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Next Subaru WRX May Move Away From The Impreza

Putting more distance between the compact and the sports car.

The Subaru WRX is about to be redefined for the next generation, according to Motor Trend. No more Mister Tough-Guy Impreza; get ready to meet an all-new, almost entirely unique 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

  • logan says:
    July 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    None of it matters until they jump back in the WRC ring to take on Ford and the Frenchies. It's sad that they have zero top level presence. PWRC doesn't count. And as much as I hate to say it, Ken Block was good for them until Ford got him.

  • CatDrag says:
    July 15, 2011 at 1:44 am

    regardless Subarus are pretty sturdy cars. It would be refreshing to know they will come out with a sports line that is not derived from one of their sedan lines. Should be interesting to hear what Subaru will do with the performance as well.

  • brandon says:
    July 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Much like Nissan did with the GT-R and Skyline. This can only mean good things.

  • Randy says:
    July 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Let's hope that Subaru returns to the WRC with the new sports car - although the chances for that are slim.

  • Brandon C says:
    July 16, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Honestly, I don't like the sound of that. The cool thing about the hotter Imprezas was just that; they were hotter Imprezas. It was still a relatively useful sedan with AWD and sustainable fuel economy, tied in with good prices. You could actually live with these cars. If Scoob wants to really hop up something, maybe they could put a smidge of effort into their side of the FT-86/Subetoya/FR-S/whatever, and make a super-racer out of that. In my opinion, if they want to make a tiny racer, make a new car, and add the WRX and STI nomenclature; leave the Impreza WRX and STI for guys like us, who want to have our cake and eat it too.

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