• The quickest Subaru Automobile and Driver has ever examined, the S209 was a no-compromises observe particular.
  • The value when new was $63,995, making this the costliest Subaru ever.
  • With solely 209 examples constructed, this can be a uncommon alternative.
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With the brand new WRX TR, Subaru is seeking to placate a few of its extra hardcore efficiency followers—however the automobile will not be fairly an STI alternative. The dearth of a brand new STI in showrooms makes the rarer variations of the earlier technology much more interesting. This is your alternative to snap up a particular one: the S209 model, which is the quickest Subaru Automobile and Driver has ever examined.

Up for public sale on Carry A Trailer—which, like Automobile and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos—is a 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209. Sure, that is plenty of letters and numbers, however no, we did not simply go to sleep on our keyboard. Throughout the Pacific in Japan, it is lengthy been the case that the extra suffixes connected to the identify of a WRX, the quicker it’s. With the S209, that is actually the case.

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The S209 was the primary S-series WRX that Subaru delivered to the U.S., however it was a part of a protracted custom of track-focused Subies. The particular version that laid the groundwork was the 1998 22B, constructed as a celebration of Subaru’s World Rally Championship success. By no means formally offered right here, these are actually importable and may fetch tons of of hundreds of {dollars} at public sale.

The remainder of the S-cars—S201 and up—will not be fairly that crazily costly, however they’re in demand. Subaru solely introduced 209 examples of the S209 to the U.S., and at $63,995, it was the costliest Subaru ever offered right here.

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It was additionally Subaru’s most hardcore manufacturing unit observe rat. The two.5-liter flat-four had a bigger turbine, larger increase stress, a high-flow gasoline pump, bigger gasoline injectors, and a reworked consumption. Output was 341 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Despatched, in fact, to all 4 wheels, that grunt was good for a 4.4-second dash to 60 mph in C/D testing and a quarter-mile of 13.0 seconds at 107 mph.

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Past the added increase, the fenders had been much more flared than regular to suit 265-mm-wide Dunlop high-performance tires in any respect 4 corners. Further aerodynamic add-ons delivered actual downforce at velocity, the chassis was strengthened with added bracing, and the suspension and brakes had been reworked to face as much as the trials of high-speed lapping.

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With 7000 miles on the odometer, you need not deal with this S209 like a storage queen both. Drive it everytime you need, and it ought to nonetheless maintain its worth due to its rarity. If and when a brand new STI hits the market, it could be faster, however seemingly will not be as uncooked.

Pop in your blue-and-gold WRC jacket, and head on over to Carry A Trailer to make your bid (maybe in increments of $555). Subaru will not promote you a brand-new STI as of late, however that does not imply you’ll be able to’t get your arms on among the finest ones it made.


Contributing Editor

Brendan McAleer is a contract author and photographer based mostly in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He grew up splitting his knuckles on British vehicles, got here of age within the golden period of Japanese sport-compact efficiency, and commenced writing about automobiles and folks in 2008. His specific curiosity is the intersection between humanity and equipment, whether or not it’s the racing profession of Walter Cronkite or Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s half-century obsession with the Citroën 2CV. He has taught each of his younger daughters tips on how to shift a guide transmission and is grateful for the excuse they supply to be perpetually shopping for Sizzling Wheels.



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