The all-new 2019 Subaru STI S209 has not been officially released for sale yet, but performance fans can catch the newest STI at the 2019 Subaru Tecnica International Boxerfest on June 16, 2019, at York Fairgrounds in York PA. Fans can laugh at Japan customers because before now, the only place you could get an S-line STI was in Japan. Now Japan can only look and not touch this limited edition 341-hp STI S209.
Subaru Tecnica International is only building 200 examples for the U.S. market. So the STI S209 will be a rare animal, and very few fans will be able to get their hands on one, and it won’t be easy for those who really want one. Subaru has not told fans yet how they can even get one.
What will likely happen
We do know, you won’t be able to walk into your local Subaru dealer and buy an STI S209. In Japan, the S-line limited editions are limited in more than just production numbers. Purchasing an "S" model is different, especially considering that it's technically not even a Subaru model because it’s produced for Subaru by Subaru Tecnica International.
Previous Subaru "S" models sold in Japan were sold via a lottery to determine who is lucky enough to get one. You can sign up here to get on the email list to receive updates. You will need to be lucky to even be selected to get one of the 200 examples being shipped to U.S. shores.
Subaru of America has not announced pricing on the 2019 STI S209 but don’t be surprised if the MSRP is well over $50,000. Subaru Tecnica International has put more hardware on the S209 than the $50k Type RA released last year, so don't be too surprised to see a hefty price tag for this special STI that draws from the Nurburgring 24-hr race car. And given only 200 will be built for the U.S. market, expect the possibility of some healthy dealer markups well beyond the sticker in the window. Dealers will be fighting to get their hands on one too.
Subaru announced the exclusive STI S209 won’t be released until late this year, so in order to see one, you’ll need to catch it at Boxerfest on June 16. You can also see it at Wicked Big Meet, June 30, Subiefest Midwest, July 21, Big NW Subaru Meet on August 4, Subiefest California, October 13, and Subiefest Florida, November 23. Unfortunately, we have found out, Rocky Mountain Subaru Festival in Denver, CO has been canceled.
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