A Glimpse Of The New Wrx?

For a few years now, we’ve all been wondering what the future holds for the Subaru WRX. If these leaked photos are legit, you are looking at Subaru’s new WRX Concept.

While nothing is confirmed, Subaru has announced it will be revealing a “performance concept” at the upcoming New York Auto Show. This appears to be right on the money.

And while it is just a concept, the styling suggests a dramatic departure from the conservative look of the standard Impreza. It’s also immediately recognizable as a WRX.

No official info has been published about the next WRX, but rumor has it the car will make somewhere in the range 300 horsepower and may even have an electric turbo.

Whatever the case, we’ll certainly know more once the show opens.

For now – what do you think of the WRX Concept?

-Mike


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95 comments
wavin
wavin

Its a nice car, But i dont think it has the same 'edge' other subarus had, similar with the Evo X you wouldn;t drive down a street then go back down the same street to have a second look at it, imo

JjCruz
JjCruz

looks like a dodge dart on steroids. 

bakayaru
bakayaru

If this comes as a turbo wagon, it'll be my next daily.

KirillIvanov
KirillIvanov

In an attempt to give a similarity with body Lancer Evo X - they fanbazu his constipation. Terribly aware of it but only hardcore inherent Subaru finally came to an end ....

jdm_zilly
jdm_zilly

why must we go away from the beautiful older look for this "modern look".... so sad

bakayaru
bakayaru

This appeals to me, and I've been a Subaru owner since 2001

j_kouki
j_kouki

Looks like a damn scion. EW.. how does Subaru think that this appeals to the typical Subaru buyer?

Gerben aka Suburuuh
Gerben aka Suburuuh

Although I'm currently owning a '01 bugeye WRX, is doesn't make me want this one.....! It's not bad, but it's a bit dull. Maybe I'll see it otherwise IRL.

Stine
Stine

I was going to buy a 2013 wrx, but now I may hold off and wait for this. Looks amazing, and I love he quad pipes. Hope it comes true.

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

looks pretty nice!! makes a change that i like a scooby from the first pictures...just missing those gold wheels :p!!

FCtouge3S
FCtouge3S

Might very likely be my next car.  Can't wait for the details and the production version.

Truhidden
Truhidden

Please make it hot hatch 5 door as well, so us Dads with kids still can drive something fun. That is the sole reason my wife let me buy a wrx.

dovvv
dovvv

an electric turbo is a stupid idea. The electricity in a car comes from the battery, which in turn is charged through the alternator. However when the car is running, electric loads are placed directly on the engine via the alternator. So more electricity = more load = more load on alternator. You need a LOT of electricity to move and compress enough air to generate boost, especially at high rpms. A lot of electricity = a lot of load on the alternator. Which is belt-driven. like a supercharger.

 

Which begs the question, why would you use a seemingly inefficient method of compressing air when supercharging is essentially identical and simpler? I imagine that the electric turbines must have reached the stage in technology where they are entirely variable and able to manage boost much more consistently than a mechanical driven compressor. 

 

Otherwise, what's the point? Food for thought.

zamm333
zamm333

blegh,this car doesnt say subaru at all to me.

nugundam93
nugundam93

jon sibal's rendering is eerily spot-on with what subaru released. fans maybe? lol. the electric turbo i hope carries over to the production car. goodbye turbo lag :)

mike jones
mike jones

not enough front overhang it seems for subaru's awd system...the engine plus fans, radiator, and condensor need to be infront of the front axle.  Badass looking car though!

xracer6
xracer6

looks cool we'll see about the tech and specs once more info comes out.

TheDude69
TheDude69

This looks to Evo-ish in my opinion, lets hope if they make an STI version that they dont rid it of the massive park bench (the only reason you buy an STI in the first place.....)

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

Typical that Subaru decide to drop selling the Imprezza in the UK Market just as they get their sh*t together design-wise. This thing looks awesome, and IMO is EXACTLY the direction Subaru needs to be heading in to keep up with the likes of Nissan and Mitsubishi. 

tbtstt
tbtstt

Looks more angular and modern than the sharkeye. This sort of styling wouldn't look out of place alongside an Evo X or GT-R which, in my opinion, is something that was lacking from the last design.

 

Unless its got a low kerb weight though, then I think times may have moved on from 300 BHP. 350 or perhaps even 400 may be needed...

kamenkachev
kamenkachev

I think It is time for subie to go 400hp. And a lighter 500hp STi to compete with the GTR..........dreams

Charles Montgomery III
Charles Montgomery III

The rear end looks madly aggressive, especially where the pair of dual tips are placed on the end - very nice.  This will look sick in race form.  I can only imagine how it would look sporting an aero kit with a wing.....ohh boy, I think Subie is doing this one a service :)

dangina
dangina

its better than the 2008-present one.

Option86
Option86

God, you even threw in a close up at the end... Kiss it!!!! Hahahaha, It's hideous. What's worse, is that the rest of the body styling is actually pretty sweet.

DavidRussell1
DavidRussell1

re enter WRC and win it and either make the rear doors suicide doors or do a coupé version.

Ant86
Ant86

Lights look like the new Mark X

s13ivan
s13ivan

Looks like trash lol

otar
otar

ditch the super high hood, throw on an actual hood scoop (not those ugly cutouts), fix up the rear (looks like the BRZ end with some some body panels thrown at it), and fix the rear tails. Then they'll have a nice looking wrx!

OtakuTaikun
OtakuTaikun

In the concept sketches, this looks very promising. I for one am glad they ditched the Impreza platform (well for this year, the Impreza this year just looks dreary :shudder:) I'm kinda iffy about the two door config, but from the profile provided it has a shruken-evo-X-esque look and i'm liking it. I can even see some cues from the Alcyone SVX in the rear tail design. Can't wait to see the more finalized pictures

Hanma
Hanma

The whole car looks off to me. Hopefully the actual concept will look better than the renderings.

Dawsaurus
Dawsaurus

Electric turbo? I hope they aren't shopping on eBay for them.

 

Wonder if they'll develop something that works!

wavin
wavin

In saying that i love the rear of the car!

 

seriousgraphics
seriousgraphics

@alicemalice141 なるほど、大型のブリスターフェンダーになってますけど、オーバーハングを絞り込んだデザインなので案外小さく見えますよね。リアにGTウイング付けると厳つさ50%マシマシw

TeroK
TeroK

 @dovvv Ok I'm sure that this comment was based on no knowledge at all. Idea of 'electric' turbo is rather to connect the turbine axle to electric motor/generator and to compressor. Now instead of using waste gates the excess energy can be stored to battery or used to spool the compressor. This way the thermal efficiency is raised and no more turbo lag or inefficient anti-lag systems.

 

Please check out some articles about the F1 engine rules for 2014, that should explain the idea further more.

Brian
Brian

 @dovvv You do realize, that the alternator is generating excess? Modern alternators don't cause engines to dip when you turn on accessories, whereas an old car from the 70's might need you to step on the throttle to keep the car from stalling if you turn on your headlights and wipers at the same time.

 

An electric supercharger running off a stored power source  would be another avenue of making use of wasted energy. Instead of just generating excess charge to top off the battery, if you had a reservoir to store it and then use it at will via an electric blower or even a drive assisting motor you would just increase power with no actual load when you use it.

 

Exploring this avenue is a great idea, as it looks into the very lucrative world of stored energy. A working stored electric turbo would revolutionize the way cars will be looked at and built as the turbo did. 

BasicElements
BasicElements

 @dovvv I agree with ClaytonPayton on this one. Especially when you start to factor in brushless technology and the near 100% efficiency rates. Also with something to gear up the impeller a low rpm, high torque motor could be gear to produce lots of rpms while giving enough boost to the low end power. I imagine it would be a lot like a centrifugal super charger where the power builds naturally with the power band. I really think that electricity, while limited in some ways, can present many advantages. Peace! Here's to keeping an ever open mind.

ClaytonPayton
ClaytonPayton

 @dovvv well, the electricity can be generated during periods of low load and stored for later use, which wouldn't put extra load on the alternator during boost. (this of how hybrids store electricity for later use, could be applied).plus, the mechanical conversion of energy to electricity is one of the most efficient, and it may be more efficient than mechanical-to-mechanical transfer (like a belt driven supercharger). so one could see how the electric turbo could have a greater long term efficiency than a traditional turbo or supercharger.also, not trying to be a dick but your usage of 'beg the question' is incorrect. begging the question is a form of logical fallacy in which a statement or claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the statement or claim itself.  it does not mean 'to raise a question'. 

bglassen
bglassen

 @zamm333 The front says new Dodge Dart, the back says new Honda Civic

otar
otar

I'm also super glad they're giving the impreza line another facelift, now the best looking ones (04-07) will be cheaper!

Phalkhan
Phalkhan

 @Dawsaurus 

 Im think it'll be more of a hybrid unit.. If they are calling it a "turbo" then it probably has an electric motor that spools the turbo at low rpms to eliminate lag while the exhuast gases take over at mid to high rpms just like a traditional turbo. If its 100% electric controlled, it should technically be called an electric "supercharger?" That's my though anyways.

alicemalice141
alicemalice141

@seriousgraphics やっぱりゴツくて速いが理想ですよね インプの場合パワーというよりコーナー勝負みたいな面ありますし足回りは固めの方がコーナー入り安そうな気がしますね

greenroadster
greenroadster

Not possible. DACIA is a Romanian car maker owned by Renault. And SAAB is dead, unfortunately.

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

 @Phalkhan  @Dawsaurus This is the way that next years F1 cars will be going. The regulations allow for KERS energy to be used to spool the turbo to minimize lag. Hopefully with Renault, Mercedes, Cosworth(?) and the possibility of Honda developing engines for these regs it could become more common on road cars. 

Dawsaurus
Dawsaurus

 @Phalkhan Sounds like that would be a huge restriction in the intake though if used sequentially with a standard turbo design.

greenroadster
greenroadster

 @DavidRussell1 Well, they didnt. SAAB was sold to a chinesse company and they are interested in electric cars. So, for real, it is DACIA with Renault-Nissan technology. Because Renault-Nissan-Dacia are linked toghether. Sorry, no SAAB here.


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