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2017 Subaru VIZIV performance concept Photo: supplied
2017 Subaru VIZIV performance concept Photo: supplied
 
 
Andrew Maclean | Oct, 25 2017 | 0 Comments

Subaru has revealed a striking concept car at today's Tokyo motor show that previews the next-generation WRX pocket rocket.

Taking centre stage on the Japanese brand's show stand, it's officially dubbed the Viziv Performance Concept, but the squared-edged concept car showcases the all-new WRX that's due in 2019.

It hasn't revealed too much detail of what lies under the pumped-up body of the four-door sedan, other than confirming it will be powered by a traditional boxer engine and feature the company's signature all-wheel drive configuration, but Subaru admits the concept is designed to provide a "vision for the future of making cars that deliver enjoyment to drive and peace of mind" and  says it clearly draws inspiration from the iconic Legacy RS and WRX models.

Measuring 4630mm in length and 1950mm wide, and standing at 1430mm in overall height, the Viziv Performance Concept is just 5mm longer than the current Impreza sedan on which the WRX is expected to be based but is significantly 175mm wider and 25mm lower, giving it a more purposeful stance.

It also appears to utilise more unique body parts than previous WRX models, with distinctive flared guards, a more angular glasshouse and a high-rise boot. The concept car also features a host of lightweight carbon fibre elements in the bumpers, fenders and roof while a large rear diffuser houses staggered twin exahust outlets on each side.

The all-new WRX is expected to be powered by a turbo charged version of Subaru's latest-generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine with increased power outputs over today's version, which has 197kW and 350Nm, and will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic gearbox.

Subaru has also indicated it will be offered with its next-generation Eyesight safety system with a range of new advanced driver assistance functions scheduled for release "around 2020".

In the more immediate future, Subaru has revealed details of its latest flagship limited edition WRX STI S208 at the Tokyo motor show.

While unlikely to be made available in Australia, the high-performance model features increased power outputs, suspension modifications and a carbon fibre roof to lower its centre of gravity.

The 2.0-litre turbo engine has been handbuilt and balanced by STI technicians and fitted with a twin-scrolle ball bearing turbo charger to deliver 245kW, with a free-flowing exhaust system and an intercooler spray system. The suspension features race-tuned Bilstein springs and dampers, pillow-ball bushes and revised geometry while lightweight forged 19-inch BBS alloy wheels are fitted with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres and surround uprated Brembo brakes with six-piston front callipers.

Inside the cabin, there's leather Recaro bucket seats, Ultrasuede trim on the steering wheel, red highlights and S208 badges.

The WRX STI S208 will be limited to just 450 units globally.

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