Subaru has been busy testing the next-generation WRX STI. Well, it may be the STI. The big wing out back lends some credence to that theory, but it could be that the basic WRX is getting new action in the back section. Time will tell.

In either case, spy photographers nabbed a few shots of the heavily camouflaged sedan running around the Nürburgring. Unfortunately, it looks as if Subaru has taken some of the sexy out of the WRX Concept we saw at the New York Auto Show, leaving this car looking more derivative of the current model than a revolution in design. The bold power bulge has disappeared from the vehicle's hood and the lower fascia looks far more demure than the the wild concept. Likewise, the muscular rear fenders have been toned down substantially.

The result is a car that looks more like a mildly warmed over version of the current model than a production version of the WRX Concept. Still, engineers and designers may have a long way to go before the finished product hits the market, so we'll reserve final judgement for now. After all, the early BRZ mules were nothing short of a travesty to look at, and we know how that turned out. Hope springs eternal.

UPDATE: Our spy photographers just sent over a second set of photos showing this Subaru prototype running 'round the 'Ring. Have a look in our updated gallery, here.


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      GTO-Mugiwara
      • 1 Year Ago
      I knew Subaru would do this to us again. They did it last time with the current body Impreza. Showing a badass concept and then a watered down execution and final product. Hope they make changes and read blog comments. Don't show us hawk eye lights, carbon roof, $12k BBS rims and clean fenders for nothing. Concept cars don't count Subaru! Repent and give us the concept :D Stick with the concept design and watch the company make sales.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      if you look at the 2010 impreza concept you will see that it looks very very similar to the 2013 WRX concept. therefore, sadly, the production WRX will look very similar to the current impreza well im honestly not that sad about it, just confused as to why its taking 3 years to make a WRX from an impreza
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess the BRZ is still their best looking design.
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        You mean Toyota's best design?
          Richard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Richard
          You are right. Toyota: "Subaru, we need you guys to work on the powertrain. Do not touch ANY exterior aesthetics ie. body panels, trim, headlights. Nothing! We repeat, DO NOT TOUCH ANY EXTERIOR COMPONENTS OF THE CAR!" Subaru: "Okay, can we maybe put our badge on the BRZ" Toyota: ".....Ok" End result = BRZ
          k.naz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Richard
          It was a collaboration.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shouldn't we save our opinions until we can actually see the car?
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        Nonsense. People would have nothing to complain about then.
      Garrett Rein
      • 1 Year Ago
      Abysmal failure compared to the concept. Looks like a heaping pile of ass.
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did the clock strike midnight and beauty turn back to the beast?
      Murcie_LP640
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't it look a little TOO suspiciously like the current Impreza, y'know considering they were supposedly going to a new platform and all that? Seems fishy. I'm still holding out on it until they actually reveal the production version.
        Brandon Allen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Murcie_LP640
        If the WRX is becoming more hardcore, smaller and more expensive, I feel pretty strongly that Subaru sales will suffer because people love the WRX for it's fun and versatility under 30 grand. If you ask me, this isn't a "WRX" but instead, it's an "Impreza GT". Basically, the WRX is replacing the STI in price and performance leaving a big gap for the volume seller which is currently the WRX. If you recall, Subaru tried to water down the WRX in 2008, people complained so they bumped up the power of the WRX in 2009 but still offered the 230hp turbo impreza for 1 or two more years as an "Impreza GT" If the new WRX is going to be smaller, more powerful and more hardcore performance oriented which is what they have said for the past 5 years, I bet you they are going to re-introduce a turbo Impreza to the lineup. This is probably that car with a wing tacked onto it because they are on the friggin Nurburg ring.
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am praying this is just the the test mule they have been dragging around for the past few years...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        [blocked]
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        its clearly not. If it were a test mule, it would either be the 2011 WRX sedan body style or a plain vanilla Impreza with a hood scoop. NOPE this is the real deal
      daboss572
      • 1 Year Ago
      nooooooooooooooooo
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow I'm SO surprised, positively SHOCKED, that Subaru would show us a sexy concept and fail to translate most of it into a production model. I CANNOT believe I didn't see this coming. Never. The last remaining hope is a hatchback model, the only STI I'd be interested in. Let's see if that is any better.
        Kuro Houou
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't make a hatchback at all this time. IF its no longer based on the Impreaza then I cant' see them making a hatch.
      Buck
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well...i have to admit I am disappointed in the direction Subaru chose. I knew the NY car was probably a bit over the top but this is just not something I'll think about anymore.
        Pedro Soto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Buck
        AGREED. Wow, how disappointing is THAT? It's not even in the same league as the concept. I wonder just why even release the concept at all?
      Bryan Pizzuti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like it's still an Impreza WRX based on that body.
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