The new STI version is priced higher than the model it replaces, which means the price gap between the flagship model and the regular WRX (whose price didn't change with the model update) is now greater than ever. This has officials thinking about launching a third mid-spec version. “There is the potential to do that [fill the price gap] and while we have looked at it there’s not going to be one this year,” Subaru Australia exec Nick Senior told Drive. “There is the potential to do one in 2009 and there’s also factory limited editions in the future as well.”
There have been numerous special edition versions of the WRX over the years, the most popular being the ‘Club Spec’ models and the legendary ‘22B’ model. These cars featured several performance mods and were packed with extra features but were only available in limited numbers. Senior hinted at the possibility of a stripped-out track version but wasn’t willing to confirm its existence.