Two things we’ve come to learn about Subaru in the past month: it has a special place in its heart for Australia and its doing all it can to give the soon-to-depart current-generation WRX the swan song it deserves.
The Japanese automaker’s Australian arm is introducing a limited-edition WRX model in Australia, called the WRX RS40. If you’re wondering what the "RS40" means, that’s an allusion to Subaru’s 40th anniversary in Australia and considering that the legendary sports sedan is nearing its last legs, it was only appropriate for the folks Down Under to give it a proper send-off on the same year Subaru is celebrating the big "4-0" in the country.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the WRX RS40 dons the iconic WR Blue Mica finish that has become a trademark for the model for so many years. Subaru also added a slew of new aero components, including STI front and rear spoilers, a strut-tower brace, special "RS40" badges, and of course, a set of 17-inch gold-finished alloy wheels.
There aren’t a whole lot of interior modificatons, but where it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Recaro sport seats with blue Alcantara inserts are the unquestioned highlight of the cabin upgrades and are complemented by a new short-throw shifter, and an individually numbered plaque.
No performance upgrades were given to the WRX RS40, so expect the same 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that develops a tidy 195kW (261 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 343 Nm (253 pound-feet) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Suby will offer only 300 units, each priced at AUD$4,500 over the base WRX price.
Unfortunately, it’s exclusive to Australia so if you’re thinking of getting one, you’ll probably have to jump through multiple hoops to get one.
Click past the jump to read about the base WRX STI
Beginning with the next-generation models, the WRX and STI lines will officially go their separate ways. But even if the split makes us all bummed, we can take comfort knowing that for one last time, both Subaru arms gave us a treat of an Impreza.
It’s one of those rare cars that pack a healthy combination of looks, power, and performance. We’re going to miss the current generation Impreza WRX STI, but if there was a way to give it the proper adieu, Subaru Australia certainly took care of it.
Gallery Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Introducing the WRX RS49
Prepare to experience the legend. Pre-order available now.
Performance enhanced; classically styled and still hungry for action.
With six World Rally Championship titles and ten consecutive Australian Rally Championship titles under its belt, the WRX’s place in history is assured. Now you can experience its thrilling power and extraordinary handling for yourself, in the Limited Edition WRX RS40.
The sheer driving joy of the WRX, with a pulse-quickening range of performance enhanced extras including:
- STI front lip spoiler
- STI rear spoiler
- STI short shift gear assembly
- STI flexible tower strut brace
- Body hugging Recaro front seats with blue Alcantara inserts
And in keeping with the iconic WRX Rally livery, each RS40 is complete with:
- WR Blue Mica paint
- Gold-coloured 17” WRX alloy wheels
- Limited Edition RS40 badging and decals
More than $7,000 worth of extras for only $4,500RRP. The WRX RS40 represents incredible value.
Experience the power and incredible low centre of gravity handling that made the WRX an unstoppable rally force, with a 2.5-litre turbocharged Boxer engine producing a heart-stopping 195kW of power at 6,000rpm. And with the tenacious grip of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, our Vehicle Dynamics Control system and a fully independent double wishbone rear suspension system, you’ll enjoy sharper handling, better balance and instinctive responsiveness.
The legend lives on. With only 300 available you’d better be quick.