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2019 Subaru WRX STI S209

2019 Subaru WRX STI S209

The Subaru WRX STI goes full super saiyan!

When Subaru first released the WRX to the U.S. market back in the early 2000’s, performance enthusiasts went nuts. Finally, after a decade left out in the cold, America was getting a taste of the turbocharged, rally-bred good life. Now we’re getting the full-fat experience thanks to the 2020 Subaru WRX STI S209, a series of numbers and letters that add up to the most extreme Six Star experience available without a roll cage. Usually reserved as a JDM-only delicacy, the limited edition S209 is the first “S” line model offered exclusively for the U.S. market, and it’s nothing less than the best-performing STI ever made thanks to an upgraded engine package, functional aero, a wider stance, and trick suspension upgrades.

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The 2019 WRX STI S209 Is the Best Performance News From Subaru In a Long Time

The 2019 WRX STI S209 Is the Best Performance News From Subaru In a Long Time

You asked for it, you got it - say hello to the Six Stars’ latest big ‘n bad performance monster

Ever since Subaru offloaded the first WRX onto U.S. shores back in the early 2000’s, the brand has slowly but steadily built its performance cred among stateside buyers. Between stints in rally racing, road racing, and time attack, this turbocharged icon has achieved legendary status and is now a torchbearer for Japanese go-fast machinery. Thing is, Subaru’s success has lead to, for lack of a better word, stagnation. Luckily, the 2019 WRX STI S209 changes that in a very good way.

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Here's Why Subaru Is Limiting the 2020 WRX STI S209 in the U.S.

Here’s Why Subaru Is Limiting the 2020 WRX STI S209 in the U.S.

This special edition model will fly off the shelves the second they become available

After a lot prodding and, presumably, more incessant begging, Subaru has finally gifted American customers with their own special edition Subie, called the STI S209. Limited to “around 200” units, the STI S209 is the first-ever S-series vehicle to come to the U.S. In truth, the S209 isn’t actually a Subaru, in large part because of the extensive mechanical work the model received to make it legal in America. Hence, Subaru homologated it as an STI model instead so it’s official name is “STI S209.” Name discrepancies aside, the S209 comes with a heavily modified body and an overhauled version of Subaru’s EJ25 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces around 341 horsepower. The S209 will go on sale later this year at a price that will be announced closer to launch. Considering all the work that was done on the car and its super limited status, it’s almost a certainty that all allocated units in the U.S. will sell out faster than it took me to finish writing this paragraph.

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The 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 Is the Tuner Special We've All Been Waiting For

The 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 Is the Tuner Special We’ve All Been Waiting For

Forget the 2020 Toyota Supra, this is the one you want for track days

The Detroit Auto Show is in full swing, but looking at the headlines, you’d think we were covering something like the Tokyo Auto Salon. That’s because Motor City is playing host to several major debuts from the Land of the Rising Sun, including the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209. This is the first S model to head to the U.S., and it promises to be the most powerful, best braking, and best handling STI model that Subaru has ever produced. What’s more, it’s up against the 2019 Toyota Supra for supreme Japanese-performance fanfare, but honestly, the Six Stars seem to outshine the Toyota whopper this time around.

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Here's Your First Look at the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 that Will Debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Here’s Your First Look at the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 that Will Debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The first S series for the U.S. market!

Subaru just confirmed plans to launch a new S version of the WRX STI in 2019. Not surprisingly, it will be called the S209, but the really big news is that it will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show on January 14, 2019. Yes, it will be the first S series WRX to be sold in the United States.

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Subaru Has a Big Surprise Planned For the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Subaru Has a Big Surprise Planned For the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

A limited edition STI for the U.S.?! Yes please!

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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2018 Subaru WRX STI

2018 Subaru WRX STI

Better stoppers and a quieter cabin top the list in this refresh

Forged in the fires of competition at the World Rally Championship, the Subaru WRX first appeared in 1992 bearing all the makings of a hoon-ready enthusiast’s wet dream. Packing a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, oodles of AWD grip, and a name that alludes to its competition origins (some say it stands for “World Rally Cross,” others say it’s “World Rally Experimental”), the WRX was an immediate hit, prompting the Six Star Brand to offer up an even hotter STI variant two years later. STI is the signature of Subaru Tecnica International, Subaru’s high-performance tuning arm, which translates as more power, more aggression, and more speed, and with four generations of hot rod Suby’s now on the books, the WRX STI deserves a refresh. Enter the 2018 model year, which gets tweaked exterior styling, a quieter, more comfortable cabin, sharper handling, and better brakes.

At its core, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI is more or less identical to the outgoing model. Even though Subaru released the new fifth-generation Impreza last year at the New York international Auto Show, the WRX and WRX STI variants remain stuck in the past, with fans anxiously awaiting the inevitable evolutionary changeover from the current fourth-gen model. Nevertheless, Subaru continues to sell its rally-bred superstar in droves, so you can’t really blame the automaker for taking its sweet time.

For now, the STI enters the 2018 model year with “performance, comfort, design and safety enhancements for a more rewarding driving experience.” Read on to learn what that means, and whether or not it’s enough of an update to warrant your performance dollar.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.

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The Best Get Better As Upgrades Dominate Subaru WRX And STI Models

The Best Get Better As Upgrades Dominate Subaru WRX And STI Models

Power levels remain the same, but performance should improve

On the surface, the Subaru WRX and STI models at the 2017 North American International Auto Show look the same. But that’s the tricky thing with looking at these cars without perusing through all of its contents. Examine a little closer though and you realize that the WRX and STI are at the auto show for a reason. Both models actually received extensive updates, ranging from cosmetic upgrades, tech additions, and performance improvements.

There’s a whole list of new digs for both models as Subaru attempts to give would-be customers more reason to go with these all-weather performance sedans. On the aesthetic front, both the WRX and STI models are the beneficiaries of new a revised front fascia that features a larger front intake, steering-responsive LED headlights (exclusive to the WRX Limited trim and all trims of the STI), and new roof-rack mounting brackets, a particularly noteworthy addition for those who prefer taking their sedans on the outdoor trails.

Likewise, the interior of both models now has a larger multi-function display, growing in size from 4.3 inches on the previous model to a more respectable 5.9 inches. Slightly less significant but no less functional are the new door pulls and the improved cup holders in the rear seat armrest. Big and small, both the WRX and the STI models received these updates.

As useful as these updates are, the real highlight for both the WRX and STI is the work Subaru put in to improve their performance and handling characteristics. The WRX, for example, has new front and rear suspension tuning, an improvement that will give drivers better stability and riding comfort. Just as important is the new synchro design for the model’s six-speed transmission. That not only makes for smoother shifting between gears, but it also helps maximize the car’s 268-horsepower output.

Speaking of improved performance capabilities, don’t sleep on the updates made to the STI, which includes similar suspense improvements on the WRX, as well as significantly upgraded brakes, and a modified DCCD AWD system that now makes use of electronic control, a major step up from its past iteration, which utilized a combination of mechanical and electronic center limited slip differential control. It’s a little technical, but the gist is that the new DCCD AWD system bring improvements in handling and performance.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX STI

2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX STI

This morning at the Detroit International Auto Show, Subaru has officially unveiled the car that every enthusiast has been waiting for, the next-generation WRX STI.

Unfortunately, it appears that Subaru has not fulfilled all the dreams of the Internet masses. The new car makes no major strides in terms of engine output or design, and a wagon variant is still nowhere to be found.

What the latest STI forgoes in engine changes, it more than makes up for in chassis redesign. With a stiffer chassis and a new Active Torque Vectoring system, this latest STI should set a new a benchmark for how a bargain hoonmobile should handle. As an added bonus, the new STI looks to change perceptions on interior build quality and refinement.

Does this new AWD rocket really have what it takes to make the faithful fans of this rally-bred machine happy?

Updated 04/23/2015: Subaru announced prices for the 2016 WRX STI, which will arrive at dealers this summer. The model continues unchanged from the previous year, except the addition of the new STARLINK™ multimedia system.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru WRX STI.

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2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

Curious how the future Legacy will look like? Take a look at the new Legacy concept revealed by Subaru today at the Detroit Auto Show and you shall make a pretty good idea.

The Legacy Concept features an aggressive front fascia and solid yet expressive body.Sharp design lines carve out a substantial mass as they flow from the hood, across the roof to the trunk, while the sharp body lines project a sense of strength. Wedge-shaped Side Rear Vision Cameras are featured and provide a sense of flow from the momentum of the A-pillar lines. A character line runs from just before the A-pillar and sweeps up to the tail just above the tail-lamps.

It is powered by a 3.6-liter six-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed engine (borrowed from Tribeca). The engine is mated to an AWD system.

The car is finished in a special High-luster “Ultimate Silver” paint and comes with LED lamps, vertical fog lamp and angular air intakes.

Press release after the jump.

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Subaru will present concept car in Detroit

Subaru will present concept car in Detroit

The rumors have been going around for a while that Toyota and Subaru are going to team up to build a small Celica-sized coupe. It seems this may actually come together next month at the Detroit Auto Show. While some manufacturers are pulling out of Detroit, Subaru may be using this show to unveil its version of the small sports car.

It would be unlikely that Subaru would deviate from its current theme of offering all cars with all-wheel drive, so this one should follow suit. Plus, by making the Subaru version all-wheel drive and the Toyota’s car rear-wheel drive it will help differentiate the cars. But that should all be confirmed when the car comes closer to production in 2010 or 2011.

By Subaru deciding to unveil this car at the North American International Auto Show, this may be a signal that the new coupe will be sold in the U.S.

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2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Subaru Forester

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, announced the debut of its new generation of Subaru Forester in Japan. The new Forester went on sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships on Christmas.

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2009 Subaru Forester to be unveiled at Detroit Motor Show

2009 Subaru Forester to be unveiled at Detroit Motor Show

Subaru will unveil the all-new redesigned 2009 Forester next year at the Detroit Auto Show. As the previous model, the 2009 Forester will be built on the Impreza platform, so it can easily compete with Toyota RAV-4 and Honda CR-V.

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2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback

2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback

Subaru of America today presented the North American debut of its re-designed 2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback models, at the 2007 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall. Subaru also debuted its new flagship sedan model, the Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Limited, a first-ever 6-cylinder Legacy model for the North American market.

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Subaru Hybrid Concept Vehicle

Subaru Hybrid Concept Vehicle

The Subaru B5-TPH, a new type of high-performance hybrid-powered vehicle, made its North American Debut yesterday at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. The B5-TPH concept vehicle features the company’s emerging Turbo Parallel Hybrid (TPH) powertrain system and lithium-ion battery technology in a sporty two-seat grand touring car.
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