2013 Subaru WRX STI

The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show allowed Subaru to unveil the Impreza Design Concept , a preview version of the next generation Impreza. Details for the vehicle have been sparse since then, but we decided to dream up what the WRX STI version would look like anyway.

The concept’s design is defined by a theme of "Dynamic, Enticing, Secure." Starting with this theme, the WRX STI version adds requisite fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and, that massive wing on the back.

The standard Impreza is expected to be revealed in early 2011. It will continue offering the same 2.5 liter Boxer engine, but rumors are also circulating that a hybrid version will also be available, a first for Subaru. The WRX STI model will follow a few months later with sales beginning in early 2012.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: New details about the future generation Subaru Impreza WRX suggest that, starting 2014, the Impreza and the WRX will go their separate ways. What this means is that the car will simply be called the Subaru WRX and will be a totally different vehicle. According to a MotorTrend source: "Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened."

UPDATE 11/18/2011: During their presence at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has offered new details on the next WRX STI model. The car will continue to be turbocharged and will use a forced-induction version of the carmaker’s new 2.0-liter "FB" boxer four engine with an output of about 300 HP. (CarAndDriver)

UPDATE 12/08/2011: The Subaru WRX has been rumored to deliver up to 300 HP, but new details are suggesting that the standard model will actually use a turbocharged version of the BRZ 2.0-liter boxer engine with an output of about 270 HP. That’s 30 HP we’ll probably never see again.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Subaru WRX STI model.

Exterior and Interior

Taking a good look at the Impreza Design Concept will provide a pretty good idea of what the production version will look like. Add a little sportiness and aggressiveness and the result will be the WRX STI version.

There will be a a hexagonal grille with spread wings in the center and hawk eye-style headlights, while the rear gets a garnish that radiates outward from the center, sharp-edged rear lights, and a new taillamp. The STI version will be distinguished by fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and a massive wing on the back. Some cool points are added with a carbon fiber hood and blacked-out fog lamps.

The interior will offer sports seats covered in leather, aluminum inserts, three-spoke wheels, and a long list of technologies, including Bluetooth, a Navigation system, iPod capability, and an XM/Sirius radio.

The Engine

The concept is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine mated to a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). However, for the STI version, expect to see a turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP. The engine will be mated to a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

The Competition

Of course, the closest competitor for the Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X . If we had to pick between the two, we’d choose the Impreza. It’s more aerodynamic, delivers better performance, it’s all-wheel-drive, and looks better.

When Can I Buy One?

Expect the new Subaru Impreza WRX to debut in late 2011, with sales beginning in early 2012.


37 comments:

I think Subaru needs to be focused first on how they can really boost the speed performance of this vehicle. Well, I’m sure that I’m not only the one who is expecting that it would have a great figure performance.

Subaru WRX STI is already looking great with its sleek red body paint, and I’m really impressed with its simple platform, but it was oozing with an appeal on that. Anyway, I hope that its engine will only be good enough on it.

The air intake on its front is looking so perfect for it, and it really looks great on its sleek red body paint. However, I’m curious if what will be the engine specification that this vehicle had.

It looks so classy and expensive in its sleek bloody body paint. I’m impressed with the angst that it had though it only had a simple platform and styling. I just hope that in its next article, they already include some interior pictures of it.

This red color Subaru WRX STI has good appearance, from wheels to interior and exterior and its defined dynamic theme complements in its standard.

WRS STI is really a good looking car and its already looks great on its color. I either would really love to have a car like this, just like them.

Yeah, aside from awesome styling of this sportscar. Well, I wonder if this car will join the Frankfurt Motor Show? And when will they debut the Impreza WRX STI?

If not mistaken ,the Subaru has offer a newer version for this car. I really love the decent and stylish design of this vehicle. The figure performance of the Impreza WRX STI is impressive!

In my opinion, it has a poor performance. When you compare this one to other sports cars, this is a weak one. It has the look of being a sports car but not its output.

I admit Evo is one good car. This is also impressive as it looks. For me, I don’t need more information about this car for we all know that Subaru is a remarkable manufacturer.

Well the Dynamic, Enticing, Secure concept of this car is quite cool. I like the power and performance of this car that makes me wonder about Mazda.

Same here! I found this car so great! It has a powerful engine and impressive design that you can absolutely compete to other car trends out there. And I’m sure that this Subaru WRX will gonna hit this 2012. Looking forward to their next set of car collections by SUBARU.

With its newer model, I wonder if this car can now beat the Ralliart and MazdaSpeed 3? I bet this future production version still can’t compete against the box!

I like the sporty styling of this car and I bet it would be more powerful compare to its predecessor. Well, I don’t think that the WRX would have a hard time competing against the Evo X since the Subaru looks more sporty and have a better performance.

I still don’t know on what to expect about this car for I haven’t read the complete details of the specs. BTW, I would say that Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X would be a tough competitor. Although they have the same platform, we couldn’t deny that the Evo X is quite sporty and it has a great supercar handling!

Impressive! This car is really a bang! I would say that the specs of the car seems better compare to the Mazda though I’m not saying that Mazda car is lame. Well, I bet with sportiness of this car it would sell like hot cakes.

Expect the new Subaru Impreza WRX to debut in late 2011, with sales beginning in early 2012. Hope to got one of it?.

As an engineering piece this car is pretty awesome. That its body could actually generates 0 lift without any lift! That’s beautiful!

Always loved the impreza but I don’t think not even this one beats the Evo.

The only numbers that matter to me is 0-60, 1/4 mile, slalom and lateral grip. I could care less about the horsepower it makes, as long as it beats the pants off of the other guy. Power means nothing when it is attached to a land yacht, trust me…I own a Dodge Challenger I know.

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