Subaru WRX STi Final Edition 02 | 11 | 2017

    SUBARU WILL FINALLY pull the curtains on its iconic WRX STi, the car made famous by the World Rally Championship success of rally legend Colin McRae. (Related: Colin McRae — A memory of 2007)

    The WRX STi badge first made its appearance in 1994, and essentially were rally cars for the road, owing to the WRC success of McRae and Subaru. From 2008, Subaru dropped Impreza from the WRX STi name, selling its range-topping saloon as a stand-alone model.


    Limited to 150 examples, the four-wheel-drive WRX STi Final Edition is available to order now at Scottish dealerships priced from £33,995: that’s £2,815 more than the standard model.

    But for a piece of motoring history, the investment’s probably worth it. That, plus the fact the Final Edition gets improvements made by Subaru Tecnica International to the centre differential, which is now fully electronic.


    Oh, and while the 300bhp 2.5-litre turbocharged straight-four remains, delivering a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds, the Final Edition gets larger Brembo brakes. This, in turn, has increased the wheel size to 19 inches. There’s also a more aggressive front bumper, as is the larger rear spoiler.


    Inside the cabin, heated front seats, a 5.9-inch multi-function display and a revised infotainment system are all standard. Subaru has also applied Final Edition badges along the front doors and beneath the gear lever.


    Subaru says the reason for ending the 23-year run of the WRX STi lies with the company’s increased investment into the production of electric vehicles, along with further improving its EyeSight autonomous driver assist technology. It plans to launch its first EV by 2021.

    Related: Subaru WRX STi gets in-car WiFi

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    Jim McGill


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