- Subaru Viziv Performance concept

Rumour: Subaru returning to WRC with a new Hot-Hatch

Is the legend coming back?

1y ago

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It's been a decade since Subaru last entered the World Rally Car class and some 15 years since it's last major victory, yet if you ask most people what's the ultimate rally car and there is a high chance they will say Subaru.

Rumours out of Japan now say that Subaru is working on a new hot-hatch in the B segment rivaling models like the Fiesta or Polo to gain more of a foothold in Europe. What's more Subaru plans to use the car as a platform to return to the World Rally Championship. All of this comes from a Japanese site Response and is only a rumour so take a grain of salt.

There are no ideas as to how the car might look at the moment, all the pictures in this article are of the 2017 Subaru Viziv Performance concept

There are no ideas as to how the car might look at the moment, all the pictures in this article are of the 2017 Subaru Viziv Performance concept

There seems to be some truth amongst all the rumours, as Autosports Rally Editor David Evans told Motor1 that the brand is being pushed to enter WRC by Toyota he said "[Toyota boss] Akio Toyoda is pushing them very hard to join the series to race against Toyota,"

What's less likely is Response's claim that the car is meant to be ready for the 2020 season. At the moment Subaru doesn't produce any cars in this segment, so unless the program is well underway and under tight lock and kept from prying eyes it's rather unlikely we will see Subaru mount an assault on the WRC in 2020

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Comments (2)

  • And please not make it electric!

      1 year ago
  • Ultimate rally car? Do yourself a favor and look up “Stratos”, “S1 quattro”, “DS3” and well... Actually, it’s not just Subaru but WRC as a whole that could do with some “comeback”. Now that Loeb retired, came back, dominated, and only European Manufacturers that don’t make actual race cars for any of us to buy for the street are left in the sport. To say “EV” is coming to WRC in 2020 is crazy and weird: imagine all the cash that will go into the R&D and builds to service a dying sport. Bring back the “world famous” WRC of the 70’s! Who doesn’t wanna see a Tesla-Glickenhaus trade stage times through Arches National Park with a Subaru-Red Bull and an Audi-Williams-Porsche? But I won’t hold my breath for such greatness...

      1 year ago
    • you can ease of a bit, rallying isn't possible with battery electric vehicles as the technology is a hopeless dead end and you can't manipulate the sport to make it work or let alone make it look exciting like formula e (wich is just a retarded...

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        1 year ago
    • I do love Lancias, Audis and other relatively more succesfull rally cars, regardless in the general publics eye Subaru is seen as the ultimate rally car, meanwhile if you ask a random person on the street what is a Lancia chances are they will...

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        1 year ago
  • Subaru back in the WRC? Make it happen.

      1 year ago
  • I want to see Subaru make a proper comeback into the UK market. They pretty much stuck 2 fingers up to petrol heads when they stopped selling their performance models here.

      1 year ago
  • Allways good to see Rally content on DT, but you manage to get allmost everything wrong in the first paragraph. Subaru entered the sport somewhere in the 80s and left it 10 years ago (i assume that is just typing error), their last championship was won just 15 years ago and the Impreza is seen as the ultimate rallye car mostly by people of the "the fast and the need for speed" generation who havn't got a clue about rallying. Nevertheless it would be great to see them back, this time with a car that isn't a failure. I wouldn't be surprised if they would be entered more or less as the Toyota B-team with some shared development.

      1 year ago
    • oops, my wording was a little off I admit especially the first sentence, however I believe that you will find most 'people' are the fast & furious kind of people

        1 year ago
    • well true, honest rally enthusiasts that go beyond of watching a couple of group b compilations on youtube are a rather rare breed, a shame considering the sport is so exciting.

        1 year ago
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