Subaru will be introducing the next WRX in 2014 as an entirely separate model from the Impreza range.

The WRX will become a sport coupe of its own with a very different design from the new Impreza. The two models will continue to share a platform but the upcoming WRX will have a shortened wheelbase for better handling.

Says a Subaru source to Motor Trend:

"The first thing you must understand about our all-new WRX is that we have developed it from the ground up to win in motorsports events. That's why we have focused so heavily on weight issues, not to mention a shorter wheelbase that permits faster, more precise turn-in. Marry that to our proven AWD system, and we think we have a winner."

The WRX will also feature a variant STI upon which a future WRC rally car will be based - a competition which Subaru plans to return to.

The standard 2014 Subaru WRX will likely feature a 1.6 liter turbocharged boxer unit with around 270 PS (199 kW / 266 bhp), although Subaru is also working on a twin-charged supercharger system.

The WRX STI variant will feature that same powerplant setup dialed up to around the 304 PS (224 kW / 300 bhp) mark for a true WRC-linked road rager.

Check out the source link below to see Motor Trend's rendering.

Special thanks to WCF member DdW for the rendering!

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