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Remember the stunning Subaru WRX Concept from the recent 2013 New York Auto Show? That car previews the next-gen Subaru Impreza WRX (could be just called WRX), but running test mules have been spotted testing on the world’s most famous circuit, the Nurburgring.

As expected, the disguised test mule here looks less dramatic than the NYC concept car. That new hexagonal grille is present, as is the must-have WRX hood scoop, but the concept’s showy “hawk eye” headlamps and foglamps have been toned down for production. The rear end follows the trend – conventional tail lamp clusters have been ordered.

What it does have over the WRX Concept is a traditional big spoiler, handle-style. Look closely at the grille, and you’ll find a taped-up emblem on the bottom right corner. While the concept car had a WRX badge here, the outline of the italicised emblem here leads us to believe it’s an STI logo underneath.

It’s clear that this car’s stance is more athletic than before. The concept is 4,521 mm long, about the same length as the current WRX STI sedan, although it’s nearly 100 mm wider at 1,889 mm and much lower than today’s car (1,389 mm v 1,470 mm).

Looks like the next chapter in the WRX STI story will be coming soon. Click here for more pics of the WRX Concept and here to watch a video of it.