Celebrating 50 years on America’s shores

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Subaru is celebrating its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in America by offering a special 50th Anniversary Edition on all its models, including the 2018 WRX. There are no mechanical updates, so don’t expect any horsepower or handling improvements. This special edition is for appearances only. However, Subaru is only building 600 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so rarity is a big attraction factor.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the WRX’s highest trim, the Limited, as to include all the desirable features. Items include the StarLink infotainment system, keyless access and push-button starting, LED steering responsive headlights, 10-way power driver’s seat, and the EyeSight safety system.

As for what sets the 50th Anniversary Edition apart, the details are all listed below.

Continue reading for more information.

What Makes the 2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition Special

2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition Exterior
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The most noticeable change is the bright blue paint Subaru calls Heritage Blue.

The most noticeable change is the bright blue paint Subaru calls Heritage Blue. Unlike most other 50th Anniversary Edition models, the WRX doesn’t receive the Satin Chrome side mirrors. Rather, the 18-inch double-spoke wheels are Satin Chrome while the mirror caps are Heritage Blue. The overall look is pretty striking. Subaru does include the special 50th Anniversary Edition badge on the WRX’s door, just like the other 50th models.

On the inside, the WRX still gets its Recaro racing seats with leather bolsters and suede inserts, but the 50th Anniversary logo is embroidered into the seatback, while the contrast stitching and seatbelts are silver. The seatbelts look especially good since the WRX’s interior is mostly black, including the headliner.

2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition Interior
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On the inside, the WRX still gets its Recaro racing seats with leather bolsters and suede inserts

As for Subaru’s EyeSight system, the active safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and sway warning, pre-collision braking, and pre-collision throttle management. Blind-spot monitoring is also available, as is Subaru’s StarLink emergency services connectivity.

Under the hood, the WRX remains unchanged. That’s fine though, as the car features a turbocharged 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four engine making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard and is the proper enthusiasts’ choice. For those who don’t like to row their own, Subaru does offer a Continuously Variable Transmission. Naturally, the Symmetrical AWD system is standard and includes active torque vectoring and an optional variable torque distribution system.

2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition Exterior
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Subaru is only making 600 of the 2018 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so they won’t last long.

Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city and 27mpg highway with the manual gearbox and 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with the CVT. (Talk about a big incentive to not pay extra for a CVT!)

As mentioned, Subaru is only making 600 of the 2018 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so they won’t last long. Pricing starts at $36,355, including the destination fee. Subaru dealerships already have 50th Anniversary Editions in showrooms.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
WRX Limited 600 $35,495 $36,355


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Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc. debuts 50th Anniversary Edition for each vehicle in its 2018 line-up at the Chicago Auto Show. The limited edition models are based on a high-level trim and come in an all-new exclusive color with unique badging and exterior and interior accents.

  • Commemorates 50 years in the United States
  • Limited production of each model
  • New Heritage Blue exterior color
  • Based on high-level trim
  • 50th Anniversary badging for exterior and interior
  • Unique wheel finishes

Production quantities will be limited to 1,050 for Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback, while WRX, STI and BRZ will have a combined total of 1,050.

The Anniversary editions celebrate the company’s 50 years in the United States and are immediately recognizable by the exclusive Heritage Blue exterior color; satin chrome exterior trim and badging; and SOA 50th anniversary emblem. They are further distinguished by unique alloy wheels (excludes BRZ). The exterior side mirrors are also finished in satin chrome (excludes BRZ, WRX, and STI). The cabin in each vehicle features black upholstery with contrasting silver stitching; silver seatbelts; and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each of these commemorative models is based on a high-level trim with an extensive list of standard features including EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology (where applicable). All models are on sale now at retailers across the country.

Subaru of America, which has experienced 10 consecutive years of sales growth, was founded on February 15th,1968, and operated for a short time from Balboa Park, CA, before moving to the Delaware Valley. Currently based in Cherry Hill, NJ, the company has grown substantially and will be moving to its new headquarters in Camden, NJ this spring.

*MSRP excludes Destination and Delivery (D&D) charges. Crosstrek, Forester, Outback D&D is $915. D&D for BRZ, Impreza, Legacy, WRX and WRX STI is $860. Retailers in Alaska are charged an additional $150.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
BRZ Limited 250 $29,940 $30,800
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955
Forester 2.5i Touring 800 $33,390 $34,305
Forester 2.0 XT Touring 250 $36,390 $37,305
Impreza 2.0i Limited (4dr) 500 $28,340 $29,200
Impreza 2.0i Limited (5dr) 550 $28,840 $29,700
Legacy 2.5i Limited 800 $35,080 $35,995
Legacy 3.6R Limited 250 $37,280 $38,195
Outback 2.5i Limited 800 $35,080 $35,995
Outback 3.6R Limited 250 $37,280 $38,195
WRX Limited 600 $35,495 $36,355
WRX STI Limited 200 $41,195 $42,055

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

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