- All-new Subaru WRX was spotted testing in Germany.
- Styling appears toned down compared to the WRX concept.
- The high-performance sedan will continue to use a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.
NURBURG, Germany — The first prototype of the 2014 Subaru WRX was spotted testing at the Nurburgring recently. This is likely the production version of the WRX concept shown at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
Although it's hard to make out every detail on this WRX prototype, it's clear that the production sedan won't look nearly as aggressive as the concept. The flared fenders and angular front fascia that made the concept look so mean are gone in favor of the more familiar lines of the current Impreza sedan.
There's no massive diffuser in back either, and even the taillights have been cut down to size. In fact, nearly everything from the concept seems to have been forgotten on the way to getting this WRX to showrooms.
The biggest clues to this test mule's true lineage are the quad tailpipes, rear spoiler and low-profile tires. All of them point to a WRX, if not a WRX STI. Either model will be a huge step above the standard Impreza that has assumed the role of mild-mannered family sedan.
Outperforming the Impreza is not a high bar to clear at the moment given its meager engine output, but rest assured there's a turbocharged engine underneath the hood of this prototype. Which engine it's based on is still unclear, but Subaru officials have hinted that it will displace 2.0-liters. Either way, it should have a bit more power than the current WRX, which generates 265 horses from its 2.5 liters of displacement.
Look for an official debut of the 2014 Subaru WRX later this year with sales beginning in early 2014.
Edmunds says: If this is the finished design of the upcoming WRX, it'll be a big disappointment after the promise shown by the WRX concept.