Following the Viziv Performance concept shown at last year's Tokyo motor show, Subaru has revealed an STI version, foreshadowing the next WRX STI

Subaru has unveiled a new concept car, the Viziv Performance STI, at the Tokyo Auto Salon, previewing the brand's intention for the future of the STI sub-brand.

The new design is a more focused version of the Viziv Performance saloon concept revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last October, with revised bumpers and sills, some other small styling tweaks and the addition of a huge spoiler.

The original Viziv Performance was described by Subaru as a sports saloon drawing on the race and rally heritage of the Legacy, Impreza and WRX. Few technical details were released, save that it retained Subaru's traditional set-up of a boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive.

This Viziv Performance STI, then, previews the next WRX STI hot hatch, which will be based on Subaru's new Global Platform and is due on sale in 2020. Subaru describes the concept as "embodying the brand's vision for the future of making cars that deliver enjoyment and peace of mind to its customers". 

No technical details about the concept have been revealed, but the next WRX STI is expected to be a plug-in hybrid

The most recent WRX STI, powered by a 305bhp 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine, went off sale in the UK at the end of last year.

Subaru is also displaying STI Performance versions of the Japanese-market BRZ STI Sport and Levorg STI Sport models on its stand at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Read more

Subaru Viziv Performance concept details next-generation WRX

Next Subaru WRX due in 2020 as 'driver's car' with electrified powertrains

Next Subaru WRX STI set for hybrid reinvention

Subaru WRX STI S208 Special Edition is new range-topper

Our Verdict

Subaru WRX STI

The WRX STI is back, but is this generation of Subaru's hot saloon a match for the all-paw Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R?

Join the debate


12 January 2018

Yeah , this looks more like a Subaru you’d want to own, but is it enough..?, there are more faster, better built handle better Cars out there now, it’s going to have to be really out there to beat them.

Peter Cavellini.

12 January 2018

The window line strangely looks like a Skoda Octavia.

But this is a good looking car, a change from the sea of SUVs. Shame we won't see it.

12 January 2018

I am not in the targeted demographic but I think it does "in your face" pretty well, almost as if Lamborghini designed a WRX.

13 January 2018

I adore Scoobies - the way the handle the way the look the way they sound but I absolutely would never buy one because the living room furnite is from woolworths or walmart or at best Ikea. They MUST sort out their interior design and quality. They need a visit to Audi production line - any model they wish. Then they might understand. Love the shape of this and I know it will be a belter - but please Scoobie fix the bloody living room because the kitchen is fine

what's life without imagination

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • BMW X3
    Car review
    19 January 2018
    The stakes have never been higher for BMW’s mid-sized SUV, now the X3 in its third generation. So can it deliver?
  • Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    19 January 2018
    Better looks, better value, better range, stronger performance and a quiet and relaxing drive make the Nissan Leaf a leading EV contender again
  • Volkswagen Up GTI
    First Drive
    18 January 2018
    Funky, light, enjoyable and even reasonably priced, the Volkswagen Up GTI is a car to be appreciated on its own compelling terms
  • Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 110 Redline
    First Drive
    18 January 2018
    Our first flavour of the 1.0 TSI-engined Skoda Fabia on UK roads shows it’s versatile but not all that sporty
  • Ford Ecosport 1.0 Ecoboost 125 Zetec front
    First Drive
    18 January 2018
    Can the updated Ford Ecosport improve its reputation and become the small SUV of choice, or is it another misguided effort from the Blue Oval?