Subaru WRX Concept

May 3, 2013

Subaru of American Inc. unveiled its Subaru WRX Concept at the 2013 New York International Auto Show at the end of March.

The Subaru WRX Concept blends the WRX’s power and road-holding prowess with greater focus on sharp handling, steering and a communicative chassis, according to a press release. To further improve handling dynamics, it has a carbon fiber roof to enhance the low center of gravity and reduce weight, and also features a rear diffuser to improve aerodynamics.

The design of the vehicle’s grille is larger and bolder and sets off the classic WRX hood scoop. A pronounced “power bulge” provides clearance for the new turbocharged engine and intercooler. A prominent hexagonal grille and deep lower valences with air intakes enhance aerodynamics, add downforce and support engine cooling, the release noted.

A grille with a 3-D mesh pattern gives the Subaru WRX Concept a sporty nature and sets the star cluster logo apart, while the new hawk-eye headlights integrate the Subaru family design heritage. A sharp character line runs from the front corner through to the taillights, intersected by the boldly flared wheel arches that emphasize the all-wheel drive system.

The compact cabin greenhouse draws attention to the power and solidity of the body and focuses attention to a wide stance that provides a visual link between body and chassis. The rear design echoes the hexagonal design motif from the front grille and has a dramatically curved trunk lid that also acts as a rear spoiler, the press release noted.

A new WR Blue Pearl III paint color with fluorescent yellow accents gives the Subaru WRX Concept a modernized look, while BBS “RI-D” One-Piece Forged Duralumin wheels and 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires with an exclusive tread pattern fill out the broad fenders.