When Osamu Namba (Subaru design chief) made an appearance at the NY International Auto Show, he was faced with a large audience of eager faces waiting to see the unveiling of the WRX Concept. RIDES was there firsthand and we definitely loved the car, especially in that all-new paint color “WR Blue Pearl III.” The Fluorescent Yellow accents on the badges, brake calipers, and exhaust tips give it a truly iconic look. It’s pretty hard to look away once you feast your eyes on it. The bold and muscular new design definitely pairs well with its monstrous turbocharged engine.
Subaru is traditionally known for its solid dependability and this new concept definitely follows through, if not increases its reliability. The car blends the WRX’s renown power and road-holding prowess with even more focus on sharp handling, steering, and communicative chassis. As a means to further improve handling dynamics, it features a carbon-fiber roof to reduce weight. We are a huge fan of the sleeker, wider, and lower design of the WRX. It surely gives the car a meaner street presence than previous generations had.
The new 3-D mesh pattern on the grille is larger and bolder, setting off the classic hood scoop associated with WRXs. The grille is an indicator of the sporting nature of the car and pairs up well with the deep lower valences with air intakes. These are designed to enhance aerodynamics, add downforce and help with engine cooling. New impressive hawk-eye headlights have also been introduced into the Subaru family which will be seen in proceeding generations. Sharp body lines can be seen running from the front corner to the taillights, almost as a means to ensure you keep your eyes on it.
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