A stripped-down model for those who don't want the bells and whistles.
The ultra-performance-oriented 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition will be priced at $33,690, including a $695 destination charge, when it arrives in dealerships in the spring. The special model debuted at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Subaru noted that the new model is "priced $2,000 lower than the base price of the 2010 WRX STI." Compared with the standard 2010 WRX STI, the WRX STI Special Edition gets halogen rather than HID headlights; a single-disc CD player with a four-speaker audio system instead of the six-CD player with 10-speaker system; manual air conditioning instead of automatic climate control and side mirrors without integrated signals.
The suspension for the special version is adopted from the Japanese domestic market WRX STI spec C model, which adds a 1mm-thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear subframe bushings and upgraded springs.
The WRX STI Special Edition is outfitted with the 305-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo boxer engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
The first run of the vehicle — limited to 125 units — will get Aspen White paint and custom spec C wheels. After that initial run, the Special Edition will join the lineup as a regular production model later in 2010 and will be available in standard colors.