The 2023 Tokyo Auto Show has witnessed a notable influx of electric sports car concepts, offering a refreshing contrast in a market increasingly dominated by crossovers. Several major automakers showcased their innovative creations.
Toyota revealed the striking FT-Se, Mazda introduced the sleek Iconic SP featuring a rotary range-extender, Honda revived the iconic Prelude name, and Nissan provided a tantalizing glimpse into the future of the GT-R. Subaru also made its mark by unveiling the robust Sport Mobility concept, characterized by its rugged wheel arches and vibrant blue accents.
While Subaru remained tight-lipped about specific technical details, the company did confirm that the concept was electrically powered and emphasized that it “evokes the evolution of the Subaru Sport values.”
This suggests a potentially high-performance powertrain. Subaru hinted at the driver’s ability to control all four wheels, implying the incorporation of all-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering. Although an accurate size comparison is difficult without direct reference, the Sport Mobility appears to be relatively compact.
The Sport Mobility concept boasts a muscular and assertive design characterized by its squared-off front end and boxy fenders. Blue accents add a pop of color against the gray bodywork, drawing attention to the rectangular front intake, front hood vent, and separate fenders – a styling choice reminiscent of the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP.
The concept’s visual appeal is further enhanced by forged carbon fiber elements adorning the front and rear bumpers, side sills, and aero wheel covers. The slim headlights terminate with hexagonal housings, reminiscent of the auxiliary lights typically seen on rally cars, a realm in which Subaru has ample experience.
The rear end mirrors the front with narrow taillights and prominently illuminated “Subaru” badging. Subaru released a single interior photo that exhibits a surprisingly production-ready appearance, featuring a rectangular steering wheel, conventional-looking screens, and a plethora of physical buttons.
Regrettably, the likelihood of the Subaru Sport Mobility concept transitioning to production remains low. Nevertheless, it serves as evidence that Subaru is exploring the realm of electric performance vehicles. With an electric STI model anticipated by the end of the decade, there is potential for some of the concept’s striking design elements to influence future fast Subarus.