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Spied: Next-gen Subaru WRX prototype testing at Nürburgring

Sheetmetal looks familiar in spite of an aggressive WRX concept shown in New York.

By AutoWeek Apr 17, 2013 7:20AM

Development of the next Subaru WRX is well under way -- at least if spy photos showing a dazzlingly camouflaged, wing-wearing prototype at the Nürburgring are to be believed.

Certainly, whatever we're seeing is a long way from that mysterious, cobbled-together two-door mule we spotted last fall. If spy photos are to be believed, however, that striking concept that fired up enthusiasts at the New York auto show was...pretty conceptual.

The camouflaged car seen here looks a lot more like a slightly hopped-up 2013 Subaru Impreza sedan than the aggressive, angular, very blue concept we saw in the Big Apple. Further, the car's giant rear wing looks like it was pulled right off a 2013 WRX STI -- though that's understandable given the stage of the car's development.

The hood scoop is there, as are the four tailpipes, and the headlights and taillights are both departures from what's currently on the market. Beyond that, the rest of the somewhat disappointingly familiar sheet metal remains tightly wrapped in a full-body coat of camo.

Here's hoping that Subaru designers, engineers and accountants can hash out some way to bring a bit more of that concept car look to the finished product -- or, barring that, give us enough all-wheel-drive performance to make us keep our mouths shut about the aesthetics.

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-- Graham Kozak

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