Subaru decided to surprise us at the 2013 New York Auto Show with two world debuts: first was theXV Crosstrek hybrid and the second one is an all-new performance concept car called WRX and built as a preview version for the upcoming WRX high-performance sedan.
The new WRX Concept car is bringing a new design language with a larger and bolder grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern and a large powerbulge that that indicates this beast has something special lurking beneath.
The concept also offers new hawk-eye headlights and a carbon-fiber roof that helps reduce the car’s weight even more and in the same time lower the car’s total weight. The overall height of the WRX concept is slightly lower, dropping the center of gravity even closer to the pavement.
The concept’s rear features a dramatically curved trunk lid, a wide rear bumper and large quad tailpipes for the car’s sports exhaust system.
This WRX concept doesn’t only boast a new and more aggressive body. It also includes an all-new turbocharged engine that Subaru has not released any information on. The current Subaru Impreza WRX currently offers up a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that delivers 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, but we expect to see something nearing the 300-horsepower range.
The concept unveiled in New York is painted in a cool "WR Blue Pearl III" exterior paint combined with fluorescent Yellow insertions on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers. The concept sits on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels wrapped in 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires.
Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 04/05/2013: Subaru has unveiled a new video featuring Osamu Namba - General Manager of Design Dept, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. talking about the new WRX Concept.
Hit the jump to read Subaru’s press release.