Subaru to Introduces WRX STI Special Edition at LA auto show

LOS ANGELES, — Subaru of America, Inc. is
introducing the 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition at the Los Angeles
Auto Show, which runs December 4-13 at the Los Angeles Convention
Center. Available in an initial limited run of 125 units, the WRX STI
Special Edition features upgraded performance suspension (derived from
the Japanese domestic market spec C), unique Aspen White paint and
custom spec C wheels. Pricing will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto

Also at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru is introducing the 2010
Impreza WRX Limited model, which adds a leather interior, standard
moonroof and SIRIUS(®) Satellite Radio over the feature content of the
Impreza WRX Premium model. Turbocharged excitement remains courtesy of
the 265 HP, 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine powering Subaru's
Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system through a five-speed manual gearbox.

WRX STI Special Edition

The 2010 WRX STI Special Edition is aimed at the driving enthusiast
who is willing to trade a few amenities to gain an extra measure of
handling performance over the already extraordinary WRX STI. Suspension
for the new version of this high-performance machine is adopted from
the Japanese domestic market WRX STI spec C model, which adds a
1-millimeter thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear sub-frame
bushings plus upgraded and retuned springs. The front springs are
16-percent stiffer, while the rear shocks have been stiffened by

Available in early Spring, the first 125 units of the 2010
WRX STI Special Edition will be painted in exclusive Aspen White, set
off by the charcoal-colored 18 x 8.5 in. 14-spoke alloy wheels from the
JDM WRX STI spec C. The WRX STI Special Edition will then become a
regular production model later in 2010, available in standard colors.

The WRX STI Special Edition was developed by Subaru Tecnica
International, the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji
Heavy Industries Ltd. Compared with the standard 2010 WRX STI, the WRX
STI Special Edition features halogen rather than HID headlights; a
single-disc CD player / 4-speaker audio system instead of the 6-CD
/10-speaker system; manual air conditioning in place of automatic
climate control, and body color side mirrors.

All other aspects of the WRX STI Special Edition remain as on
the standard model, including the 305-horsepower / 290 lb.-ft.
turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine, 6-speed manual transmission and
a high level of driver-selectable powertrain- and dynamic
handling-control systems. The car's bulged fenders and rear quarter
panels, rear gate-mounted spoiler and aerodynamic ground effects give
the WRX STI a direct link to Subaru competition cars. The hood scoop,
brake-cooling air intakes and engine heat outlets are all functional.

The Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which remains exclusive to the Impreza WRX
STI, offers three selectable automatic performance modes in addition to
six manual center differential locking settings. The WRX STI is in
addition equipped with limited-slip front and rear differentials. The
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system
features three driver-selectable positions. On all WRX STI models, the
18-in. wheels are fitted with Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 tires.

The Brembo Performance Brake System employs ventilated
4-wheel Super Sport anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes with Electronic
Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Side-curtain airbags and front seat
side airbags are standard. The Incline Start Assist feature can
momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven
away from a stop on an incline.

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