• Oct 23, 2008
Click either image for a high-res gallery of the Impreza WRX STI 20th Ann.

Celebration and disappointment -- that's what the Subaru Impreza WRX STI 20th Anniversary edition brings to the party. Celebration because it marks two decades of low-mounted, boxer-powered, all-wheel-drive fun and disappointment because the Takumi concept we saw earlier this month – assumed to be a glimpse of the future Spec-C WRX – was just an early unveiling of this limited edition Impreza.

To make matters worse, the 20th Anniversary WRX doesn't get much in the way of modifications. The only substantive changes to the STI's dynamics come from a new set of coilovers with retuned springs and shocks to offer a more planted ride, along with thicker front and rear anti-roll bars and a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels to compliment the only available hue (white). Body mods are also kept to a minimum, with only a black lip spoiler and rear wing subtly proclaiming the STI's special status.

No special edition would be complete without the prerequisite badging, so in addition to leather Recaros with red stitching and a matching shift knob, a commemorative plaque on the center console and a new set of door sills are the only thing letting people know that the Impreza is one of the 300 limited edition examples. Oh, and there's a special red pouch for the key fob too.

Sales are beginning in Japan as you read this, carrying a price tag of 4,126,500 yen.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it when you talk industry talk. JDM. So cool. Japanese Domestic Market. Nice.

      4,126,500 Yen is just about $41,265 yankee smackers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just wish we could get those Recaros here in the USDM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Special red pouch?! I'll take two!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This..is very unnerving. This is the 3rd WRX STI spec announced in just a few months and each one is not avaliable in America... What else is there for 17 year olds to under steer of the road and into a ditch?! Seriously though I feel sorry for people what spent the 37+ grand to get the one they released earlier...I even feel sorry for the Subaru WRC team who keeps getting spanked by Citroen.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Any cheap FWD car with some mods would be a great understeering candidate.

        Though, you're not going to have much fun trying to mini-drift a front-wheel-drive econocar through a turn any more than you're going to find a lot of 17 year olds driving $40k+ cars...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The kid's turbo could spool at 12 mph and he'll slide into a garage...

      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a lot of money on the horsepower front, and again, Nothing for Efficiency. Capitalism, stuck in some kind of 19th century Delusion of how the world works. Where's the diesel or a hybrid?
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOVE this car, absolutely GORGEOUS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Japanese always do this. Back in my video gaming days, every special-edition PS2 console or video game used to be 'JDM-only' and now as a car enthusiast, I see it extends to their cars as well.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree. I've liked this body since the first pics came out last year. And now that Mazda has gone in a different direction with the new 3, Matrix-ish, I'm leaning towards Suby.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's actually a really good price. It'd probably cost you more to buy a loaded STI and add a set of reliable aftermarket coilovers and sway bars to it. I would have thought they'd have painted the car blue, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car has really grown on me.. at first i thought it was ugly but wow! thats simply gorgeous! i wouldnt mind owning one...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me a lot of the '88 300ZX SS. White with white wheels, suspension upgrades and recaros. Except we got the SS over here.
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