Suspension for the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition is derived from the Japanese domestic market WRX STI spec C model, which adds a 1 mm thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear sub-frame bushings plus upgraded and retuned springs. The front springs are 16 percent stiffer, while the rear shocks have been stiffened by 29 percent.
The first units of the model will become available in spring and will be painted, as we said, in exclusive Aspen White, set off by the charcoal-colored 18 x 8.5 in. 14-spoke alloy wheels from the JDM WRX STI spec C. The WRX STI Special Edition will then become a regular production model later in 2010, available in standard colors.
Compared to the standard 2010 WRX STI, the WRX STI Special Edition features halogen rather than HID headlights; a single-disc CD player / 4-speaker audio system instead of the 6-CD /10-speaker system, manual air conditioning instead of automatic climate control, and body color side mirrors.
However, the power unit and performance figures will remain the same as the standard version, which means that it features the same 305 horsepower / 290 lb.-ft. turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine and 6-speed manual transmission.
Subaru will be also introducing the 2010 Impreza WRX Limited model at the 2009 LA Auto Show, which adds a leather interior, standard moonroof and SIRIUS Satellite Radio over the feature content of the Impreza WRX Premium model. Powering the car is a 265 horsepower, 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine boosting Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system through a five-speed manual gearbox.