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STI version of VIZIV Concept shows Subaru will never forget their roots

STI version of VIZIV Concept shows Subaru will never forget their roots image

Marcus De Guzman / Subaru press | January 15, 2018 10:55

Subaru gives us a first look at the next WRX STI in VIZIV Performance STI Concept

It's official, Subaru has just revealed the VIZIV Performance STI Concept at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon. Built to preview the next-gen WRX STI, the concept mixes aggressive and futuristic styling and comes with lightweight carbon fiber composite parts.

Starting with the front fascia, immediately noticeable on the concept is its redesigned front bumper carrying a deep spoiler for added aerodynamic efficiency. Also worth noting are its blocked-off air intakes at the front which serves as a throwback to STIs of yesteryear.

Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept breaks cover at Tokyo Auto Salon

Another new addition to the concept are the overly-large alloy wheels that also come with the STI logo. Wrapped around those wheels are low-profile Bridgestone Potenza tires. But perhaps the most stand-out feature on the VIZIV Performance STI Concept is the huge wing at the back that keeps the four-door concept grounded to the pavement.

Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept breaks cover at Tokyo Auto Salon

However, certain portions of the new concept are carried-over from the standard VIZIV shown during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The squared-off wheel arches, hood scoop, side skirts, carbon fiber roof, rear bumper and quad exhausts are all carried-over from the original car.

Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept breaks cover at Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru has yet to describe what powers the VIZIV Performance STI concept. However, there are reports going around that production models will no longer be using the long-running 2.5-liter EJ series. Apparently, a new turbocharged engine will replace the EJ and will be helped along by a hybrid system which will deliver quicker performance and cleaner emissions.

It is expected that the all-new WRX and WRX STI will make their world debut at around 2020.