Today, Subaru unveiled its newest WRX STI variant. Its simply called the Special Edition, or SE and it will make its physical debut during the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.
This means two things for the automotive world. First, Subaru will not be updating the current hatchback version Impreza after its first two years of production---straying from a trend it has used since the Imprezas creation. Secondly, attention has most likely shifted to the development of Subarus version of the FT-86 sports car.
Now that these alarming details have been raised, concentration can be shifted to next years STI SE and its unique features. Subaru says they will be producing 150 models of the SE and they will all be painted in the classic Aspen White shade.
Subaru fans should be most intrigued by the SEs wheel and suspension package (basically the only change to the regular STI model). This includes a set of 18-inch forged alloy wheels in a charcoal finish and new suspension pieces---both borrowed from Subarus JDM Spec-C sports sedan.
Other features include a weight-cautioned interior that sheds its navigation system, 10 speakers, and automatic climate control, in favor of a single CD player, four speakers, and manual climate control. This special STI also trades its HID headlights for lighter halogen types.
No changes have been made to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, exhaust, or braking systems, so the 2010 STI should perform similar to the present models.
Subaru plans on keeping the SEs wheels and suspension on all 2010 STI models, after the first 150 models are produced and sold. However, the Aspen White color will only be available on those first few cars.
To conclude, the 2010 WRX STI is set to remain fairly unchanged. There will be a special edition, which will eventually become an option package for all 2010 STI models (and possible for the regular WRX line).
Subarus spokespeople may want to prepare their explanations now, for when they enter the LA Show, they may be greeted by some confused faces.