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The WRX plot thickens

By FaezClutchless on 06 Mar 2012

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The Subaru Impreza WRX has always been known worldwide for its rallying prowess and also for its sonorous Boxer engine. And since it was first released, there are distinct differences between the base Impreza model and the top of the line model which is the WRX STI. But things are about to change this week when the company’s senior representatives from various markets meet in Japan to discuss the model’s new direction.

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Back in November, I wrote about Subaru’s plan to redesign a new platform for the WRX and its STI variant and this meeting could be the model’s deciding fate. Representatives of the company will meet in Japan for a conference where they will discuss on the WRX’s future direction and what form of replacement will take place.

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.

Photo credit: Net Car Show

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Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Soran Mar 06 2012 10:43 PM
CVT??!! For the WRX??!!!
What weed are they smoking??!!
Just put a dual-clutch transmission and be done with it for those who do not want a clutch pedal (which includes me)
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