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2020 Subaru Gymkhana STI

2020 Subaru Gymkhana STI

There’s a new kid on the Gymkhana block and it comes from Subaru

Travis Pastrana will be taking the reins from Ken Block in Gymkhana 11, Subaru sniffed out the opportunity and that’s how the one-off, bare-carbon Gymkhana STI was born.

Subaru and Gymkhana are no strangers to each other, as the first two instalments saw Ken Block smoke the living rubber out of a WRX STI. After a long collabo with Ford, the Gymkhana franchise is back to its roots and we absolutely love what we’re seeing.

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2020 Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition

2020 Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition

Subaru’s 2.0-liter engine, aka the EJ20, in Subaru terms, has been around since 1989 when it was introduced in the JDM-spec Subaru Legacy. Now, after 30 years, it’s time to lay a legendary engine to rest, so Subaru has decided to produce a special edition WRX STI known as the EJ20 Final Edition. It will be limited to just 555 models, but that doesn’t matter, because this beauty is available in Japan only at the price of 4,110 million Yen – about $38,000 at current exchange rates. Subaru will stop taking orders on December 23rd, but there’s a lot more to it than that, so let me fill you in on the finer details.

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2019 Subaru WRX

2019 Subaru WRX

FUN affordable sport sedan STILL exist!

The Subaru WRX is one of those sporty sedan rally cars that every enthusiast should drive at least once in their life. It went through a generational shift for the 2015 model year that made it even better, bringing new exterior looks, a longer A-Pillar, LED exterior lighting, a roomier interior, better outward visibility, and a new 2.0-liter four-banger that was 0.5-liters smaller than the outgoing unit but offered three extra ponies and 14 extra pound-feet which really helped to offset the 50+ pound weight gain than came with the new-gen model. It’s only been a couple of years since the new-gen model hit showrooms, and Subie put together some minor revisions for the 2018 model year. There was no power gain to speak of, unfortunately, but it did make some minor exterior styling updates, improved the suspension setup, updated the manual transmission, and now offers a new optional Performance pack – the latter of which you really want to know about if you’re hoping to ride off into the sunset with a new WRX. For 2019, there were no changes to speak of but we were excited to get our hands on one anyway. This was our experience.

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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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2018 Subaru WRX Raiu Edition

2018 Subaru WRX Raiu Edition

It’s limited to just 100 units and will be exclusively offered in Canada

Subaru is releasing a new and exciting special edition version of the WRX in North America. One catch: the special edition WRX is exclusive to Canada, not the U.S. The model is called the WRX Raui Edition, which takes its name from the Japanese word that means “thunderstorm.” It carries a lot of exclusive features inside and out, but it’s also limited to just 100 units, making it a must-have item for our friends north of the border.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA-R

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA-R

Japan’s getting another special edition WRX STI while the rest of us can only look at it

Though it’s true that most of them are found only in Japan, there are no shortages in special edition Subaru WRX STIs in the world. We all need to remind ourselves of that because Subaru is releasing another special edition version of its power-packed performance sedan, and it’s once again exclusive to the Japanese market. It’s called the WRX STI Type RA-R, and it’s essentially a lighter and more powerful version of the WRX STI Type RA, one of the few special edition versions that made its way in the U.S. market.

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2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray

2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray

Limited-edition package adds new paint and extra standard features

Having just celebrated 50 years in the U.S. with a batch of limited-edition packages for eight different models at the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru unveiled two more special-edition versions of the WRX and WRX STI at the 2018 Subaru Tecnica International Boxerfest in Washington D.C.

Much like the 50th Anniversary Edition, the Series.Gray comes with a special exterior paint, a sportier interior, and extra standard equipment. Only 1,000 units of the Series.Gray cars will be produced, with 750 WRX and only 250 WRX STI models to leave the factory. Besides being produced in smaller numbers, the WRX STI also gets a revised chassis for a sportier ride. Let’s find out more about both cars in the review below.

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2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition

2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition

Celebrating 50 years on America’s shores

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.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI 50th Anniversary Edition

2018 Subaru WRX STI 50th Anniversary Edition

Wanna make a splash at the local Scooby meet?

Subaru made its first foray into the U.S. market in the late ’60s, and now, it’s celebrating that momentous occasion with a slew of special edition models. Introduced in a blitz of debuts at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the six-star brand is calling it the 50th Anniversary Edition, and it includes revamped iterations of just about every model in the lineup. Chief among these is the rip-snortin’, extra-wing-havin’, hood-scoop wearin’ WRX STI, the quickest of Subaru’s lineup, which gets new exterior paint, a unique wheel finish, and new badges to mark half a century of the Six Stars in the States.

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2020 Subaru WRX

2020 Subaru WRX

When will Subaru finally unveil its next-gen rally star?

Ever since its introduction in 1992, the Subaru WRX has promised enthusiasts a thick slice of the high-flying, sideways-sliding, gravel-spraying antics that made the six-star brand famous in the World Rally Championship. Thanks to its turbocharged flat-four engine, stout suspension set-up, speed-oriented interior, and wing-heavy exterior styling, the WRX has cemented its reputation as a machine capable of competition-style performance, but at a price that keeps all your internal organs inside you, rather than going to the highest bidder. Over the years, we’ve seen four generations of the ’Rex, with U.S.-based consumers getting their first taste in the early 2000’s with the second-gen “bug eye” iteration. These days, though, the WRX is considered a bit long in the tooth. While still a solid performance buy, the alternatives are plentiful, while the WRX’s updates mostly just spin the tires. In truth, enthusiasts are clamoring for an updated next-generation WRX capable of besting much fresher offerings from the likes of Ford and Honda.

Luckily, it appears as though Subaru is working on exactly that, as previewed by concepts like the Viziv Performance sedan that dropped at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2017. But we’re impatient, so we decided to create a rendering, put on our thinking caps, and write up a speculative review on what we think the next-gen WRX could bring to the table. Read on for the details.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition

2018 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition

The facelifted STi goes to the U.K. as the Final Edition model

The Subaru WRX Sti has a long, storied history which is part of the reason why Subaru chose to bring a facelift to the car just a few years after the fifth-gen model hit dealers. If you were over in the U.K., on the other hand, you probably felt shafted when the U.S. got to lay eyes on the new WRX – after all, you got stuck with the design that debuted for 2016. Well, as it turns out, the U.K. isn’t getting the facelifted model and, in fact, there won’t be a Subaru STi at all after this year, leaving you just enough time to snag one of these last 150, Final Edition models. And, if you do happen to get your hands on one, well guess what? You actually get the facelifted version that’s on sale in the U.S. right now. That’s right; the “Final Edition” STi in the U.K. is really nothing more than the facelifted model that we received for 2018.

Sounds pretty sketchy, right? Well, it really is, but it’s not exactly Subaru’s fault either. According to various sources, the company that’s responsible for importing the WRX STi has chosen not to import it anymore. It was even up to that company, which goes by the name IM Group, whether or not the final edition models were brought over there. So, while they are the reason why you can’t get a 2018 model (outside of the 150 final editions, anyway) you might want to thank them as they were at least kind enough to import 150 more to give the car a proper send-off. With that said, you probably already know what you’ll get with the Final-Edition STi since it’s already on sale here in the U.S. as a 2018 model, but let’s go over the details just to refresh your memory a bit.

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Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

A hopeful preview of the new WRX… maybe

Subaru just revealed its latest ultra-sleek concept model at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the Viziv Performance (Viziv is shorthand for “Vision for Innovation”), this Scooby is the latest in a series of concept cars to bear the Viziv name, rocking an aggressive exterior and tons of speedy visual cues. This is also the very first four-door sedan to come from the concept line, which can only mean one thing – this is what Subaru’s designers imagine for the next WRX. The emphasis is on driving fun and attention-grabbing details, both of which the Viziv Performance manages to accomplish, at least on paper. So then, what does it say about the brand’s favorite rally star? Read on for details.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI S208

2018 Subaru WRX STI S208

Special edition WRX STI follows in the footsteps of the S207

Subaru is going all-out at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It’s bringing three “concept” cars to show off design plans for the future. It’s bringing a special edition BRZ that’s been infused with STI know-how. It’s also bringing the WRX STI S208, a special edition version of the performance sedan that’s dripping in aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades. It, too, is limited to just 450 units and will be only be sold in Japan, but that’s ok because we do have something of similar ilk in the form of the WRX STI Type RA.

Most of the improvements featured in the S208 revolve around the goal of making the sedan lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, the S207 that Subaru released in limited quantities (only 400 units) back in 2015. It does look like the automaker accomplished that goal because it’s touting the S208 as having an “improved engine output” compared to the S207, among other notable features. As far as a release date is concerned, there’s been no indication of that from Subaru, though we can at least expect to hear more details about the new performance sedan when it makes its debut in Tokyo next month.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI – Driven

2018 Subaru WRX STI – Driven

The rally racer for everyday errands

Those television commercials say Subarus are made from love. That’s only the case if we’re talking about the love of motorsports and rally racing. See, generations of Subarus, most notably the Impreza WRX and WRX STI models, have taken home World Rally Championship trophies from events around the world. Thankfully, Subaru injects this racing pedigree into the production version of its WRX models, making them some of the best performing, all-weather and terrain racing machines on the planet. And now for 2018, the WRX and WRX STI receive a slight cosmetic refresh paired with a handful of mechanical upgrades.

I recently spent a few days with a 2018 WRX STI Limited painted in that lovely WR Blue Pearl hue. At first glance, the acid-green brake calipers and tall rear wing command the eye’s attention. But looking deeper, you’ll see the front grille is ever so slightly more aggressive than before. A new set of 19-inch, Y-spoke wheels are new, as are those bright brake calipers and the larger rotors they squeeze. Things inside change little, too, through the small changes make big improvements in comfort. A larger information screen atop the dash has new graphics, the StarLink Infotainment system now measures 7.0 inches, the rear seat gets a folding center armrest with cup holders, the door panels have new grab handles, and road noise is hushed thanks to thicker side glass and added insulation. Mechanically, Subaru gave the STI a new fully electronic center differential that’s said to work faster than the previous mechanical and electrical DCCD. Sadly, Subaru chose not to completely rework the WRX STI onto the Impreza’s new-for-2017 chassis. Even the 2.5-liter Boxer engine remains untouched at 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. But does this dull the rally-inspired driving experience. Hardly. Keep reading to find out more.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

If you want one, move quick – there’s only 500 being built.

Subaru has been throwing Type RA badges on cars since 1989 when a special Subaru Legacy clocked 62,000 miles in just 18 days while hitting a 138 mph top speed, ultimately breaking the FIA Word Speed Endurance Record. Over the years, there have been a number of Type RA vehicles, all of which are usually lighter, and tuned to deliver better performance than their base-model counterparts. Typical modifications included a revised gearbox, manual winders, air conditioning delete, reduced soundproofing, and ABS delete to go along with various chassis and suspension enhancements as well. Fast forward to today, and we’re looking at the latest WRX STI Type RA – a model that promises to be quicker and more nimble on the track, or just a blast to drive altogether. All told, only 500 units of this Type RA will be sold, all of which feature weight reduction, engine upgrades, and suspension enhancements.

If you’re a little skeptical, we can’t blame you. The special edition market has been rather disappointing lately, with most SE models featuring some random paint and fresh wheels with little else to write home about. But, this isn’t the case here. In fact, we’re talking about all kinds of upgrades that include things like a carbon fiber roof, high-performance intake and exhaust, heavily modified suspension, and Subaru even went so far as to install stronger pistons inside the engine block. Now that’s how you put together a special edition. But, that isn’t all there is to talk about, so take a minute to learn all about it in my detailed review below.

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2018 Subaru WRX

2018 Subaru WRX

A mid-cycle update brings improved suspension and other little bits of happiness

The Subaru WRX is one of those sporty sedan rally cars that every enthusiast should drive at least once in their life. It went through a generational shift for the 2015 model year that made it even better, bringing new exterior looks, a longer A-Pillar, LED exterior lighting, a roomier interior, better outward visibility, and a new 2.0-liter four-banger that was 0.5-liters smaller than the outgoing unit but offered three extra ponies and 14 extra pound-feet which really helped to offset the 50+ pound weight gain than came with the new-gen model. It’s only been a couple of years since the new-gen model hit showrooms, and Subie has been busy putting together some minor revisions for the 2018 model year. There’s no power gain to speak of, unfortunately, but there is some minor exterior styling updates, improved suspension setup, updated manual transmission, and a new optional Performance pack – the latter of which you really want to know about if you’re hoping to ride off into the sunset with a new WRX.

So, while there isn’t a lot of big news in the aesthetics department, the mechanical bits under the metal got some serious reworking, and it’s exactly what the doctor ordered. Plus there are upgraded interior materials, a new rear-seat armrest (with cup holders,) and a few updates to help cut down on unwanted noise bleed through from the road For those of you into technology, the infotainment display has grown up a bit as well, with the screen size in base trims growing by 1.5 inches while the screen in the Premium trim grows by 0.8 inches.

For a mid-cycle update, there’s actually quite a bit to talk about when it comes to the WRX. Oh, and before I forget, the WRX STI also got some significant updates, so if you’re looking to get your hands on one of those, our man Jonathan Lopez has all of the details in his full review of that 300-horsepower beast here. Anyway, let’s scroll down and see what the 2018 Subaru WRX has to offer!

Update: 4/20/2017: Subaru has announced pricing for the 2018 Subaru WRX. Check out the prices section below to learn just how much it’ll cost you to roll out in a brand-new Subie!

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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.

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2017 Subaru STI WRX S4 tS

2017 Subaru STI WRX S4 tS

So near, yet so far

Like any other automaker, Subaru isn’t averse to making special edition models if the right situation calls for it. In recent memory alone, the Japanese brand has gifted us with beauties like the Subaru WRX STI 207 Limited Edition and the Subaru Series.Hyperblue BRZ. Sure, the WRX STI 207 LE never made it to the U.S., but that’s not the point here. The point is that Subaru has once again launched a special edition model – the Subaru STI WRX S4 ts – and just like the 207 LE, it’s only available in Japan. Ouch.

Hurt feelings notwithstanding, the STI WRX S4 ts is a thing of beauty. Like the 207 LE before it, the S4 ts was built to commemorate Subaru’s successful victories in the SP3T class at the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race in the past two years. And as special edition models go, it comes with a bevy of enhancements of the cosmetic and functional varieties. There are upgrades on the exterior, interior, and suspension. On top of all that, it also features an NBR Challenge Package for interested customers who need an extra spray of “special” to this already limited edition sports sedan.

Everything about the STI WRX S4 ts looks great. Sadly, there is that sobering reminder that the limited edition car won’t be available in the U.S. It’s a Japan exclusive with models available in a “limited basis” from October 4, 2016 to March 12, 2017.

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2016 Subaru WRX STI Time Attack

2016 Subaru WRX STI Time Attack

The WRX STI Time Attack finally gets its livery just a month ahead of the Isle of Man TT event

Earlier this month we brought you news that Subaru was hoping to break the Isle of Man TT record again this year by putting record holder, Mark Higgins, behind the wheel once again. He last broke the record in 2014 using a U.S.-spec 2015 Subaru WRX STI, which shaved 41 seconds off his 19 minute and 56-second run in 2010. For the attempt this year, Subaru is doing something different in hopes that it will give Higgins the ability to tackle the motorcycle track in less than 19 seconds.

The collaboration between Prodrive and Subaru ended back in 2008, but for this record attempt, Subaru has looked to Prodrive once again. This time, the two worked together to build a car specifically for conquering the Isle of Man TT track. When we first dropped this news, the special-made WRX STI had yet to receive its livery on the outside, so it was finished in a boring shade of white. Now, a little over a month before the Isle of Man TT kicks off; we’re finally getting to take a peek at the car with its full livery package.

We’re still betting Higgins will run the course in 18 minutes and 57 seconds, but we’ve still got a little while before we get to see how things really go down. Until then, let’s take a look at the car Subaru hopes to set a new record with and its new livery.

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2016 Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition

2016 Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition

Let me just get this out there immediately – I’m a bit of a WRX fanboy. That said, I’m sure anyone reading this right now has somewhat similar interests. If that’s the case, then greetings, six-star brothers and sisters, and prepare yourselves, because you’re about to feel the want in a big, big way. Before you is a pumped-up STI that offers more power, tighter handling, and exclusive styling touches inside and out. It’s a modern rendition of the same formula seen in previous-generation special editions, such as the S206 and R205, and once again, it’s only available in Japan.

As is, the WRX STI is hugely capable right out of the box, with a scooped hood housing a sizable dose of turbo power, plus tenacious grip from Subaru’s omnipresent AWD system. The S207 takes all those racy characteristics and simply adds more everywhere. The result is a claim to “the ultimate in road driving” and “the world’s most enjoyable vehicle.”

Sounds good, right? Keep reading to find out how good.

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2015 Subaru Series.HyperBlue WRX STI

2015 Subaru Series.HyperBlue WRX STI

Subaru is no stranger to special-edition models that are based on the color of the vehicle, and now we introduce you to another limited-run Subaru, the WRX STI Series. HyperBlue. Can you guess where it gets its name?

That’s right, that North Carolina Tarheels blue hue coating this all-wheel-drive performance sedan is dubbed Hyper Blue. This rig joins the 2016 Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue to form a duo of models that Subaru will limit to a total of 1,200 units (500 BRZs and 700 WRX STIs).

Its flashy new paint job isn’t all the Series.HyperBlue WRX STI has going for it. It also has a few upgrades inside the cabin and a set of exclusive wheels to set it apart.

So, the big question is whether or not this limited-run WRX will actually be worth the extra money that Subaru will most certainly ask for it?

Updated 09/03/2015: Subaru announced prices for the special edition Series.HyperBlue WRX STI which will arrive at local dealerships this fall. It will be priced from $39,790, including $795 destination and delivery.

Continue reading my full review to get the answer to this and more.

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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.

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