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Old 03-28-2013, 12:41 PM   #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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