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Subaru WRX Concept Previews Next-Generation WRX Design

Subaru WRX Concept Previews Next-Generation WRX Design

By Jeff Youngs, April 02, 2013
A ​Subaru is not hesitant to state that the WRX Concept unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show illustrates the direction in which the automaker is heading with its next-generation version of the iconic WRX. Lower and wider than any production WRX in history, the WRX Concept contains the expected turbocharged powertrain and all-wheel drive, combined with what Subaru says is "an even greater focus on sharp handling, steering, and communicative chassis."

Technical details are not available. Rather, the emphasis for the Subaru WRX Concept is design and detailing. Take, for example, the carbon-fiber roof panel, which reduces weight and lowers the vehicle's center of gravity for improved handling. The WRX Concept's deep lower front valences, integrated trunk lid spoiler, and broad rear diffuser panel punctuated by four round exhaust outlets are designed to smooth air flow and add downforce at speed.

Styling elements include a hexagonal mesh grille flanked by hawk-eye headlights, with matching forms repeated at the rear of the vehicle in the shape of the taillights and trunk lid. A large air intake is integrated with the bulging hood, and the WRX Concept's oversized fenders encompass 20-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels wearing 245/40ZR20 Dunlop performance tires. A new take on a classic WRX color, called WR Blue Pearl III, coats the WRX Concept's surfaces, with Fluorescent Yellow accents for the brake calipers, exhaust tips, and the WRX badge on the grille.

Last year, Subaru formally divorced the WRX performance models from the Impreza lineup. This new Subaru WRX Concept is a hint of things to come.

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