Here at Super Street, every now and again we get the opportunity to test probably the most badass cars to hit the road… before they actually hit the road. For me personally, not only did I have the pleasure of testing the newest Special Edition WRX for an entire week, I also had the pleasure of taking it on the road trip all the way from Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona to get it to the test and see how great of a car it actually is. Now, some of you might sit back and think that the concept of spending almost 800 miles in a car over three days would be a bit grueling, but in my case, I could possibly not have been more excited.
First of all, what’s so fancy about this new Special Edition WRX? It’s orange! What else! ? Well, in many ways the making is somewhat of the ode for the original WRX. With 2014 around the corner, Subaru will likely be releasing a completely remodeled sti and wrx, we all know. Though the older chassis will forever bounce around the second hand car market and aftermarket enthusiast industry, this limited-edition bad boy will in reality be the last to feature the matured body style. As far as aesthetics go, I’ll admit, at the beginning I was a little cautious when i was concerned my co-workers may have thought I picked up a sponsorship from Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but the more I stared at the monstrous sedan, the greater number of the vibrant color grew on me. This is basically the car to do it in if you’re trying to turn heads. And in the week that I had the car, I could not count the number of random strangers I needed coming up and asking in regards to the new vehicle, or the quantity of broken necks I witnessed flying by fellow motorists on the highway to Arizona.
The WRX graciously flaunts its older brother’s (the STI) aero plus a wider wheelbase in comparison to its older predecessors. Not to mention the factory wheels are now black and significantly lighter compared to the previous years. The interior hasn’t been “re-done” but has definitely been restyled to put the Special Edition theme as orange accents have already been added to the floor and seats mats to take the car together.
Though, rounding back to my experience; upon stepping inside the vehicle to begin the journey to Arizona I had been instantly mesmerized as I turned the key for the first time hearing the reduced growl of your 265hp F-4 engine breathing through the exhaust and resonating in the back of my head. If I was in a circuit-ready track car tuned for battle, the car felt tight, even before leaving the parking lot, and that i somehow quickly felt as. Upon my first interstate launch, the asymmetrical AWD system quickly glued itself to the ground and sent me flying (It is from -60 in just around 4.7 seconds, approximately 3 seconds faster than the last generation’s STI). Aside from the impressive -60 time, the newest release also puts down a quarter-mile time in only 13.5 seconds at 100mph.
One of the biggest things I could not get free from my mind through the entire trip was the fact of how solid the vehicle felt upon acceleration and-speed cruising. The latest WRX will not push you, it does not pull you, it literally takes you by using it as it blasts down the road. If every single bolt, nut and panel is precisely aligned and fine-tuned to provide the greatest driving experience, It’s as. In fact, probably one of the only complaints that I had with all the vehicle, was that I couldn’t tell the difference once i was going 45 or 90mph. Now, maybe every one of these emotions are tied into the fact that my usual daily driver is a bit of a poop box, having said that i truly believe the car is simply that solid.
If you like what you see, you’ll be happy to recognize that you’ll be able to scoop up one of these orange screamers for about the same general price as any other premium WRX (with maybe a slight increase). Though finding one might end up to become a bit of a challenge as there are only 200 roughly of these floating around…Yep, you read that correctly. It’s limited-edition, what could you expect?
That New Car Smell
2013 Subaru WRX STI Special Edition
The Sticker $29,565
Engine 2.5L turbo DOHC 16-valve Flat-4
The Power 265hp/244lb-ft
Layout Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
Transmission Five-speed manual
Wheels & Tires 17×8 Black Alloy
In The Pump 19/25 mpg (city/hwy)
Deep Thoughts STI? What STI? The Special Edition is plenty good to help keep us satisfied until the next generation rolls through.