• Jun 20th 2007 at 8:01PM
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UPDATE: We fell for this one hook, line and sinker. The car seen below has been determined by many a member of NASIOC to not be a Subaru WRX STi. While no one knows what it is for sure exactly, most are betting on the next-gen Matrix or a new CUV from Toyota.

The original Suburu WRX STi sold in the U.S. was known for its obnoxiously large rear wing. It was functional, to be sure, but gaudy nonetheless and made the car stand out in a crowd, or on a highway, like a sore thumb painted Rally Blue. We've shown you a pair of renderings previewing what some believe the new, next-gen WRX STi five-door hatch will look like, and both were sporting moderately sized rear wings placed atop the rear hatch. Since the STi will now be a hatchback instead of a sedan, there's no longer a flat rear deck on which to affix the STi's mega wing, or so we thought. This spy shot taken by f1mania, a member of the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, shows an STi mule covered from roof to contact patch with black cladding. There's no way Subaru engineers could hide that rear wing, however, which proves that the STi's phat rear wing will live on.

Thanks for the tip, wigglesxjr!

[Source: NASIOC]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      not a STI, not even a SUBARU. this car has framed windows, doesn't even match the right lines. this my friends is a lame Toyota Matrix
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shit, a Toyota Auris!! PLEASE let them bring it over with AWD instead of Fail-Wheel-Drive!! Then again, it could be the Toyota Ractis or the Daihatsu Sirion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Come on Autoblog, you are better than this. That is most certainly not a Subaru. If you bothered reading through the thread at NASIOC you would have realized that. Subaru's designers are not THAT stupid. They know they need to make the STI look awesome, and a spoiler like that would be a disaster of the highest order. Subaru is going to get the STI right, just wait for Tokyo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree that Autoblogers should do a little more research. There have been a lot of miss info lately. I understand that opinion isnt info but at lest get some good facts before you put it out there. even my 12 year old brother could spot that the green house on that is different than the pictures of the subie. If it isnt a matrix/vibe then someone has cloned that roof line.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm taking 'Next gen Aztek' in the office pool.
      • 8 Years Ago

      pwned autoblog.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw this vehicle today in southern california (between Orange County and Los Angeles- I was not driving so I can't recall where exactly we were at). I could not mistake that rear wing it was huge and I was kicking myself for not having a camera on me. Here is a tidbit of info though AUTOBLOG, it was following another fully masked off test vehicle, a rather large size SUV with what appeard to be a FORD style/shaped front grill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what do you drive Matt?
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeah, i might have been a bit hastey...later in the thread the suspicion that it is a 2008 STi is rather convincingly debunked...i believe some other automotive blog labeled it as some sort of toyota? also, a quite glance at the window frames/front passenger air vent shows that it is clearly not a 2008 impreza...sorry ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I suspect that's the 2nd-generation Toyota Matrix, and not a Subaru WRX STI, lurking under all that camo...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drive a 2007 Pontiac G6 GT. A lovely vehicle, if ONLY for the fact that it doesn't pretend it can do 200 MPH.

      I'll take my very low road noise, actual torque, V6 refinement, and the ability to not make people want to puke over some riced out pile of Subie garbage any day, thanks. :)

      Something about a WRX being able to do 4 second 0-60's.... twice before the clutch goes. :(
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yeah, here's an idea for you mindless fanboys out there: READ THE CONTEXT AND WORDS OF A COMMENT BEFORE REPLYING. Thanks!

        I believe I was simply implying that a) no Subaru on the face of this earth will ever move fast enough to require the assistance of a spoiler, and b) I was making fun of the size of such a spoiler. In no way was this knocking anything Subaru has done, except for their eccentric choice in styling. That's about it. Done. Thanks.

        With that being said, I'm kind've finding it hard to believe a mid-sized sedan would have "lower quality plastics" than some Japanese compact car, especially a Subaru. And my apologies for your lack of torque... it feels GOOD, let me tell you.

        Also! I'm fairly certain I EXPECT rental cars to break down. Pretty sure I don't know a soul who doesn't beat the ever-living PISS out of rentals, so yeah, I HOPE your rental died. You should fuckin' feel PROUD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOOK at that thing!! It's huge!
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