Subaru's Tokyo Story Is Bold Future Design And WRX STI Awesomeness

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And it's all as quirky as ever.

Set to debut in late 2016, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is already well into development, and now the automaker has revealed a new concept to preview that car. The Impreza 5-Door Concept is a bold, compact hatchback with what Subaru describes as having a "Dynamic & Solid" surface structure, creating a three-dimensional and solid body. That hexagonal grille is present along with "hawk-eye headlights." Note how the rear fenders thrust all the way toward the rear combination lights in order to "express a Wide & Low stance similar to the front."

Basically, Subaru is indicating the 2017 Impreza will take on a much bolder look than the current, somewhat frumpy looking model. Subaru also claims this design language is a preview for future models beyond the Impreza as well. Cool. Could this also be a hint to the next WRX STI? We hope so. And speaking of the WRX STI, Subaru has also unveiled the WRX STI S207 Limited Edition. Based off the current STI, a total of just 400 units are planned. Described as the "world's most enjoyable vehicle" (seriously, their words), there's a total of 330 hp, a fully adjustable suspension, torque vectoring, Brembo brakes, 19-inch rims and tires, and a large front spoiler.

Inside there are STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats and customized sports instruments. There's even an optional special Nurburgring Challenge Package (limited to 200 units) with a custom carbon rear spoiler and unique badging commemorating Subaru's victory in the SP3T class in the 2015 Nurburgring 24-Hour. Only three body colors are available, WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White, and Crystal Black. Just 100 units will be painted "NBR Challenge Package Yellow." No word whether US customers can place an order but we get the impression this is Japan-only.

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