For those of you who feel the beloved Impreza WRX STI has gone a little soft, Subaru has responded with the Special Edition; a sportier, decontented STI. The Special Edition borrows suspension from the Japanese STI spec C, including a thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear sub-frame bushings, upgraded springs and JDM 18″ alloys. The drivetrain is untouched, meaning you get the standard STI 2.5L boxer four, good for 305hp and a six-speed manual.
What does the STI Special Edition owner give up? The HID headlights are replaced by halogens, auto climate control gives way to manual A/C, the 10 speaker, 6-disc CD stereo is replaced by a single disc 4 speaker unit, and no turn signals in the side mirrors. Even with the upgraded suspension, the Special Edition will sticker at $32,995USD, a full two grand less than a regular STI. A limited run of 125 cars will be offered in Spring of 2010 in Aspen White, then the car will be available in all STI colors.