• The Subaru WRX Concept ain’t no sissified Impreza


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    Lie to me and and say this Subaru WRX Concept isn’t sexy. Say hallelujah brothers and sisters! I think Subaru design is finally getting it, I think they are finding an aesthetic that resonates with their most precious youth market. Recently unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the Subaru WRX Concept is a promise fulfilled. It’s stunning.

    The 245/40ZR20 Dunlops look mighty fine enclosing sick looking, 20-inch, forged alloy wheels.

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    Very little is known about the Subaru WRX Concept. A majority of this vehicle is an exterior design study that Subaru is using to measure consumer reaction. I think they have a hit on their hands, but I have already heard a grumble about the front fenders looking too much like the Nissan GTR’s.

    The Subaru WRX Concept has a wheelbase that’s 4.6-inches longer than the current model, which will help for high-speed stability and ride. The overall length of 178-inches and 74.4-inches wide gives the WRX Concept a larger vehicle to build upon. Those are different dimensions than the Subaru Impreza-based WRX.  The question is: what platform is it?

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    It’s a good chance that the Subaru WRX Concept is based on a lengthened BRZ/FT-86/FR-S platform. Yep, that’s right, Subaru developed that platform so it could be utilized with a longer, four-door setup. If that’s the case, it’s not too far of a stretch to plan the space for a turbocharged version of the BRZ’s 2-liter boxer engine and a AWD transfer case. Utilizing this platform would indicate a desire for a lower center of gravity, lighter weight and racier base over the older Impreza’s platform.

    Is a 300 horsepower WRX and 325 hp STI in the cards? I hear that the 2-liter could make over 400 hp which would be friggin’ amazing.

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    Keep in mind: this is ALL speculation. That 2-liter boxer is high compression, not the easiest thing to tinker with – I wager. Still, if you look at the Subaru WRX Concept and the new thinking it represents, anything looks possible.

    My god – it’s good looking.

    Check out this fun, off road video with the Subaru Crosstrek XV!\

    How do you say, “Build it right now Subaru… don’t change a damn thing!” in Japanese?

    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum.  His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. His words, good humor and videos are enjoyed worldwide.

    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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