Rumours have surfaced which state that next year the new Impreza and the high-performance WRX – two versions of the same car since 1992 – will go their separate ways.
According to Auto Express, the new WRX will be totally different from the Impreza, and that doesn’t just mean a few different bolt-on components. The source told Auto Express that; “Every part of the WRX will be unique – even the engine and body”.
After the split, the Impreza will become the fuel-efficient, more family orientated model, while the WRX will carry the performance flag, and be fitted with a new 1.6 litre turbocharged engine and Subaru’s latest 4WD system. As always, the STi version will be even more hardcore than the standard WRX.
According to the source, the new car has been developed with competition in mind. He told Auto Express: “We have developed it from the ground up to win in motorsport. That is why we have focused on weight issues, not to mention a shorter wheelbase that permits faster, more precise turn-in. We think we have a winner.”
Depending on which source you want to go with, Auto Express are reporting that the car will have around 200 horsepower, while Motor Trend are stating the figure is more like 270 horsepower. To be honest, with the current hot-hatch horsepower wars currently at fever pitch, if the WRX shows up with just 200 horses at its disposal it’s going to be severely out gunned.
Lets just hope they make a version of the new WRX which has the magic of the 22B STi!