Subaru has confirmed the WRX STI S209 will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show.
From rumors to teasers, and now confirmation direct from Subaru. The WRX STI S209 is real and it is indeed coming to America. Not only that, we know that it will debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 14th, 2019.
In an official statement from Subaru, the S209 will be unveiled at 12:40 PM after a brief (hopefully) speech from Subaru Tecnica International President, Yoshio Hirakawa.
We also got a great closeup picture of the S209’s grille. It looks exactly like the S208 and S207 before it, so there’s not a lot to be surprised about, but it’s our first glimpse of the S209 in the flesh.
Our first look at the S209 covered in camouflage happened last week when Subaru released a teaser video on their Facebook page. What we saw was the best WRX STI that Subaru has ever made, an evolutionary improvement upon the S-series of ultimate STI sedans. It seemed to have no trouble tearing up Subaru’s test track, and it certainly looked the part of a fast Subie thanks to a big rear wing and enhanced aerodynamic body parts.
The real question is what’s going on under the hood. The North American version of the WRX STI has a 2.5-L turbocharged boxer-4 engine, but all previous Japan-only S-series Subies have been equipped with a 2.0-L turbo engine that surprisingly gets even more power despite being a smaller engine. The S208 produced 329 hp and 319 lb-ft of torque, while the top of the line North American WRX STI only gets 310 hp and 290 lb-ft.
While the engine is still an open question, there’s no doubt that the S209 will come equipped with even bigger Brembo brakes, Bilstein shocks, and Recaro racing seats. Previous S cars got a carbon fiber roof, so we should expect at least that much carbon fiber on the S209.
All will be revealed on January 14th. Until then, we must remain patient. The best Subaru of all is coming soon.