Subaru has pulled back the curtain on a pair of 2013 WRX and WRX STI Special Edition models ahead of their debut at the 2012 SEMA Show, which kicks off today in Las Vegas. Each car bows with a unique orange and black color scheme that carries over into the cabin. With black wheels, badges and side mirrors, it should easy to pick these machines out of a crowd. Indoors, designers have graced both sedans with a black headliner and the seats feature orange contrast stitching.

Mechanically, the Special Edition models remain unchanged from their more ordinary counterparts, which means buyers will enjoy 265 horsepower from the WRX and 305 ponies from the more muscular WRX STI. Even so, the flashy paint and trim might be enough to drag buyers to the showroom – if you count yourself among that crowd, best get to getting. Subaru is only planning to produce 200 examples of the WRX and another 200 of the WRX STI. Check out the official press blast below for more information, and stay tuned for our live shots from the SEMA show floor.
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2013 SUBARU WRX AND WRX STI SPECIAL EDITIONS DEBUT AT SEMA SHOW

• Subaru launches new "Orange and Black" Special Editions
• Limited run of just 300 vehicles


Las Vegas - Subaru of America, Inc. reveals 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at the 2013 SEMA Show. The new models are in keeping with a long tradition of customized Subaru SEMA show cars -- and just in time for Halloween. The Special Edition WRX and WRX STI models feature an "Orange and Black" custom paint scheme, with Tangerine Orange paint off-set with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badging and exterior mirrors. The Special Editions cars also receive black exterior graphics.

The Special Edition line-up is limited to just 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans. For a true custom look, the WRX Special Edition features the dark interior trim from the WRX STI, including a black headliner. The Special Edition orange interior is also applied to the stitching on the seats, doors and shift boot, and custom orange trimmed floor mats. The WRX STI also features front fog lamps.

On sale in spring of 2013, the Special Editions spice-up an already potent line up of AWD sports cars. Featuring Subaru BOXER engines, the WRX and WRX STI models develop 265hp and 305hp respectively. Delivering massive bang for the buck, the 2013 WRX Special Edition produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm and running through its standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2013 WRX STI Special Edition delivers a rally-inspired driving experience with its 305-horsepower turbocharged BOXER engine, six-speed manual transmission and exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The WRX STI is also equipped with Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, the latter featuring a track performance-optimized mode.

Please contact your local dealer for further information.


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      D0WNxSH1FT
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the XV Crosstrek's tangerine paint and it is just a visual upgrade to close out the final year of the current chassis. Guaranteed sale of 300 more cars. Can't blame them. Plus what reason is there to upgrade performance? Evo hasnt changed and no one else makes performance manual awd turbo cars for under $40k.
      deeeznuuuts83
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the WRX and STI in general, but there's nothing special about these. It's kind of disappointing for a "Special Edition" considering the virtually identical equipment along with their last Special Edition (for the 2010 STI) having had some differences from the standard STI. They could've at least installed a splitter or blacked-out headlights or something.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So when can we expect the wrx and Sti for the current gen car? Hopefully within a year...seems kinda late to the game.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drewpy
        Yeah- I 'm surprised the 2013 WRX is still based on the previous platform.
          • 2 Years Ago
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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm no Subaru fan, but these two Special Editions look pretty good, especially the non-STI
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many orange cars are at SEMA?
      WindsWilling
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kind of a weak out-going for this gen WRX. Oh well, bring on the next-gen WRX, can't wait for the NYIAS!
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      The orange paint on the XV Crosstrek looks brighter and better.
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      drbyers
      • 2 Years Ago
      All show, no go. Ricer fail... but this is SEMA we're talking about. lol
        Eric Russell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drbyers
        The WRX and STi's are anything BUT all show no go. Try driving one and you'll see for yourself. That said, I can't say I enjoy the orange color, but it's interesting to see they're doing a Special Edition...
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow what stupid cars you made their Subaru.. I can't imagine them even selling 200 of these, people would be stupid if they bought them! Not even one extra part to make it go faster or handle better!!
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fun Fact: WRX hits 60 mph in 4.7 as opposed to 4.9 for the STI due to less shifts before 60
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