Tuesday , October 19 2021

Subaru WRC returns with rumors of hot hatch too good to be true?


We have to take this with a large salt giant, but a rumor from Japan indicates that Subaru could have a hot hatch (Viziv Performance Concept, shown above) on the way. As if that is not exciting enough, the match performance model would presumably be the basis for the reinsertion of the company at the World Rally Championship. The brand has not competed in the WRC since the 2008 season.

The report of the Japanese website Answer He claims that the hot hatch would fit in segment B of Europe putting the model in the same class as vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo. The reason for launching the performance-oriented model presumably comes from the desire to have a greater impact on the European market.

Subaru Viziv Performance concept of STI

Answer He claims that the hot hatchway could be ready to compete at the WRC for the 2020 season, although this seems very unlikely. At the moment Subaru does not have a compact car and the development of the new vehicle usually takes at least four years. Unless Subie is effectively conserving this small machine in packaging and outside the curious eyes of spy photographers, it does not seem likely that the car maker might have the performance model so quick.

Subaru Viziv Performance concept of STI

We reached our partners in Autosport.com to find out if they knew about a possible return to the meeting for Subaru. "[Toyota boss] Akio Toyoda is pushing them very hard to join the series to compete against Toyota " Autosport Journalist David Evans said. I had not heard anything confirming that Subie was really planning to enter the WRC.

Unknown rumors also indicate that Subaru is developing a mid-range sports car that seems to be a separate vehicle than this hatch. The vehicle is supposedly a hybrid plug-in with a turbo boxed motor and electric motors that feed the front axle. There is nothing confirming the development of this model, either.

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