Let’s face it, the WRX STI is ancient. The current generation model itself has been around since 2011 and the STI high-performance variant itself, as we know it, has been around since 1994. The engine that the WRX STI has been using, the 2.0-liter flat-four has been around for longer.
Why a lengthy career? Well, many enthusiasts particularly like the Subaru WRX STI and by extension, the EJ20 because of its responsive power and of course, that unique sound which is thanks to a combination of its weird firing order and its lengthier exhaust manifolds attached to two of its cylinders.
Gold wheels just like the O.G. WRX STI
Albeit sorrow inducing for some, Subaru has deemed that it is indeed time to retire the current generation of the WRX STI. To commemorate its rather lengthy production run, Subaru will be releasing the “Final Edition.”
While that name indeed sounds...final, the company won’t actually be retiring that model itself. Instead, they’re actually hard at work in developing the next-generation WRX STI which we will, of course, see in the near future.
Despite not actually dropping the model, Subaru has finally axed the EJ20 engine. While it is indeed available on the Final Edition WRX STI, this will be the last time that the company will be using it on the Impreza lineup. For now, though, we still have no news as to what's going to replace it.
While Subaru still hasn’t revealed any performance numbers as of yet, we do know that this edition of the WRX STI has some special goodies like a set of gold alloy wheels, which is, of course, a salute to the original wheels on the original WRX STI. The EJ20 flat-four will also come with a “final edition” plaque and they’ve also added some useful LED daytime running lamps near the air intakes.
Have a look at the WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition's interior.
If you’re interested in getting this “Final Edition” WRX STI then you’re out of luck because this variant will only be available for the Japanese Domestic Market. If you’re around during its reveal at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, you might want to join a “lottery” where winners will be allowed to buy this nostalgia trip on wheels.
>>> Read Subaru WRX STI 2018 Review for a better look at the car.
The Final Edition plate on the EJ20.
If you want to buy a regular WRX STI though, our cars for sale section has several listings of both used and new examples. For more automotive-related news, please keep reading here on Philkotse.com.