Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

We've briefly reported on the Viziv Performance Concept before - most recently at last year's Tokyo show - but it was obvious to all of us that Subaru hadn't yet put its back into it. Set to be revealed in just a few days on January 12, the Subaru Viziv Performance STI Concept will most likely preview the next-generation WRX STI which is long overdue an overhaul. Noticably, the front bumper of the STI concept has been revised, giving it more aggressive look.

Hopefully, we'll find out more when the VIZIV Performance STI Concept makes its official debut.

The VIZIV's body in white looks to be carried over from the Tokyo concept, so expect the same pumped box wheel arches and six-sided Subaru face to dominate the compact saloon body and the continuation of other classic design elements like a bonnet scoop and "hawk eye" headlights.

Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

More importantly, while entitled only as a prototype, the new Viziv Performance STI concept is nearly for sure the appetizer for the upcoming new generation WRX STI, a model that remains one of the legends in the segment. Winglets can also be seen protruding from the sides of the rear wing, presumably to improve the airflow. Speaking to Subaru UK marketing director Chris Hawken, Carbuyer learned that the production vehicle will use the newest Impreza's underpinnings, a auto that was created to use hybrid technology.

This STI Performance Concept may not shed much light on specific details regarding future product, but acts to reaffirm Subaru's commitment to the STI brand and a new generation of upcoming performance models.

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