• Dec 3, 2009
2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

So often, the tag of "Special Edition" comes with a not-so-special price increase. Fortunately for Subaru fans, the newly-introduced Impreza WRX STI Special Edition is actually less costly. At $32,995 it's actually $2,000 cheaper than the base price of the standard STI.

Of course, buyers of the Special Edition will have to go without certain features, namely HID headlights, premium audio, and automatic climate control. It's not just a de-contented package, though, as the car also comes with the suspension from the spec C model in Japan that includes a thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer bushings and stiffer springs.

Initially, each car will be painted in Aspen white with the charcoal-colored 14-spoke wheels also cribbed from the spec C. Just 125 examples will be built in the first quarter of 2010, although Subaru says that more will be available later in the year in additional colors. High-res gallery below, pricing press release available after the jump.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

PRESS RELEASE:

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing on the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition model at $32,995 plus $695 D&D. The new model is priced $2,000 lower than the base price of the 2010 WRX STI and will be limited in production. The vehicle features an upgraded performance suspension from the Japanese domestic market WRX STI spec C and spec C wheels.

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 springs. The front springs are 16-percent stiffer, while the rear springs have been stiffened by 29-percent.

Available in early spring, only 125 units of the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition will be painted in exclusive Aspen White. The WRX STI Special Edition will also be available in Obsidian Black Pearl, WR Blue Mica and Dark Gray Metallic colors. All models will be 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 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 side mirrors without integrated signals.

All other aspects of the WRX STI Special Edition remain as on the standard model, including the 305-horsepower / 290 lb.-ft. 2.5-liter intercooled, turbocharged SUBARU 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 Summer performance 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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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh...the bane of my existence. There are hacks available, but they look pretty awkward when installed. I just use a tuner in my LGT and lament the fuzz whenever I'm around a major city.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good show - First thing I did to my '06 WRX was yank the factory premium audio in favor of quality aftermarket components. And the headlights work just fine without HID. They will sell a ton of these, although a bit more power to further distance it from a WRX would help.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should also make the suspension upgrade an optional package to what they already offer.

      Bottom line for me, I like it a lot, I will eventually consider buying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, those tail lights kill an otherwise pretty good looking car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take one! :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much weight to HID headlights add? I consider them a performance feature.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I consider them a frakhead feature. "Look guys, if I'm coming at you, you can't see anything because I basically have my highbeams on at all times!"

        It should be illegal to have them on if there are cars in front of you.


        (note: as for 'frakhead', apparently you're not allowed to swear on the internet)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Legal, OEM, properly-aimed HID headlights should be much less blinding to other drivers than standard halogen headlights because they direct the light where it should be--the road. I agree with you that the idiots with poorly aimed and/or illegal aftermarket HID headlights are "frakheads."

        Manufacturers have recently been omitting HID headlights as a feature on their performance-oriented models. Examples: Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec and Mazdaspeed3. I'm just wondering how much extra they really weigh and if it's significant enough to make a difference in performance (I know that it decreases cost by a few hundred bucks). Oddly, some earlier performance-oriented cars such as the Focus SVT had HID headlights.

        Even without the HID headlights, this model is very cool and I'm happy that Subaru is releasing it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        They don't add weight. They add cost though. Something has to go to pay for the performance mods.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Legal HIDs are really only a problem when they're put on high-riding SUVs because no matter how they aim them they'll end up blinding the crap out of anybody in a regular car in front of it. That said, the bluish color has been shown to be perceived as more "glary" by people since the color is so intense so it's psychologically distracting for other drivers even if it's not aimed too high, but some manufacturers like using the bluer color temperatures since otherwise people don't feel like they're running HIDs. *sigh*
        Hopefully LED lighting will get affordable soon so we don't have to deal with these cons.
        HIDs actually save electricity though so in theory they're robbing less power (although the difference is so minimal as to be pointless)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its not a performance based deletion... its a COST savings! HID headlight are a pricy option. The sound system is bare bones too & there is your 2K savings.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed....I could care less if a car has HID headlights or not. I would love if they offered it without a stereo and speakers as well. It would drop the price even more I could install the system I want myself
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am getting this one... Wanted a regular and to trade in my 2010 forester but this is great.... I want it NOW
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is a good move. I still hate those awful tail lights though. It looks sooooo much better with red lenses:

      http://fancytuning.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/cobb-tuning-subaru-wrx-sti-4.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow. I think the red lenses on the Mazda3 are horrid, but that just looks perfect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I consider them a frakhead feature. "Look guys, if I'm coming at you, you can't see anything because I basically have my highbeams on at all times!"

      It should be illegal to have them on if there are cars in front of you.


      (note: as for 'frakhead', apparently you're not allowed to swear on the internet)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I LOVE THE COMMENTING SYSTEM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      look! the interior is already scratched!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im trading my EVO IX MR for it going to put a deposit down today!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweeeeeeetttt!
        • 5 Years Ago
        finally

        now they might be able to actually sell some
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sweet X ∞!!!

        Sportier+Cheaper=Win

        I like this math!
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I didn't already have an 08, I would buy this. Premium audio system my ass. The STI has one of the worst audio systems in a car, especially when you factor in the NAV system.

        If I wasn't forced to get an STI with the Nav (Canada), I wouldn't have and would have saved a ton of money and basically just purchase $2,000 in after market audio equipment that would sound many, many times better with the savings.

        Hell, the savings ventures me towards stage 3'ing the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's the point in making it cheaper by 2k knowing that since it will intially be limited production, driving up the price by...oh about 2k.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. 2 grand could buy some awesome engine mods. Maybe I should have held off buying my current Subie and gone with one of these.
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