Subaru is out of the World Rally Championship these days, but that's not stopping the company from continuing to turn out its rally-inspired WRX STI. In fact, Subaru is planning a special edition of the car, limited to just 125 units--sort of, more below-- to be introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show and unveiled today.
The car, dubbed simply the WRX STI Special Edition, offers a suspension upgrade derived from the Japanese-market WRX STI Spec C, with Aspen White exterior paint and custom charcoal-colored Spec C wheels. Pricing details will be revealed at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.
It's not, however, a true limited-edition car. While the first 125 examples of the car will be produced in an exclusive Aspen White color, the Special Edition will become a regular production model later in 2010. The regular production version of the Special Edition will only be available in the standard WRX STI colors.
The JDM Spec C wheels measure 18x8.5-inches, the better to make full use of the upgraded suspension treatment. The Special Edition also shows its performance intentions with halogen instead of HID headlights, a single-disc CD-player with four-speaker audio system instead of the six-disc, 10-speaker system in the standard car, and manual air conditioning in place of climate control. Body color side mirrors are also equipped on the Special Edition.
The rest of the WRX STI Special Edition's features match the standard WRX STI's spec sheet, right down to the 305-horsepower, 290-pound-foot turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine and six-speed manual transmission. The usual Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) system, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, stability control and traction control are also included, along with the Brembo brake system sporting ventilated discs at all four corners.
A new 2010 Impreza WRX Limited model will also debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.