In the Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept reveal at the Tokyo Motor Show this morning, you could hear the rumble of the high-performance boxer under the hood of the sedan. This is Subaru’s preview of the next-generation WRX and WRX STI performance sedans coming in 2019 as a 2020MY.
A muscular, flare-fendered, four-door sport sedan, the VPC is, in Subaru’s own words, intended to “deliver enjoyment and peace of mind” to its customers while evoking a design philosophy of “DYNAMIC x SOLID.” [Subaru insists that it is not yelling, merely being emphatic.] The vehicle is also meant to integrate the latest in driver-assistance technology, built around Subaru’s EyeSight distance cruise control and collision prevention system. It is surprisingly attractive, for a Subaru, which is to say, more than simply functional and unpretentious and rugged with a smattering of premium materials. It looks kind of French.
Like pretty much every special edition Subaru these days, the S208 is limited to Japan only. Subaru will produce just 450 units, 350 of which will be NBR Challenge-optioned cars. Furthermore, since demand is so high, Subaru’s set up a Lottery system on the car’s website for people to enter to get the privilege to purchase one.