Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

This is the WRX STI You Didn't Want But Also Can't Have

This is the WRX STI You Didn't Want But Also Can't Have

The Subaru VIZIV Performance concept has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show this week, previewing a future performance sedan from the Japanese manufacturer.

Subaru was once considered the working man's performance vehicle brand.

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. Despite dropping 500cc of capacity, the motor kicks out 324 hp-24 more than standard- thanks to a switch controlled intercooler water spray, performance exhaust, STI silicon intake duct, and new ECU tuning.

Packaged in a sleek saloon body and featuring Subaru's trademark all-wheel-drive underpinnings, the Viziv may well be a future WRX STI that will carve up rally stages the world over.

The vehicle sits on STI 19in wheels and features a carbon rear spoiler and bespoke front splitter.

A limited-run Cool Grey Khaki is also available but only when the auto is specified with an NBR Challenge Package. 77 percent of S208 models (350 cars) will be available with the NBR Challenge Package which features a gargantuan carbon wing, a dry carbon roof, and upgraded Dunlop Sport Maxx RT tires. The vehicle can be painted in World Rally Blue Pearl and Crystal White Pearl but if customers want something special, they can opt for Cool Grey Khaki with the NBR Challenge Package and also receive a larger rear wing and carbon roof.

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