• May 27th 2009 at 7:57PM
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Lars Martensson's Subaru Impreza WRX STI concept - click above for a high-res gallery

It's fair to say that Subaru has enjoyed a run of strong product in recent years, as well as an exponential credibility increase in enthusiast's eyes, essentially ever since the automaker began shipping over the Impreza WRX back in 2001. Those considerable achievements aside, it's likewise fair to say that Subaru has yet to well-and-truly crack the aesthetics portion of the modern carbuilding equation, having produced some daring (if ungainly) entries like the origina B9 Tribeca and a series of aggressive yet unpretty Impreza variants. And while we applaud originality, we think the folks at Fuji Heavy Industries could use a consistent design force, a man (or woman) with a mission that's out in the public eye as something of a known quantity. Think: General Motors' Ed Welburn, former Mazda-turned-Tesla wunderkind Franz von Holzhausen, former BMW lightning rod Chris Bangle, etc.

All of this is not to say that the man behind the WRX STI rally car renderings shown here has the answers, but we know one thing: When passing these images around Autoblog's (virtual) offices, we all couldn't help but say something to the effect of: "Oooooh, damn that's hot!" – a phrase we can't remember associating with Subaru, much as we love driving the vehicles themselves. In any case, these images come courtesy of one Lars Martensson (apparently better known on the interwebs by his handle 'GRID)', a man who spends his days crafting 3D renderings for videogames (Rallisport Challenge 2 for xBox, Battlefield 2 for PC). To us, this Swede has a handle on what the STI needs to be: Squat, mean, and purposeful. Okay, so perhaps the cut-down greenhouse wouldn't leave much room for taller folks (much less a helmet), but if one of these were parked in our driveway, well... we'd happily squat a little.

Check out the high-res image gallery below, and click on the jump for the video.

[Source: 3dluvr.com via Jalopnik]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd grab a coupe or 3 door anydae over a 4 door, heels yeuh! I remember the 3rd gen Sti was a coupe (2.5RS non turbo in the states) I hear you can just drop in the NEW one's engine and tranny, fits like a glove of the appropriate type.

      Badass Mr. GRID I'd buy one with them appealing looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And people complained about the smiling Mazda3? This thing is way more freakish looking and still is not that great, even if it is a bit striking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kind of like a chiseled Scirocco
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess if they gave up the big leagues of rally they might as well go for "street cred".

      Of course in reality we all know the next STI can only be exponentially uglier than the current one, that's how they roll.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The WRX STi is based on an Impreza, an economy car. I don't see a mass-market Impreza under all this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Subbies get prettier, I'd consider that a bad sign. It means the bigwigs are catering to main stream demands, and that usually means porkier, less hard core cars. Just look at BMW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great, but I don't think the proportions are practical.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've never cared for subaru's, even though the STI can be modded to do some crazy things --

      THIS concept - has me interested. I would buy it and I would love it. Might be a step down from what I'm used to (08 Z06), ive had the pleasure of tooling around in a 4wd car though...

      looks amazing, hope something like that comes out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoa.. modern day DeLorean!
      • 6 Years Ago

      would buy at any price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the coolest cars I've ever seen. Nice to see they're improving this years ugly model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd definitely love to see this car do rally.
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