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.


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.

It’s not about power, It’s the power to weight ratio. I don’t care if has “only” 300hp, as long as it doesn’t weigh 2 tons like “every” other car out there.

I think this rendering is a bit to courageous since such a dramatic change, even if keeping some of the elements, is unlikely!

It’s not about power, It’s the power to weight ratio. I don’t care if has “only” 300hp, as long as it doesn’t weigh 2 tons like “every” other car out there.

Yeah right $ 40,000 and an underpowered turbo that makes 300 HP!! What a joke. Hell every car makes over 300 HP now days. The bar has been at least 400 HP for a few years now. Unless your 16 years old. What a joke. Subie needs to wake up and listen to what people want.

This is the car I’ve been waiting for! It has a beautiful design – sporty and sophisticated and I love the fact that it has four doors. I have been searching for a car like this for a long time. I can’t wait for it to be put on the market – I’ll be the first in line to buy it! smiley

the engine is almost the same except for the STI, and when it comes to competition I say lancer Evo and Impreza is both ugly but very competitive. before, the evo is the king of handling but today Impreza is starting to improve it’s handling. in this car for sure many will pick the Impreza even myself.

Since Toyota will be using a Subaru engine in the production FT-86, they should make the trade worth while for Subaru and use the TRD-tuned 3S-GTE 4-cylinder in the new STi; not only is it more powerful and more reliable than the current engine Subaru is using, but it is also smaller and lighter.

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