddly like a 6-series BMW, not sure if I like it. Need a higher-angle shot of how the rear glass looks. Also the Scion tC propotions while having 4 doors is kinda odd. They should just make it a 2-door and offer a 5door hatch later.
thats why they made the brz
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:36 AM   #7
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Been waiting for this announcement for over 1.5 years!! Definitely looks better than the impreza-based mule photos we saw from last year! I doubt all that stuff will come with the production model: 20" rims? huge brakes? LED headlights & taillights? carbon fiber roof? As long as they keep true to roots of why people like the WRX (value for money) and keep the base price under 30k.

Rear looks oddly like a 6-series BMW, not sure if I like it. Need a higher-angle shot of how the rear glass looks. Also the Scion tC propotions while having 4 doors is kinda odd. They should just make it a 2-door and offer a 5door hatch later.
There is no way this will be under 30k. It looks like an audi for Christ's sake I personally hate the look of this. but reading the article, they pointed out it is only the "wrx" and not the "impreza wrx," so I feel that Subaru might pull something slick and keep last generation alive.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:11 AM   #8
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There is no way this will be under 30k. It looks like an audi for Christ's sake I personally hate the look of this. but reading the article, they pointed out it is only the "wrx" and not the "impreza wrx," so I feel that Subaru might pull something slick and keep last generation alive.
my understanding is that they're dropping the name "impreza" from "impreza wrx" to differentiate it from the imprezas and give the WRX their own line.

i dont think there will be a "wrx" version of the current impreza.
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:48 PM   #9
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Subaru takes 2 of the top 5 spots in the Auto show Buzz index

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:06 PM   #10
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my understanding is that they're dropping the name "impreza" from "impreza wrx" to differentiate it from the imprezas and give the WRX their own line.

i dont think there will be a "wrx" version of the current impreza.
Already happened. Current WRX is a WRX, not an Impreza WRX... Not that it matters, really.

I just wonder whether they used the Impreza Chassis, or stretched out the BRZ one...
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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Looks pretty sick! Looks kind of like the brz and '11-13 wrx got together and had a baby. lol. Anyhow i'm curious to see the upgrades for the sti model and the cost for both.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:53 PM   #12
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Looks pretty sick! Looks kind of like the brz and '11-13 wrx got together and had a baby. lol. Anyhow i'm curious to see the upgrades for the sti model and the cost for both.

EDIT: That grille has to go!
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #13
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It kind of looks like an XJ to me, but obviously very good looking. Subaru cars aren't known for being beautify designed normally, but the concept looks nice. I hope if makes it intact.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #14
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Sickkkkkk! I love it!!
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #15
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Finally, some 20's.

It looks expensive, but Ill take one.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:54 PM   #16
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Finally, some 20's.

It looks expensive, but Ill take one.
I was thinking the same exact things
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #17
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i really like it, it's got me amped up. I can't wait to get all the performance specs.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:36 PM   #18
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The rear diffuser and exhaust tips make it look like a GTR
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:41 PM   #19
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The main question at hand is with the front wheels that far foward, how are they keeping this AWD? Or will the new WRX be RWD?

You can't add four inches of wheelbase and drop 4 inches of overall length and keep anything close to the current drivetrain configuration of having the front axles behind the engine...

Let the speculation begin.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:45 PM   #20
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:13 PM   #21
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You know, I like it! Like the color, wheels, front end, and the fact it is lower and wider, as well as longer in the wheelbase. Hope this translates to more leg room in the rear seats!
To me, this car was built with a purpose, and I think Subaru hit a homer!
This is, hopefully, the production model, with, maybe a tweak here and there, if needed. 280-320 HP? Yeah, works for me!
I just wish they had shown the interior to get an idea what the setup will be.
Now, drop that motor in a BRZ, and the fun will begin!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:08 AM   #22
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The main question at hand is with the front wheels that far foward, how are they keeping this AWD? Or will the new WRX be RWD?

You can't add four inches of wheelbase and drop 4 inches of overall length and keep anything close to the current drivetrain configuration of having the front axles behind the engine...

Let the speculation begin.
Really worried that the front-end proportions won't make it to production because of the symmetrical AWD. Pushing the front axle forward is probably the biggest reason why this concept looks so good.

A BMW with a straight six also has about two cylinders ahead of the front axle, so we'll see...
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:15 AM   #23
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Looks fantastic.

Now show me the hatch STI version and I'll sell my kidney, and the kidneys of everyone on this forum to buy one!
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:56 PM   #24
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eh
glad I just picked up my 2013 sti instead of waiting.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:57 PM   #25
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i love the lights, im sure it will change but that back door is placed so high. i feel like anyone who trys to get in will end up kicking the side skirts.
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