Subaru to split next-gen WRX from Impreza model line

Subaru revealed its new shape 2012 Impreza earlier this year in standard trim, it looked good but fairly conservative. Despite this, WRX fans everywhere began imagining it with a full wide-body kit and big gold rims. But for the next WRX it’s not going to work like that, according to reports, the next WRX will be built as an entirely separate model line.

Due for release in 2014 the new WRX will apparently become a sports coupe with an entirely different body design to the new Impreza. The two models will continue to share a platform but the upcoming WRX will have a shortened wheelbase for improved handling dynamics, and other extra goodies.

A Subaru source said in a recent interview, “The first thing you must understand about our all-new WRX is that we have developed it from the ground up to win in motorsports events. That’s why we have focused so heavily on weight issues, not to mention a shorter wheelbase that permits faster, more precise turn-in. Marry that to our proven AWD system, and we think we have a winner.”

Subaru is planning a return to WRC rallying so when the hardcore STI variant of the WRX is released a future WRC rally car will be based on it.

In terms of power the WRX’s turbocharged Boxer engine may loose some displacement, as is the trend right now. Expect the standard 2014 Subaru WRX to be powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged boxer unit with around 200 kW. But there are rumours Subaru is hard at work on a twin-charged supercharger/turbo system as well.

For the STI variant, the same powerplant will be used but boosted up to around 224 kW, which should be enough to keep the hot hatch hardcore interested.

Expect to see the next-gen WRX in NZ by 2014.

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