Subaru teases VIZIV Performance STi concept

Radical concept car hints at future WRX STi

Subaru has released teaser images of a performance-orientated STi version of last year’s VIZIV Performance concept car. The radically-styled concept is set to be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon later this month.

The VIZIV STi will be the seventh Subaru concept to bear the VIZIV name – said to be verbal shorthand for "vision for innovation”. While technical details have not been announced, the images released show that the VIZIV has sprouted spoilers, intakes, splitters, large alloy wheels and flared wheel arches, along with plenty of red detailing and an aggressive front-end treatment. It’s likely that the concept will offer a glimpse of what a new WRX STi production car could look like.

Compared to the most recent Subaru WRX STi, last year’s non-STi VIZIV concept was slightly larger – the distance between front and rear axles was extended to 2,730mm, and width increased to 1,950mm across its wheelarches. Last year’s VIZIV concept retained a 'boxer' engine and four-wheel drive, so it’s likely that the STi version will too.

Last year’s concept also previewed Subaru's semi-autonomous driver assistance features, which are expected in 2020. These include an enhanced EyeSight dual-camera assistance system, but there's no word yet on which other Performance Concept features will make it to the showroom.

Previously, Carbuyer learned that the next WRX STi will use hybrid power and a CVT automatic gearbox. Speaking to Subaru UK marketing director Chris Hawken, Carbuyer learned that the production car will use the newest Impreza’s underpinnings, a car that was designed to use hybrid technology.

Recommended

New Subaru Solterra electric SUV: prices, specs and release date
2022 Subaru Solterra - front 3/4 view
Subaru
21 Apr 2022

New Subaru Solterra electric SUV: prices, specs and release date

Most Popular

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?
Police car - open boot
Tips and advice
19 May 2022

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Fiat 500 deals
Deals
20 May 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?
Mazda3s at Bristol port
Car buying
17 May 2022

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
3 Feb 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022