Subaru Tecnica International, in a first, sends S209 to U.S.
For nearly 20 years, Subaru Tecnica International, Subaru Corp.'s motorsports arm, has rolled out high-performance variants of the WRX STI under its S-line exclusively for the Japanese market. That changes with the 2019 STI S209 debuting at the Detroit auto show. It's headed for the United States and the U.S. only, a first for Subaru Tecnica International performance S-line vehicle.
The all-wheel-drive S209 is supplied by a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine that features an STI turbocharger as well as a larger turbine and compressor, which gives the S209 341 hp, an increase of 31 hp over the base 2019 WRX STI. The S209 comes with only a six-speed manual transmission. Exterior line of S209 includes a wide-body exterior treatment, front, rear and side spoilers, front bumper canards as well as a carbon fiber roof panel and rear wing. It also gets 19-inch wheels, Dunlop Sport Maxx GT600A tires developed exclusively for the S209 and Brembo brakes with high friction.
Inside, there's a black interior with silver accents on the Recaro front seats, red accents on the dash and an STI badge instead of the Subaru logo on the steering wheel.
Subaru of America will build around 200 units of the S209 wich will be offered in two color combinations: World Rally Blue Pearl and Crystal White Pearl.
The S209 will be produced at Subaru's Gunma plant in Japan and then undergo final assembly at a Subaru factory in Kiryu, Japan, where STI completes its S-line vehicles.
Launch is scheduled for the end of this year.