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    Quote Originally Posted by Yargk View Post
    I think the new WRX looks good. It's not perfect, but it's better than all the designs from 2002 to 2013. From 2002 to 2013, the WRX has gone through so many different looks that made it seem like the designers were on a different drug every couple years. Now it seems they finally have gotten back on track. Why? Because it kinda looks like this:



    You are out of your mind. Not even close. Old > new. By a long shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiftingLanes View Post
    You are out of your mind. Not even close. Old > new. By a long shot.
    Not saying it's better than the old design from 2000. I'm saying:

    1. It's definitely inspired by the pre-2002 design (Look at the angles of the lights and openings in the front of the car. )

    2. I like the looks better than the 2002-2013 designs, that's just my opinion.

    Besides, if it has the right mechanicals, why do we care how it looks?! I thought WRX owners were big tech/engineering nerds (my favorite people ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiftingLanes View Post
    You are out of your mind. Not even close. Old > new. By a long shot.
    Every WRX has looked bland in some way. The 2015 represents some of the most significant changes by Subaru and for those of us living in 2013 it's their best and most modern design. I think we need to wait for the first test drive reviews before we can really rate the car though - with DI and a more responsive setup on paper, this might turn out to be the most awesome WRX ever. Now if it drives like a Corolla, then I'd be pissed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yargk View Post
    Not saying it's better than the old design from 2000. I'm saying:

    1. It's definitely inspired by the pre-2002 design (Look at the angles of the lights and openings in the front of the car. )

    2. I like the looks better than the 2002-2013 designs, that's just my opinion.

    Besides, if it has the right mechanicals, why do we care how it looks?! I thought WRX owners were big tech/engineering nerds (my favorite people ).
    Well what I meant to address was when you said "it kinda looks like this" which, IMO, is not true. Roof line, stance, body shape, angles, and almost everything else looks nothing like the old one. Which is what I meant by Old > new. Should have specified. The only thing that looks remotely similar is the fog light housing division. The old one isn't boring at all. The lines are sexy, the giant fog lights are very cool, and the side skirts look sporty. The new one looks like someone slapped a "sport" badge on any other sedan out there. Blech.

    I will reserve judgement on driving feel when I do drive this car, but from a strictly outward appearance, this doesn't do it for me. This one is bland. Old one is not. Bugeyes aren't bland either. If something has the right mechanicals, that's all well and good, but if I walk away and look back at my car and cringe, I would think I'd have made a grave mistake. I don't buy a car for what someone else thinks so I wouldn't really care about the opinion of others (speaking about my friends and family since most everyone I know hates the way my '14 hatch looks), but I couldn't live with myself seeing this car every day. I think it looks nothing like the concept, hasn't hit the mark, is poorly designed on the outside, and I am SOOOOO glad I did not wait and pounced on a GR. This is BY FAR the worst looking WRX ever made.

    They're going to sell the **** out of it, though. FWIW, I'm super jealous of the interior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiftingLanes View Post
    The old one isn't boring at all. The lines are sexy, the giant fog lights are very cool, and the side skirts look sporty. The new one looks like someone slapped a "sport" badge on any other sedan out there. Blech.
    The old one you talk about looks like a 2001 Corolla with alloys, a hood scoop, spoiler, deleted rear window pillar and some extra skirting. Not a fender flare in sight. And you find this to be sexy?

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    It's a fine and more than capable car, but it looks more like my aunt than the 19 year old babe-next-door. That's just my opinion, maybe you'll like my aunt more.

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    Yeah, this doesn't look like the concept. Sure it has retained a lot of the broad strokes but it is lacking some very important details. The biggest one being that this new version retained none of the wide body look that was present in the concept, that's a pretty major difference.

    Honestly if they reveal the STi in Detroit next year and it has that wide body with a spoiler on the back, I'm in. Otherwise I'll stick with the current generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Logics View Post
    The old one you talk about looks like a 2001 Corolla with alloys, a hood scoop, spoiler, deleted rear window pillar and some extra skirting. Not a fender flare in sight.

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    It's a fine and more than capable car, but it looks more like my aunt than the 19 year old babe-next-door. That's just my opinion, maybe you'll like my aunt more.
    Haha solid point, but I still think the older one is better. I do see the similarities. There's a case that the new one looks like the new Carolla as well. You also have to remember what you're comparing in that picture, though. In the 90s, for commuter cars, nothing really looked all that different. Between ANY company. The hood scoop, the tail, the giant fog lights, all those differentiated the Impreza from the Corolla. Also, the 2001 Corolla is more round in the trunk, front end, no back window rubber split, and less aggressive bumper. The 90s Impreza was vastly better looking that any small sedan of the era. I think it's all a matter of perspective. I choose to see the differences in the old model and how they stand out and make the car look better than say, the Corolla in your example. I think it looks more like the nerdy girl who, behind the glasses and overalls, looks like a total hottie (Rachel Leigh Cook anyone?).

    The new model does not do that. I cannot see differences that make it stand out from other sedans in a positive way. There are way better looking, comparatively priced sedans out there now. They were lazy and missed the mark. They had a chance to make something truly amazing looking and they didn't. Subaru has a history of underwhelming, sure, but I was hoping for once, they didn't. Well, they did.

    Edit: a fender flare doesn't make a car sexy. Wide body isn't and shouldn't be necessary to make an impressionable and well thought out design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiftingLanes View Post
    They were lazy and missed the mark.
    I get what you are saying, but for the first time I don't think Subaru have been lazy. In the past they have refreshed the designs but not really updated that much in any single step. This time round they appear to have completely redesigned the majority of the car. For people like you, me and plenty of other forum members, we all agree that Subaru could have been a little more bold. From Subaru's perspective they they have not only put out a more modern and fun design, but also great platform to grow with once they get feedback from the market. You might want the 2017 version, but in relative terms the 2015 appears to be a huge step forward for Subaru.

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    I can't imagine the curvature of the rear roofline helps interior headroom at all. The rear diffuser is busy.

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    Now that the 15' WRX has revealed. I want to believe this will look like the new STI minus the hybrid badge.

    The Hybrid version will be introduce in some years later. Once Subaru confirms the new Lancer EVO goes Hybrid to keep up with its arch rival. Come to think of it...Mitsubishi already has confirmed it.

    *Note: The WRX pictured is lowered, Rear wing, Enkei wheels? It looks much more aggressive here. However it is the same body design. That quarter glass is killing me tho.


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    Once again Subaru has already said the STI would feature wider rear fenders and trunk spoiler as well as brembos. And I wouldn't worry about the Evo back in 2011 they said the X would be the end of the Evolution and I can already imagine the hate they would get keeping it going as a hybrid. I didn't even know it was still in production for the 2014 year they barely sell the 4000 or so that are made a year for the US. Subaru sells at least 1000 WRX or STI a month here.
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    I actually like that little 2001 Corolla. I learned to drive on a 95 Geo Prizm which was basically a rebadged Corolla of that generation. Zippy little cars in the 5spd that could handle like a go-cart.
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