- The first ‘S’ series Subaru ever sold in the United States
- One of 209 built; serial number 013
- Hand-built at the STI facility in Kiryu, Japan
- Showing just 37 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing
While the Japanese and world markets have enjoyed Subaru’s hallowed “S” models of the WRX STI for multiple generations, the United States had to wait until 2019, when the S209 variant of the VA chassis code WRX was finally offered to enthusiasts.
The ultimate performance variant and flagship of the Subaru engineering ethos, the S209 brings an already-stout sport sedan to a level which competes with more premium European offerings. Under the hood, the EJ-series 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine has been tuned to extract every ounce of power possible for reliable street use. Its 341 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque are a result of a larger turbocharger, higher-flow-rate fuel injectors, retuned ECU, increased diameter intake with conical filter, and freer-flowing mufflers. However, an intercooler with two spray nozzles for distilled water to cool the charged air, actuated via a paddle on the steering wheel, stands as the S209’s spectacular party trick.
The model’s suspension additionally received serious upgrades. A strut tower brace with a spring-loaded center joint, reinforced front suspension mounting joints, thicker rear anti-roll bar, twin front draw stiffeners, and spherical joints which replace a large amount of the previously used rubber bushings complete the changes made to increase the handling prowess of the S209. Brembo brakes, 13.4 inches in the front and 12.8 inches in the rear, help to complete stops from 70 mph in just 148 feet.
The exterior features aerodynamic improvements including front canards, fender vents, and a massive rear wing, while a carbon roof decreases weight and increases rigidity. Lastly, a wide body kit increases the footprint of the car 1.7 inches. Most significantly, the S209 is a special model hand built with zero tolerance by a small team at the production facility of Subaru Technica International in Kiryu, Japan.
The example on offer is finished in the traditional Subaru color World Rally Blue Pearl and bears serial number 13 out of 209. With factory tags hanging from the dashboard and just 37 miles appearing on the odometer at the time of cataloging, this S209 appears in showroom condition. The car will be accompanied by owner’s manuals still wrapped in plastic, a window sticker, letter from STI signed by management, and a scale model of the car.
The first “S” series Subaru ever sold new on US soil, the S209 is a must-have for any enthusiast of the brand or Japanese automobiles. At this time, this model currently reigns as the ultimate version of the STI as the current body style lacks this nameplate within the lineup. A hand-built creation by a dedicated team of engineers, the car on offer is a unique, exclusive, and significant performance automobile that will hold a special place within any collection.