Subaru now confirms our suspicions by officially announcing that the special edition WRX STI wearing the S209 badge makes its debut at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The model marks the first time ever for one of Subaru Tecnica International's S series of tuned vehicles to be available in America.
Unfortunately, Subaru's entire announcement of this hotly anticipated vehicle amounts to just one sentence and a close-up teaser image of the badge. This still leaves a lot of room for speculation about how the STI division intends to make the S209 something really special.
Gallery: Subaru Impreza WRX STI teasers
A teaser video revealed that the S209 wears a much more aggressive body than even a stock STI's already mean exterior. There are pieces like a new front splitter and canards at the corners. The fenders are wider and have vents behind the ones in the rear. A large wing with prominent end plates rises from the trunk, too. The clip also suggests the S209 might wear a set of the WRX's famous gold wheels, which would provide a rally-inspired look.
There's still no info about the mechanical tweaks for the S209 but extensive changes are likely. Previous S series models have featured upgraded engines, including improved turbochargers and weight balanced internal components. In addition, updated dampers and stiffening braces have improved handling. Parts like 18-inch brakes from Brembo have let the speedy machines stop quickly, too.
Expect the S209 to be available in very limited quantities, so interested buyers might want to reserve one as soon as possible. For example, Subaru built just 300 units of the S206 and 450 examples of the S208.
Subaru Tecnica International to Debut the STI S209 at 2019 North American International Auto Show
Subaru Tecnica International announced today that it will reveal the limited-edition STI S209 at the North American International Auto Show on January 14th.
About Subaru Tecnica International, Inc.
Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI) is a subsidiary of SUBARU CORPORATION (SBR), which was established to undertake the motorsport activities of SUBARU. STI's core business is supplying motorsport base vehicles and competition parts and planning and developing SUBARU Limited Edition Models by applying special tuning techniques as well as planning and selling accessories and tuning parts to add variety to car life for auto enthusiasts worldwide. Through these operations, STI aims to provide its many SUBARU fans with special satisfaction.
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 Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 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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