“S” cars finally coming to North America
In a new teaser image, Subaru shows off the car’s black grille. Not only does it have special badging, but a red accent line hints at its sporty intentions.
The grille looks a lot like the one on the WRX STI S208, which debuted at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Although Subaru hasn’t announced details, it’s likely the S209 is a limited-edition model like its predecessors. Subaru limited the S208 to 450 units, and back in 2015, it made 400 units of the prior iteration dubbed S207. Before that in 2011, Subaru allotted 300 copies of the S206.
These “S” models were only available in Japan, but it looks like Subaru will expand the series to other markets. Subaru’s teaser last week read, “Something special from Subaru Tecnica International is coming to America for the first time ever.”
Expect the S209 to boast a power increase over the standard STI. In our market, the 2019 STI features the carryover 310-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine from the previous generation, while the Japanese-market STI has a turbocharged 2.0-liter EJ207 flat-four.
The STI S209 will debut January 14, but it’s likely we’ll see more teaser images filter through before the official reveal.