Subarus STI S209 is Americas most hardcore WRX yet

first_img Review • 2018 Subaru BRZ tS: A better BRZ, mostly Post a comment Share your voice Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago See All More about 2018 Subaru BRZ tS Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 1:53 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 40 Photos Detroit Auto Show 2019 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Now playing: Watch this: Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Subaru Detroit Auto Show 2019 Subaru The S209 gets the same all-wheel-drive system as the regular STI, with a six-way, manual, locking center differential, and limited-slip diffs at the front and rear. Three drive modes — Intelligent, Sharp and Sport Sharp — allow you to dial in the level of hooliganism. A close-ratio six-speed manual is the only transmission available, and massive Brembo brakes should provide great stopping power.Inside, the changes are minimal, with a suede-wrapped steering wheel and Recaro front bucket seats.Only two color combinations will be available: WR Blue with gray wheels, or Crystal White with gold wheels. We don’t have any word on pricing yet, but seeing as how the STI Type RA costs nearly $50,000, we don’t think the S209 will be too cheap. Look for it to hit dealerships later this year. More From Roadshow • reading • Subaru’s STI S209 is America’s most hardcore WRX yet The stock Subaru WRX STI is already a pretty potent machine. And while the current Type RA ups the performance a little bit more, we’re stoked to see the arrival of the STI S209 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show this week. It’s Subaru’s first STI “S-Line” car to be sold in the US, and only 200 examples will be sold.Continuing the tradition of the S-Line models available in Japan since 2000, the S209 gets upgrades to both its engine and chassis. It uses the 2.5-liter H4 engine we know from the stock STI, though its turbocharger has increased boost, a bigger turbine and compressor. The result is 341 horsepower, and Subaru says 10 percent more torque will be available at 3,600 rpm, right in the heart of the power band.The engine also gets a high-flow fuel pump and larger fuel injectors. In a nod to the 2004-07 WRX STI, the S209 even gets an intercooler water spray system, operated via steering wheel paddles. (The old STI, for reference, had a button to the left of its steering wheel.)Enlarge ImageGold wheels? Check. Wing? Check. Steven Pham/Roadshow The S209 takes a number of cues from Subaru’s STI Nürburgring Challenge race car, including a 1.7-inch wider body, 0.6-inch wider track, big fender flares and a flexible front-strut tower bar. Front bumper canards help generate extra downforce, and vents on the rear fenders help reduce drag. A carbon fiber roof and rear wing help reduce weight.For maximum stickiness, the S209 rides on specially designed 265/35-series Dunlop GT600A summer tires, wrapped around 19-inch wheels. Detroit Auto Show: Check out all the latest releases.Subaru: Stay up to date on all things Subaru. 2019 Subaru STI S209 is a limited-edition rocket Performance Cars Sedans 0 Subaru WRX STI S209 is the most powerful STI ever Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img