Putting more distance between the compact and the sports car.
The new Impreza will arrive this fall, but according to the report, the WRX won't show up until 2014. The additional three years of R&D time will supposedly allow Subaru to turn the WRX into a distinct model that shares only the basic platform with the Impreza—and even that will be "radically modified and significantly shortened" for Rex duties.
The new WRX is reportedly being developed to be as competitive a race car as possible, so Subaru is throwing their efforts into making the car as light and agile as they can. That shorter body is designed to make turn-in more accurate, and when they say short, they mean short—it's supposedly just a tad larger than a Toyota Yaris. It might even be a coupe, though it's not clear whether Subaru has decided yet what sort of body the WRX will wear.
As for the power under the hood, the report says Subaru is hard at work developing a turbocharged 1.6 liter boxer engine that'll spit out around 270 horsepower, though a twincharged (supercharged and turbocharged) engine is supposedly being investigated as well. A harder-edged STI version should spit out north of 300 horses. Both versions should keep Subaru's traditional AWD, too. Lighter, more powerful, and designed to race—any way we can fast-track this sucker, Subie? [via Motor Trend]
Pictured: 2011 Subaru WRX STI