It’s not uncommon for car manufacturers to make drastic changes to a new generation of cars, including changing an entire engine. Therefore, it didn’t come as a shock when Subaru announced that they will no longer be using the EJ20 engine in their WRX STi vehicles. The Japanese automotive company made the announcement during the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. This will be the final edition of the highly beloved Subaru WRX STi running on the horizontally opposed engine EJ20, one of Subaru’s leading sports engines, as orders close in December 2019
Many might be wondering what the big deal is about this engine. While very little is known or heard about the EJ20 engine, this is the driving force behind Subaru’s numerous victories in the World Rally Championship. It has been in production with Subaru since 1989 and while it mostly features in the WRX STi, it has powered almost all Subaru models at one point. This goes to show the level of trust Subaru had in the engine’s capabilities.
The announcement evoked a lot of emotions for Subaru lovers. Most of them were sad to see the highly beloved marriage come to an end while those interested in buying the new Subaru WRX STi are in a dilemma on whether to buy the 2020 version or to wait for the new generation in 2021. Subaru promised that the limited final edition would have some special features to make this car even more of a collector’s item.
The final edition will have some great features that are sure to entice potential buyers. For starters, Subaru will only make 555 models which is a significant number for the carmakers as this was their rally car number. Additionally, it won’t be as easy as to get this car. Subaru plans to sell them in a lottery manner. Anyone who’s interested in owning the Subaru WRX STi Limited Edition will put their names down then Subaru will choose their names at random.
Some of the awe-inspiring features Subaru plans on fitting in the Limited Edition WRX includes the return of the popular gold-plated 19-inch BBS alloy wheels, a perfectly balanced EJ20 engine, bespoke Recaro seats among others.
Alongside the Limited Edition, there is a base model that is readily available in the market. Some of the features in the Subaru WRX STi Base model include a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, heated front seats and 19-inch wheels wrapped with summer tires.
More details about the limited edition will be announced during the big reveal of the Subaru WRX STi EJ20 Final Edition which will be done on 23rd October 2019.
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