In April, we got our first glimpse at the 2015 2015 Subaru WRX – the car was caught in STI form in photos and in motion running around Germany's infamous Nürburgring. That's all well and good, but obviously Subaru will sell a good number of the hotter Impreza models here in the United States, and thus, it's nice to now see a video of the next WRX testing out in California, albeit in what looks to be non-STI form.

Originally posted on the Subaru Owners Club website, this video comes from YouTube user 31200MulhollandHwy. And that's quite appropriate, since the video clearly shows the now de-winged WRX prototype testing on the well-known – you guessed it – Mulholland Highway. Just like before, we're disappointed that the prototypes spotted testing don't appear to be as bold and beautiful as the WRX Concept that Subaru brought to this year's New York Auto Show. Nevertheless, we'll hold our final judgments until the camouflage is peeled away.

Have a look below to see (and hear!) the 2015 WRX running up Mulholland.



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      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking good. Hope there's a hatch version. The new sedan isn't exactly good looking.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone and their mother was there to take a video
      Nicholas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe Subaru can take that giant leap forward and offer the Rex with six gears.
      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      "That's all well and good, but obviously Subaru will sell a good number of the hotter Impreza models here in the United States" Wait I thought the next WRX was splitting from the Impreza line-up? Now I'm confused.
        mazeroni
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jf.bouchard
        The did split the lineup. They dropped Impreza from the marketing material. Therefor it's now just Subaru WRX and thus different than the Impreza.
          jf.bouchard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mazeroni
          Thanks. But does it share the Impreza platform? If so, it would mean that all the hard points would be the same, as well as the DLO, but I can't tell from the pictures/video. That would really limit what they can do with the WRX stylistically.
      trenchanting
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice little PR stunt, Subaru must have wanted pictures to spill on the internet considering how many automotive shutterbugs there are on Mulholland.
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such a shame. They had a chance to make a gorgeous, world-beating design to go along with a solid performer with great AWD for a fair price point. Instead, they look to continue on with the ultra-riced mutated honda civic look. Shame.
        360_AD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        And you can tell all that from looking at a camouflaged test mule? Wow, you Sir, have future vision. What are the numbers for tomorrow's lottery drawing??
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol Subaru is really pushing this test mule around. Subaru just had a big time owners meeting in Vegas where they drove the actual car (not the prototype, not this mule) on the stage, stopped for some smoke and flashing lights (cameras and phones were not allowed in the meeting) then drove off stage 3 seconds later. Ninety percent of the Prototype is going carry over to the actual car. Thats right 90 percent! The front is the exact same, the few changes were all made in the rear with the roof line and trunk area. Both a hatch and sedan are scheduled. Also adding an Automatic option to the 5 and 6 speed manual. The actual pre production car itself is somewhere near vegas right now in a storage container until its schedule to make its stops around the dealerships. Subaru will have 6-10 of these pre production models going from dealer to dealer by the end of this year. But you don't have to believe me yet. Just wait, you will see them :)
        gary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        I was at that meeting. Your account of events is quite inaccurate. The car was on stage for the better part of a half hour. The did pull it off the stage just before the conclusion of the meeting so we could not get an up-close look, but we all had plenty of time to observe it from afar. Due to implied confidentiality, I can't comment on the details other than to say the obvious...the production car will be somewhere between the production Impreza and the recently-shown prototype.
          Jasonn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gary
          I was not at the meeting, just passing it along the way it was told to me. The 90% number comes from a few guys that had seen it up close long before the vegas meeting. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down with them in a meeting here at our dealership. We asked a few questions, not really expecting to get any answers but they were surprisingly open about it.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        exciting news, thank you
        DRO3000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        Hallelujah
        jf.bouchard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        I believe you :)
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's funny to me that they even call these "spy" shots and videos anymore. Subaru clearly thought, "hey, it's time to let this cat outta the bag, where are there at least 15 photographers and videographers sitting by the side of the road that we can drive past 4 times?"
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does Subaru even bother releasing concept cars when they never use them?? So beyond the fact that it clearly is WAY more bland than the concept, I am also extremely disappointed that the car didn't have the WRX's patented boxer rumble. It didn't sound quite as bad as the BRZ, but it definitely didn't have that fantastic uneven rumble that WRX enthusiasts are used to.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        Ugh, of course it will be. Truthfully, given they along with everyone pulled out of the WRC the car technically isn't a World Rally Cross vehicle but I'm certain they aren't going to abandon the terminology for what's quickly becoming nearly two decades of irate Imprezas...
      Hartwig
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see they are making some of the mistakes they made last generation with no widebody kit initially. Hopefully this is an early prototype for engine testing rather than what the final car will look like.
        Hal20xx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hartwig
        Take a closer look (set the video player to 720p and go full-screen). It's obviously a wide-body. It's just not as obvious due to the camouflage.
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is pretty sad and pathetic of Subaru to show off for once, the first time ever, a Subaru that woo's the press and enthusiasts looks wise, and then make this. Bu-bu-bu it still has the "design language" of the concept. LOL@Subaru. -1 sale.
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