Subaru Has a Big Surprise Planned For the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
A limited edition STI for the U.S.?! Yes please!by Jonathan Lopez, on
While there’s certainly no shortage of aftermarket kits out there to make your Six Star sedan a rally-inspired performance hero, none of ‘em feel quite like a limited edition run from the factory. Unfortunately, those of us residing stateside have had limited access to such machines, but now, it’s looking like that might change with a new debut at the2019 Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks.
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The first bit of evidence we’ve got that Subaru is indeed bringing a new limited-run WRX STI can be seen in the video above
Hit play, and you’ll see what appears to be a track-prepped sports sedan attacking apexes at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).
Although it’s wrapped in camo, the car in question is unquestionably a WRX STI. However, unlike it’s more commonplace siblings, this Rex comes rocking with a big wing in back, canards along the front bumper, and big gold wheels.
“Something special from Subaru Tecnica International is coming to America for the first time ever,” the YouTube video description reads.
This exciting teaser video follows hot on the heels of news that Subaru just filed a trademark for the S209 nameplate, as revealed earlier this week by AutoGuide.com.
|Note: Subaru WRX STI S208 pictured here.|
Considering Subaru’s naming conventions, the S209 moniker will most likely get applied to a new go-faster WRX STI.
Last year, Subaru revealed the S208, another limited-run WRX STI that offered 19-inch wheels, a GT-style rear wing made from carbon fiber, a new front underspoiler, a carbon fiber roof, a dab more horsepower and torque, a quicker steering rack, new, adjustable suspension bits, and a unique paint option as well. Just 450 units were produced, all of which were destined for the Japanese market.
Now, it looks like Subaru is spreading that love over on these shores.
The S209 will almost certainly adopt the same formula as the S208, which means we should expect beefier aero, bigger wheels, extra muscle, and sharper suspension.
To us, this is a great way to say farewell to the current generation WRX, as a new-gen is expected to drop by 2020.
As for pricing details, we expect an MSRP over $46,000, which is a good deal more than the top-trim STI’s price of $41,395. Production will most likely come limited at 400 or 500 units.
Read our full review on the 2017 Subaru S208 WRX STI Limited Edition.
Read our driven review on the2018 Subaru WRX STI.