LA Auto Show: 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

To go on sale in early spring is the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition model that is priced at $32,995 plus $695 D&D. Subaru of America, Inc. revealed that the new model is priced $2,000 lower than the base price of the 2010 WRX STI and will be limited in production.

The 2010 WRX STI Special Edition is equipped with an upgraded performance suspension from the Japanese domestic market WRX STI spec C and spec C wheels and is expected to appeal to the driving enthusiast who is prepared to let go of a few amenities to get improved handling performance.

Suspension for the new version of this high-performance machine is taken from the Japanese domestic market WRX STI spec C model, which adds a 1-millimeter thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear sub-frame bushings plus upgraded springs.

The front springs are 16% stiffer, while the rear springs are stiffer by 29%. Only 125 units of the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition will be painted in exclusive Aspen White however, it will be available in Obsidian Black Pearl, WR Blue Mica and Dark Gray Metallic colors.

All models will have the charcoal-colored 18 x 8.5 in. 14-spoke alloy wheels from the JDM WRX STI spec C.

The motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Subaru Tecnica International, developed the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition that features halogen headlights, a single-disc CD player and 4-speaker audio system, manual air-conditioning unit, and body color side mirrors.

It is an improved version of the standard WRX STI model, which has HID headlights, a 6-disc CD player and 10-speaker system, and automatic climate control. All other features and specifications of the WRX STI Special Edition are similar to those on the standard WRX STI.

The vehicle features the 305 horsepower, 290 ft.-lb. turbocharged, intercooled Boxer engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a powerful driver-selectable powertrain, as well as dynamic handling control systems.

With its bulged fenders and rear quarter panels, aerodynamic ground effects, and rear gate-mounted spoiler, the WRX STI is indeed a classic Subaru competition car. Aside from this, the vehicle is a complete package with its functional engine heat outlets, hood scoop, and brake-cooling air intakes.

The exclusive Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive proves three selectable automatic performance modes aside from its six manual center differential locking settings.

WRTX STI has limited-slip front and rear differentials. Furthermore, its Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system boasts three selectable driver positions. The 18-inch wheels of all WRX STI units are covered with Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 tires.

Press Release

2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition

Subaru of America, Inc. is introducing the 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs December 4-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Available in an initial limited run of 125 units, the WRX STI Special Edition features upgraded performance suspension (derived from the Japanese domestic market spec C), unique Aspen White paint and custom spec C wheels. Pricing will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Also at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru is introducing the 2010 Impreza WRX Limited model, which adds a leather interior, standard moonroof and SIRIUS(®) Satellite Radio over the feature content of the Impreza WRX Premium model. Turbocharged excitement remains courtesy of the 265 HP, 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine powering Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system through a five-speed manual gearbox.

The 2010 WRX STI Special Edition is aimed at the driving enthusiast who is willing to trade a few amenities to gain an extra measure of handling performance over the already extraordinary WRX STI. Suspension for the new version of this high-performance machine is adopted from the Japanese domestic market WRX STI spec C model, which adds a 1-millimeter thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear sub-frame bushings plus upgraded and retuned springs. The front springs are 16-percent stiffer, while the rear shocks have been stiffened by 29-percent.

Available in early Spring, the first 125 units of the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition will be painted in exclusive Aspen White, set off by the charcoal-colored 18 x 8.5 in. 14-spoke alloy wheels from the JDM WRX STI spec C. The WRX STI Special Edition will then become a regular production model later in 2010, available in standard colors.

The WRX STI Special Edition was developed by Subaru Tecnica International, the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. Compared with the standard 2010 WRX STI, the WRX STI Special Edition features halogen rather than HID headlights; a single-disc CD player / 4-speaker audio system instead of the 6-CD /10-speaker system; manual air conditioning in place of automatic climate control, and body color side mirrors.

All other aspects of the WRX STI Special Edition remain as on the standard model, including the 305-horsepower / 290 lb.-ft. turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine, 6-speed manual transmission and a high level of driver-selectable powertrain- and dynamic handling-control systems. The car’s bulged fenders and rear quarter panels, rear gate-mounted spoiler and aerodynamic ground effects give the WRX STI a direct link to Subaru competition cars. The hood scoop, brake-cooling air intakes and engine heat outlets are all functional.

The Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which remains exclusive to the Impreza WRX STI, offers three selectable automatic performance modes in addition to six manual center differential locking settings. The WRX STI is in addition equipped with limited-slip front and rear differentials. The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system features three driver-selectable positions. On all WRX STI models, the 18-in. wheels are fitted with Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 tires.

The Brembo Performance Brake System employs ventilated 4-wheel Super Sport anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Side-curtain airbags and front seat side airbags are standard. The Incline Start Assist feature can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

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