The WRX STI is Subaru’s most iconic model; the modern incarnation of yesteryear’s Impreza, designed to conjure up images of special stage success and rallying legends pushing to the limit.
However, this week the Japanese manufacturer has announced that it is to stop selling its most famous car (in Britain at least), thus marking the end of an era. (But conversely, just last week, Subaru unveiled the Viziv Performance Concept at the Tokyo motor show, which suggests the WRX STI’s story is certainly far from over.)
“With the launches of new models, and investment in platform and powertrains going forward, the timing has felt right to open a new chapter for Subaru and allow WRX STI’s heritage to inform future developments rather than being continued,” said a company spokesperson.
And as a swansong for its British fans, Subaru is launching the WRX STI Final Edition, which features a series of upgrades across key areas of the flagship car, reportedly making it the most capable WRX STI to be ever sold in the UK. It will also be strictly limited to just 150 models.
Styling changes include the front bumper being redesigned to look more purposeful with the lower grille blacked out and being made larger and wider to improve cooling. The central, hexagonal-shaped grille has also been reshaped and a black surround has been added, while the Subaru “wing” design has been incorporated to flow through to the C-shaped headlights. 19-inch wheels that house new larger Brembo brakes, complete with yellow painted calipers, round off the exterior look.
Inside, high gloss black inserts are added to the instrument panel, gear stick surround, door panels and steering wheel with red stitching and red seat-belts fitted to tie the scheme together. The front seats are now heated, and a larger 5.9″ multi-function display has been added to the top of the dash. The instrument panel design has also been updated. The infotainment system now includes DAB radio and a reversing camera is included to make parking easier.