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Next WRX to eat Audi S3 for breakfast

2006-09-19 07:42

Leading the pack: All-new WRX to be launched in 2008

Subaru gave us a big clue with the showing of their B5 concept, and the Impreza and WRX models are following the B5's lead with a dramatic makeover which turns its trunk into a hatchback!

Yes, that's right: The WRX, as seen here, will be a hatchback when the new model makes it's debut for the 2008 model year. Just like the B5 Concept.

And, we're hearing the Impreza name may even change with the introduction of the new car, but we can't imagine Subaru dropping the WRX designation.

As for power ? we're anticipating a big update to their 2.5 liter H4 turbo, with an output of about 240 kW.

This could make the next WRX the king of hot hatches as it will compete against cars such as the Audi S3 and VW Golf R32 - both with less power.

Its fiercest competitor will probably be the upcoming BMW 135ti which is to get a 3-litre turbo engine with a power output of about 225 kW.


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