Earlier this week, we got all hot and bothered over a set of spy photos showing the next-generation Subaru WRX STI testing at the Nürburgring. And while pretty still shots of a camouflaged car are always nice to look at, stirring up lots of speculation, having video is even better. Good thing, then, that our trusty spies were on hand to get some rolling footage of that STI as it lapped the infamous German track.

Now, as a good majority of the comments on our previous post will point out, it looks like Subaru has dumbed down the design of that decidedly hot WRX Concept from New York for the road-going car. Of course, we need to wait until all that swirly paper is pulled off the body, but from what we can see here, it looks like this new 'Rex will be more akin to the current Impreza than we were originally led to believe.

So while we wait and hope that what's under the camouflage will be something sexy, have a look at the video below to watch the WRX STI prototype get worked out on the 'Ring.
Spy Video of Next-Gen Subaru WRX STI on the Nurburgring


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      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish everyone would quit wishing and hoping that this is a test mule and not the production car. It is clearly without a doubt the production car. Face it, we are not getting a WRX that looks like the concept, just like we didnt get an Impreza that looked anything like the concept. How do i know this is the production model? Because it is unique - fender flares unlike the WRX - headlight shape unique - bumper and grill inlets unlike any other impreza - spoiler unique - roofline different - window framing unlike the impreza - rear bumper and under spoiler are unique. Face it folks, this is the real deal and not a test mule. If it were a test mule it would look much closer to a 2012 WRX sedan.
        rastaD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        Reality accepted; I agree. I was really excited about the concept but this is what we will get. Not to say it's bad looking, it's just not the must-have new-gen sports car. Instead, its the next-gen WRX that everyone originally expected. I'm sure it will be a fun ride. As a post Alaska resident, I must pass along my thanks to Subaru for allowing northerners continued access to fun, year round transportation.
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        THANK YOU!
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      At what point do Subaru designers just get so frustrated that their great concept designs don't get used, that they just walk out?? I'm only half joking here, but clearly there is a decent amount of design talent at Subaru. They obviously know how to design a good looking car. The recent WRX Concept, and a few previous concepts prove it. But time and again, management or someone else decides not to use those great designs at all when it comes time for production. As a designer, I would get incredibly frustrated with the process where I put in a ton of work in coming up with a cool concept, but when production time comes, you're told to "eh... lets just bulge out the fenders by 13.5% from the existing Impreza and call it a day". I'm still holding onto the hope that this is just a mule, but those hopes are fading fast.
        Bryan Pizzuti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Concepts are generally hand-made and make zero concession to safety or other basic engineering concerns. You can make it look like whatever you want because you don't have to worry about how it drives, or even if it drives. Many don't have engines or interiors. Including the WRX concept, by the way.
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        It's because of production costs, and safety regulations. Welcome to reality, just applies to all design-related fields...
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @over9000
          You have no idea what you are talking about, do you? It costs the same to make a good-looking car as it does to make an ugly one. Creating tooling to stamp out a fender that mimics the concept, versus one that mimics the current boring Impreza is pretty much the same damn cost. If they have to pay for new tooling, material and parts anyways, then there are nominal differences in price. Same deal with the hood, the roof and any other part of this car. Trying to pawn off bad styling on "safety regulations" or because of costs proves how ignorant you are. Neither of those excuses have stopped other car makers. There some some great looking cars out there today and many of them quite affordable. Subaru simply doesn't "get it" when it comes to styling, and that's a shame because their cars are great.
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @over9000
          ummm no it doesn't. That means the STI will have a different factory and production line than the base Impreza if it had different proportions. In fact, the sheet metal underneath (unibody chasis) is the same as the Impreza to save costs. Nominal differences in costs for the difference in parts? You don't know economies of scale do you? I think you should take some economics courses. You clearly have no exposure to the automobile design industry. I suggest you read books on NHTSA or automobile safety regulations. You might be surprised what you find there... like how automakers must put reflectors and why US vehicles are required to use yellow instead of clear ones in Europe... You're a moron.
      antacid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im amazed that they are doing everything they said they wouldnt do and NOTHING they said they would. It doesnt even have the wider wheel base like last year.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Vladymyr Martsinkovs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Personally I don't think this is a mule. If you look closely, it is actually wide body-ish... It has the same lines as the current sti, but not as pronounced. The air vents behind the front wheels are also there. There are many other details that suggest that this is actually a production model: it has a wing, it has a redesigned hood scoop, the bumpers are different, a black sticker covers what looks like an sti badge, it has a brake light on the rear diffuser, the side skirts are new, and I'm sure there's plenty more...
      LegacyGT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been concerned because I didn't think the current Impreza platform could support WRX/STI levels of performance. Hard to know how fast this prototype is going but it seems pretty buttoned down around the corners. And this car has never been one for people who care what their car looks like. It's supposed to look 80-90% like an Impreza. That's the point.
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LegacyGT
        But impreza sales were supposedly good enough to differentiate wrx/sti...
      WindsWilling
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder if this thing understeers like a tugboat like the last two iterations especially. There's no excuse for it to. How is Subaru going to do damage control on this? After all their talk of different direction, and "look at this concept and how awesome it is". "Design language" is such a lame way to say "Hey, you're not going to get this car no matter how awesome it is, enjoy this milk carton on wheels instead". I just can't believe that this isn't really a "wide body" like the outgoing. Would it have really broke the bank to make at least the fenders aggressive looking? After the bullshit they pulled with the last gen, switching motors, and then massive suspension and body changes, I wouldn't buy this car unless it's handling is Evo X like or better.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
        The WRX is always going to have pretty bad understeer unless Subaru drops the AWD system or moves to an inline engine. There isn't much they can do to move the engine back any further.
          HydraulicDragon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oRenj9
          That has nothing to do with the understeer in the WRX. It's all in the suspension and transmission. The Evo's engine isn't any further back in the chassis, but it has a far superior transmission.
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Type "gobstopper impreza" into your browser, and see how 'understeering' cars are meant to be driven. I have no pity for anybody who simply buys a 4 door family car and expects a Ferrari. Aqua coilovers, better head-gasket and bolts, oil cooler, FMIC, turbo timer - These parts are needed to make a wrx fast and reliable on track. Quit whining.
      Presidio
      • 2 Years Ago
      At around 1:20, unless they were dropping frames on the phone it takes that corner hard unphased.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Straight from AB's coverage on the WRX Concept: "We're looking at a design statement only at this point" What part of that don't you understand people?! Subaru tried to warn us that this was a concept only. But you didn't listen.
      Wagz
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is everyone calling this ugly already? Concept shows extreme design language... That had 20s and such a sloped roof that you couldn't have adults in the back. But it clearly is sitting wide like a 13 and I think is gonna be another good looking aggressive design from Subaru. We will see it in November.
      Ben Hayat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I doubt this body is the final body. This is a mule body to test the new engine.
      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota Corolla STI!
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