Something Wicked This Way Comes: 2020 Subaru WRX STI S209 Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show

The newest iteration of the celebrated Subaru sports sedan will be a special edition, with a limited run of only 200 to become available in the US. But if what we've come to know from the American auto magazine Road and Track is any indication, it's going to be unlike any thrill ride we've seen yet.

The performance enthusiasts here at Reynolds Subaru won't mince words, either: the new 2020 WRX STI S209 is going to be a beast. A new turbocharged 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine with higher boost pressure is set to deliver 341 horsepower, for one -- a sizable jump from the 310 horsepower the current model puts out. That's going to owe to a new HKS turbocharger incorporating both a larger turbine and compressor than a standard STI as well as, in part, to a driver-controlled water spray system to supplement the intercooler and a new intake system, fuel pump, and injectors.

It's also going to be more agile than ever. Forged pistons and connecting rods will offer both higher strength and a lighter assembly build, while a body and frame weighing in 1.7 inches wider overall than WRX STI proper will deliver a 0.6-inch gain in track width. That, in turn, will enable installation of 265-section Dunlop GT600A tires atop 19-inch forged BBS alloy wheels.

Bring new Bilstein shocks, stiffer springs, and a thicker rear sway bar into the mix. Factor in extra braces and drawer stiffeners for both the front cross member and rear subframe. Consider the car's new flexible strut tower brace, a lateral stiffener that reduces body roll and adds flex, not to mention tweaked drive modes and center differential, a carbon fiber wing spoiler and roof, and front and rear fender dive planes and vents. The result is clear: better ride quality than before, and with a far lower weight and center of gravity -- not to mention a few turned heads through the streets of Charlottesville and down the highway to Culpeper or Fredericksburg. The addition of the dependable stopping power of new Brembo brakes is practically a perk.

Keep an eye out for further exciting updates. Until the big release, you're welcome to stop by our 249 Madison Road here in Orange, too, where you can check out its 2019 sibling, Subaru WRX, in Premium and Limited trims. Give us a call, and we'll be glad to schedule you for a test drive to get your engines revving!

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