Subaru Celebrates 50 Years Of The Boxer Engine With A Car We Can’t Have.

I own a Subaru WRX. It is a great little hatchback from 2014. It’s fun, it’s utilitarian, and I think it’s a great car for the enthusiast that likes to camp or go skiing on the weekends. You’ll never be unhappy on a back road in a WRX. Unless it breaks down and you have a ringland failure or throw a rod. Then you’re going to have a bad time. Though that’s pretty unlikely unless you’ve strapped a ridiculous Turbo on it and didn’t tune. In which case, please go buy a Civic and have a wonderful day.

In other words, the WRX is a cool little car and Subaru produces very few special editions of them or the STI. The STI launch edition only had 1000 examples of it when it came out for the 2015 model year. The immortal 22B only had 424 models produced for homologation. Many of these special runs of cars, like the 22B, are not for U.S. consumption. And it seems as though Subaru will continue that trend.

I’m not the biggest fan in the world of the 2015+ MY of the new WRX, but I’ve driven in on more than one occasion and it’s still a fun, fast, and world beating little car in many respects. Subaru is taking that and making another special edition for Australia only.

Come on!

We need these in the U.S.! Though we already get a similar model, but it won’t be a limited run. This Australia only run will be limited to only 200 examples. Nothing changes under the hood, but here’s the list of improvements that you Aussies will get:

  • WRX sports mesh grille
  • Self-leveling LED headlights
  • Red interior accents
  • 18-inch black BBS alloy wheels
  • STI gear knob (Manual only)
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and a reversing camera
  • Eight-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Keyless entry/start
  • Harmon Kardon sound system with eight speakers and air-conditioning dials
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • D-shaped leather-clad steering wheel with red stitching

To be honest, it might not be as sought after as the 22B is, but limited run Subaru WRXs or STIs retain value better than nearly any other car out there.

If you live in Australia and can pick one of these up, you probably should. You could drive it for 5 years and barely lose a dime on it.



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