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Sunday, April 24, 2016

This Subaru WRX STI is a Show Car Worth Showing Off


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It’s amazing what a big wing here, a lip spoiler there, and a new pair of shoes can do for a car. Of its own accord, the redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX STI was a good looking machine, and the current 2016 model continues the trend. But for some, it just doesn’t go far enough. For those folks, this may be the automotive answer.
It’s a 2015 Subaru STI WRX Launch Edition car—one of 1,000 sold last year and all in matching WR Blue Pearl—but that’s where its differences begin to rise. It bolts on a few heady body mods and instead of a standard 305 hp boxer engine under its hood, this ex-SEMA show car is fitted with a Cosworth unit. Total output isn’t mentioned, but we’d gander it’s considerable.


The STI’s body mods add a bit more “racecar” to the punchy Subaru, including a carbon fiber front lip, giant rear spoiler, and exhaust tips from APR, along with Volk Rays 57FXX wheels wrapped in Toyo T1R tires. They’re tucked close under the wheel arches thanks to a set of low-slung BC coilover shocks, matched with new strut bars.

Combined with the uprated stiffness of the standard Subaru WRX STI and its multitude of limited-slip differentials, this car ought to be quite the taut track star. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions, beware.

Underneath the bonnet is where it gets its proper street fighter attitude though. A 2.5-liter Cosworth engine block is married with new Cossie intake manifolds, performance camshafts, a Perrin GT3582R turbo, equal length headers, a new intercooler, uprated fuel injectors, plus a new boost controller, Cobb tuning hardware, and a performance clutch, among other racy bits. Yowza.


According to the owner, it made appearances at both the 2014 SEMA Show and New York Auto Show. It’s not exactly hard to see why.

Like it? The racy Launch Edition Subaru WRX STI recently turned up on eBay, with current bidding hovering below the price of a new STI. Your call Internets, is the mad Subaru a show car winner or a mod-too-far?