Celebrating its rally heritage, the Subaru WRX has always sacrificed a certain level of on-road performance so as to maintain its off-road capability. That, however, will change for the next generation model.
Speaking with AutoGuide at the New York Auto Show last week, Subaru of America PR boss Dominick Infante said the WRX concept car unveiled in Manhattan previews a new WRX that will be designed more for on-road use and which will be, “much more street targeted.”
Commenting that the WRX has always been an amazing road machine, it got even better when taken off the beaten path. As a result, however, it has lacked some of the dynamic feel of rivals.
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Infante also clarified further details on the new WRX, knocking down rumors that the car is based off an entirely new platform. While Subaru is certainly looking to separate its WRX model from the Impreza compact sedan, the two cars will share the same basic underpinnings.
Finally, Infante crushed any hopes that the carbon fiber roof previewed on the WRX concept would see reality. Initially confirming that it would make an appearance on the new WRX, he paused briefly to gauge our reaction before laughing. Rather, Subaru will continue to focus on cutting weight through the use of high-strength steel.
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