Subaru is teasing us with a new WRX concept

This sketch is our first look at what Subaru is snappily titling ‘Viziv Performance Concept 2’. The WRX STI of your future dreams.

Set to star at the 2018 Tokyo motor show later this week, the car “embodies the brand’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver Enjoyment and Peace of Mind to its customers”, says Subaru. The capital letters are the company’s own…

Essentially, what we’ve got is the Viziv concept wearing the usual WRX STI get-up: deeper side skirts, flared intakes and pumped wheelarches. Is it just us, or does that complex wing and the red pinstriping give this thing more than a hint of the latest Honda Civic Type R’s wacky visual?

Now, this is the part of the story where we ought to speculate – salivate, even – about the idea of a production version of this concept, perhaps with a 260kW turbocharged boxer engine, clever four-wheel drive via several differentials, a manual gearbox and an exhaust the size of your head.

For those who still prefer their compact performance four-door cars with a burbling flat-four, as opposed to the clinical superiority of RS3 or CLA45, the notion of new WRX STI will be a lot of start 2018 happiness – indeed.


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