DETROIT — 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. It's headed for the United States and the U.S. only, a first for STI.
The all-wheel-drive S209, debuting today at the Detroit auto show, is stuffed with performance upgrades and styling tweaks that will make it stand out in Subaru's STI lineage.
Power 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 WRX STI is based off the previous generation Impreza sedan.
The S209 comes with only a six-speed manual transmission.