Subaru Viziv Performance STI Concept is Awesome, But Don't Get Excited

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Does the Subaru Viziv Performance STI Concept really preview the next WRX STI?

Introduced at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Viziv Performance STI Concept is supposed to hint at what the next-generation Subaru WRX STI might look like, but you’d be wise to tone down your expectations. In recent years, the Japanese automaker has created some awesome-looking concepts, only to disappoint fans with production models that have extremely conservative styling.

While the concept features many elements that make it appealing to enthusiasts, the production model will likely look nothing like it, even though Subaru has said that it will be heavily influenced by the concept.

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We hope Subaru bucks tradition by designing an aggressively styled production car. At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the company debuted the Viziv Concept, which is what the Viziv Performance STI Concept is based on. The Viziv Concept is widely believed to preview the next-generation Impreza, and the company’s design chief has even said he’s eager to see certain design themes carry over to the production model.

The next-generation Subaru Impreza isn’t due until 2020, so for now all we can do is just hope that Subaru, for once, follows the concept’s design for production.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Buffman-RANGE Buffman-RANGE on Jan 17, 2018

    It will be like "Ohh my gosh look at this new STI". What engine does it have in it: EJ257 :. But it now has 5 more HP!