The Subaru Impreza has always been an ugly car, plain and simple. But we’ve been willing to overlook that detestable facade because it’s wrapped around the underpinnings of a 4WD rocket. Its performance cred alone has won our hearts and excused its appearance as just another atrocious Japanese saloon car with a big wing and rally wheels. But secretly, we’ve harbored this desire to chop the back doors off and massage that bodywork into something we could call – dare we say – sexy! Something we could wholeheartedly fall in love with.
Well, some guy named Lars Martensson has done just that.
Going by the name of GRID, Martensson spends most of his days crafting 3-D renderings for video games like Rallisport Challenge 2 and Battlefield 2 for X-Box. But now he’s released his vision for what the STI should have been, and perhaps could be if the white collars over at Subaru would pause their fetish for “Green” long enough to hear our belabored cries for a “Lean, Sexy Subie at Last!”
The front nose is menacing and angry looking and gives the entire vehicle a bestial personality. The rear end, God bless Grid, the rear end is fantastic, and nearly seductive, something no Impreza (or Lancer for that matter) has ever been. Wide tires, a rear-diffuser, and tasteful rear wing over the new hatchback design introduced in the STI’s latest iteration betray supercar levels of performance matched with similar levels of aesthetic appeal. And while the roofline slant may be a bit aggressive even for us, we’d gladly duck when entering the driver’s seat and park it in our driveways.