If you follow any CAR various social media channels of the magazine, you may have seen the Subaru WRX STi Diamond Edition participating in the 2019 Performance Shootout. And now the local arm of the Japanese automaker has revealed official details about this special edition model.
Designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the STi, the Diamond Edition was developed locally by the Subaru Southern Africa technical team with only 30 copies in contention. R799,000 each, or about R28900 more than the model on which it is based). Deliveries are expected to begin in January 2019.
Subaru SA says it took 18 months to develop the car, with the process including "substantial durability and wear test, oil test and dyno tuning."
The result is increased power (thanks to ECU remapping and installation of a performance exhaust) for the 2.5-liter turbo engine, which in this model makes 260 kW (over 221 kW) at 4 500 r / min and 464 Nm (above 407 Nm) at 4,000 r / min. This makes this the most powerful WRX STi ever offered by Subaru in South Africa.
The top speed remains at 255 km / h, but Subaru says its test shows that the zero to 100 km / h dash has been reduced to 5.03 seconds (or seven tenths faster than the standard model "under the same conditions ").
The Diamond Edition – which, as the standard model employs a six-speed manual gearbox – still gains a Brembo engine bracket and brake system that includes six-potpipes at the front and two-pot calipers at the rear.
The special edition also features spacers on all four wheels, adding about 20 mm in width, while the body kit boasts splashes of yellow "High Viz" (a repeated tint on the brake calipers) and a black 30 "Diamond Edition" emblem bright. Subaru says that the body kit effectively lowers the car – it runs in 19-inch Y design leathers wrapped in rubber 245/35 R19 – by 10mm at the front.
Inside, you'll find a numbered board and a seven-speaker Harman Kardon sound system connected to a 7.0-inch touch screen infotainment system that incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Subaru SA says that each of the 30 examples will be delivered to its owner with a special certificate from the owner that certifies the limited edition validity of the car. Stay tuned for the January 2019 issue CAR magazine (another video or two before that) to see what we thought of the Diamond edition …