Subaru has revealed what the last U.K.-spec 150 models of the current generation of WRX STI are going to look like – the Japanese car maker has put together a fitting send off for the notable performance car with the Final Edition farewell model.
It's not just a model that's finishing, though – Subaru looks set to close the door on a line that goes all the way back to the iconic rallying Imprezas of the 1990s, with investment being made in new platforms and alternative fuels.
The car gets 19-inch wheels to accommodate larger Brembo brakes, which have been painted yellow. Subaru says that the front bumper has been redesigned to look more purposeful with the lower grille blacked out and a larger opening to enhance cooling performance. A number of other tweaks add to the car's purposeful look.
A Final Edition badge is also positioned on the door of the car, hinting at the car's special status as a runout model.
Inside the WRX STI, high gloss black inserts are added to the instrument panel, gearstick surround, door panels and steering wheel with red stitching and red seatbelts fitted to tie the scheme together. A plate by the gearstick tells you which number of the limited run of 150 each car represents.
To soothe the loss and pain of the car's production ending, the front seats are heated as standard and the car gets a larger 5.9-inch multi-function display on the top of the dashboard. The instrument panel design has also been updated, the infotainment system now includes DAB radio and a reversing camera is included to make parking easier.
The WRX STI is a heavily modified version of the Impreza first introduced back in 2008, and has maintained its four-door sedan format despite attempts by Subaru to shift its performance branding to the newer hatchback-based Impreza models. As the standard car has moved to a five-door hatch body, the Impreza name was quietly dropped and the WRX STI marketed as a model in its own right.
Gallery: Subaru WRX STI final edition
FAREWELL WRX STI: SWANSONG FINAL EDITION LAUNCHED
Nov 1, 2017
WRX STI is the iconic Subaru model; the modern incarnation of yesteryear’s Impreza, conjuring images of special stage success and rallying legends pushing to the limit. Today, Subaru launch the WRX STI Final Edition, strictly limited to 150 models to say farewell to this brand icon and mark the end of this era of Subaru’s heritage in the UK.
With the launches of new models, and investment in platform and powertrains going forward, the timing has felt right to open a new chapter for Subaru and allow WRX STI’s heritage to inform future developments rather than being continued.
The Final Edition has a series of upgrades across key areas of the car, making this the most capable WRX STI sold in the UK and fitting tribute to its legacy.
Driving performance has been improved by changing from mechanical and electronic to electronic control of the Multi-Mode Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD) which provides optimum cornering ability. The wheel size has been increased to 19 inches to house new larger Brembo® brakes with yellow painted calipers, which improve fade-resistance and brake performance and a consistent pedal feel when driving on the limit.
The front bumper has been redesigned to look more purposeful with the lower grille blacked out with a geometric textured panel, and has a larger opening to enhance cooling performance. The hexagonal grille has been sharpened and defined and a black surround has been added. The Subaru wing design which flows through to the C-shaped headlights has been incorporated, hinting at the Boxer engine under the bonnet. A Final Edition badge is positioned on the door.
Inside, high gloss black inserts are added to the instrument panel, gear stick surround, door panels and steering wheel with red stitching and red seatbelts fitted to tie the scheme together. The front seats are now heated, and a larger 5.9” multi-function display has been added to the top of the dash. The instrument panel design has also been updated. The infotainment system now includes DAB radio and a reversing camera is included to make parking easier.
WRX STI is also fitted with bi-functional projector LED lights, with a single bulb enabling High Beam Assist to switch between high and low beam automatically. High Beam Assist operates via a single-lens camera, which is installed in the front windscreen and detects when an onward car is approaching. The lights are also steering responsive, turning to the left or right depending on the driver’s steering input and illuminates more of the corner. Both technologies enhance visibility at night, allowing a clear view of the corners ahead.
The WRX STI Final Edition is available to order from 1st November, priced at £33,995 on the road.