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Forbidden Fruit: Subaru's U.K.-Only WRX STI 340R


The U.K.-only Subaru WRX STI 340R

The U.K.-only Subaru WRX STI 340R

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In the United States, Subaru’s ultimate all-wheel-drive hoon-mobile, the WRX STI, comes packing 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. While that’s nothing to sneeze at, it’s nowhere near as impressive as it was just a few years back. These days, even a base V-6 Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro makes more power.

Subaru buyers in the U.K., however, have options that we don’t get on this side of the pond. One such choice is the Subaru WRX STI 340R, named for its output of 340 ps (the equivalent of 335 horsepower). The car also makes 361 pound-feet of torque, a gain of 71 pound-feet over U.S. models.

The increase in output is achieved via ECU tuning, intake improvements and a lower-restriction exhaust system. While all of these things are available from aftermarket suppliers in the U.S., modifications come at the potential cost of your new car warranty, should something go wrong.

We still have one advantage over our cousins across the pond, and that’s price. Here in the U.S., buying a Subaru WRX STI will set you back around $35,000 before you start adding options. In the U.K., the least expensive WRX STI starts at £26,995 ($42,690), while stepping up to the 340R will run you £28,594 ($45,219).

That’s about the same price as a new Ford Boss 302 Mustang, or a very clean used Porsche Cayman S. Maybe we don’t have things so bad on this side of the Atlantic after all.
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