According to Nick Senior of Subaru Australia, the WRX can either retain a rather hard edge in terms of style, design and performance. Or the car could turn into a Euro-style sports sedan; something like BMW’s M or Mercedes’ AMG cars.
One of the options that will be discussed is the potential addition of a two door high performance model; something similar to the original WRX. But some would argue about the apparent downside to this body style which is the loss of the car’s practical purpose.
Senior also mentioned that a two door version is also possible although there is a possibility of losing potential volume. He also added that competitors like the Nissan 200SX comes and goes because they don’t have the versatility in terms of four or five door body styles.
Senior confirmed that the 2.0 litre flat four FB series engine, which is used in the Forester and Impreza, can be turbocharged without losing any efficiency. This means that it might be featured in Subaru’s next performance orientated model. On top of this, he also hinted that Subaru might offer a continuously variable transmission for the next generation WRX in certain markets.
It is still early to predict anything about the future of the WRX and its STI variant. Will the rally fighter continue as a hardcore racing machine straight from the factory lines or will it advance into an all new, superior direction? Only time will tell.
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