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    • Subaru wants $63,995 for the limited edition WRX STI S209

      $64k+ for a Subaru WRX STI? That is hard to swallow when it is almost $30k more than a standard WRX STI. The S209 is limited to 209 models but are the differences enough to justify the hefty price tag?


      Here is what you get:

      • A reworked EJ25 with 341 horsepower due to its larger turbine and compressor.
      • Max boost bumped up to 18.9 psi (vs. 16.2 psi of the STI)
      • A recalibrated SI-drive system
      • New intake duct
      • Intercooler water spray (via steering wheel paddles)
      • New high flow fuel pump
      • Larger fuel injectors
      • Higher flowing exhaust
      • Wider body to hide the 1.7 wider track (compared to the STI)
      • 19″ x 9″ forged BBS wheels
      • Specially developed Bilstein dampers
      • Special aero
      • Whole lot of S209 badges

      That all sounds nice but it isn't enough to justify the price when the standard STI can easily be modified for $30k to destroy the S209 and then some.

      There will be those that like a warranty and that the work was all done by the factory but this is difficult to justify in a world where the C8 Corvette exists.




      This article was originally published in forum thread: Subaru wants $63,995 for the limited edition WRX STI S209 started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 10 Comments
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        Something underwhelming, but I'd imagine all 209 are already spoken for.
      1. ///MPOSTER's Avatar
        ///MPOSTER -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stevenh Click here to enlarge
        Something underwhelming, but I'd imagine all 209 are already spoken for.
        That sums up my feeling as well. Sorry it wouldn’t let me rep you up.
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        The crazy thing is they decided to stay with the cast pistons and rods since they thought the forged ones may cause reliability issues. This is crazy since the stock hypereutectic pistons were so damn brittle they are known to fail due to ring land issues even stock, so cranking up the boost sounds like a bad idea.

        Plus the type ra had reinforced pistons not sure why this one doesn't.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I could at least make a case for the price if it had a forged bottom end.
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        64k USD (~85k CAD) for something that is probably slower than my tuned WRX from way back in 2010. Nice work Subaru. What is it with the Japanese and never updating their engines? Toyota/Lexus/Subaru are just left in the dirt by other manufacturers.
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nbrigdan Click here to enlarge
        64k USD (~85k CAD) for something that is probably slower than my tuned WRX from way back in 2010. Nice work Subaru. What is it with the Japanese and never updating their engines? Toyota/Lexus/Subaru are just left in the dirt by other manufacturers.
        Not even close if you were to compare it around the track, even modified the WRX doesn't have the center diff control that the sti does which drastically reduces understeer. Also unless you had a full bolt on wrx with larger injectors and a slightly larger than factory turbo it was unlikely your wrx was faster since it also doesnt put power down as well as the sti in addition to this s209 have a larger turbo and better suspension.

        I do agree that japanese manufacturers have a poor reputation with upgrading motors especially when they're as problematic as the ej257 (spun bearings, ring land failure, blown turbos, blown head gaskets, rod knock, piston slap and all of this can happen stock albeit less likely than a modified car).
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I could at least make a case for the price if it had a forged bottom end.
        Yeah me too, tbh the type ra would be a better buy since they attempted to address the ring land failure with reinforced pistons. But imo I absolutely hate the ej257, I personally think it is one of the worst motors that came out of Japan since it's reliability sucks. Plus you have to do alot of mods just to keep the stock motor reliable such as swapping to equal length headers, fixing the Crap stock tune, fixing cylinder 4 over heating issues with a reverse flow coolant kit, aos for the blow by etc.
      1. vrsixxxxxx's Avatar
        vrsixxxxxx -
        In this day and age there is a huge demand for limited edition cars. Think mustang gt350r or demon. Resale value will be higher then msrp. Consider 22b sti also.
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by vrsixxxxxx Click here to enlarge
        In this day and age there is a huge demand for limited edition cars. Think mustang gt350r or demon. Resale value will be higher then msrp. Consider 22b sti also.
        Limited edition cars with heritage will increase in value, the gt350r isn't really super limited production there are so many on the lot brand new as well, plus the value is actually dropping in my location.

        In my opinion cars like the viper acr, 22b like you mentioned, and some hyper cars would qualify as a car that would gain value. The sti s209 isn't special enough since the type ra came out and even had some improvements over the s209.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by vrsixxxxxx Click here to enlarge
        Think mustang gt350r or demon.
        Those are actually worth the money and don't share the motor with the base cars.