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It’s Official; Subaru WRX STI S209 Coming to NAIAS

It’s official, Subaru Corporation will bring the limited edition Subaru WRX STI S209 to the North American International Auto Show.

Subaru Corporation announced yesterday, Subaru Tecnica International will showcase the WRX STI S209 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The higher-performance STI sedan will be officially unveiled in Detroit on January 14 at the press day. The NAIAS is open to the general public from January 16 through January 27, 2019.

SOA teased an image of the “S209” emblem on the front grille above. Subaru of America (SOA) will be getting the limited edition Subaru WRX STI S209 for U.S. performance fans. No other details have been announced, but we can speculate the S209 will be limited to around 500 examples.

Earlier in the week, Subaru teased the STI S209 on their Facebook page with a short video of the camouflaged current-generation WRX STI speeding around Virginia International Raceway. On December 18, Torque News led with a story about Subaru of America filing a US patent for the name "S209" as pertaining to "automobiles and structural parts and structural fittings therefor" as well as "floor mats for automobiles.” 

We expect to see the new STI S209 to get a power increase over the stock WRX STI producing 310hp. Will it get the EJ25 2.5-liter power plant in the current STI or the Japan-only EJ20 2.0-liter Boxer engine? Subaru has been quiet about what engine and upgrades the special edition STI will have under the hood.

We will know complete details when the all-new Subaru WRX STI S209 is unveiled at the Subaru press conference. It’s scheduled for 4:00 PM EST on January 14 at the Subaru booth following a speech by President of Subaru Tecnica International, Yoshio Hirakawa. Stay tuned.

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