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]