VIDEO: SUBARU WRX STI FINAL EDITION IS ANNOUNCEDDate: 2017-11-03
Subaru's legendary WRX STi is being put out to pasture with the announcement of a Final Edition of the current model.
The four-wheel-drive WRX STi Final Edition will be limited to just 150 examples, so best get your order now. In the UK, the price is set at £33,995 – that's an increase of £2,815 over the standard model.
The extra Pounds get you an improved, fully electronic centre differential, larger Brembo brakes and fat 19" wheels. The 2.5-litre turbocharged straight-four remains, albeit with 300bhp and 407Nm of torque now available. This translates to a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds.
Aesthetically, the front bumper and that infamous rear spoiler have been given an aggressive update to add to the drama, while the interior features a 5.9-inch multi-function display with revisions to the infotainment system. It's also got heated seats as standard, with Final Edition badges along the front doors and beneath the gear lever.
It's been 23 years since the WRX STi badge inspired millions around the world – basically, the Impreza saloon became a rally car for the public. And let's not forget rally legend, Colin McRae, taking Subaru to the World Rally Championship. The late 90's was an incredibly fun era for rallying, with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution taking the fight to Subaru.
Eventually, Subaru dropped the Impreza name in 2008, creating a range-topper, stand-alone model using just the WRX STi name.
But, times have changed and life moves on. With Subaru's investment into electric vehicles and its EyeSight autonomous driver assist technology constantly improving, it seems there's no longer a place for an old-school, mechanical hooligan in the family portrait anymore.
By 2021, Subaru will have an EV in its range and the Subaru WRX STi will become a legend relegated to the annals of history.
So, in honour of the Subaru WRX STi Final Edition, we thought we'd take you back in time to where it all started. Check out the video below to watch Colin McRae in action during the 1988 season.
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