Here at Super Street, every now and again we get the opportunity to test some of the most badass cars to hit the road… before they actually hit the road. For me, not only did I have the pleasure of testing the new Special Edition WRX for an entire week, I also had the pleasure of taking it on a road trip all the way from Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona to put it to the test and see how great of a car it actually is. Now, some of you may sit back and think that the idea of spending almost 800 miles in a car over three days would be a bit grueling, but in my case, I could not have been more excited.
For starters, what’s so fancy about this new Special Edition WRX? It’s orange! What else!? Well, in some ways the release is somewhat of an ode to the original WRX. As we all know, with 2014 around the corner, Subaru will be releasing an entirely remodeled wrx and sti. Though the older chassis will forever bounce around the used car market and aftermarket enthusiast industry, this limited-edition bad boy will actually be the last to feature the matured body style. As far as aesthetics go, I’ll admit, at first I was a little cautious as 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 more the vibrant color grew on me. If you’re looking to turn heads, this is the car to do it in. And in the week that I had the car, I could not count the number of random strangers I had coming up and asking about the new vehicle, or the amount 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 and a wider wheelbase in comparison to its older predecessors. Not to mention the factory wheels are now black and significantly lighter than the previous years. The interior hasn’t been “re-done” but has definitely been restyled to fit the Special Edition theme as orange accents have been added to the seats and floor mats to bring the car together.
Though, rounding back to my experience; upon stepping in the vehicle to start the journey to Arizona I was instantly mesmerized as I turned the key for the first time hearing the low growl of the 265hp F-4 engine breathing through the exhaust and resonating in the back of my head. The car felt tight, even before leaving the parking lot, and I somehow quickly felt as if I was in a circuit-ready track car tuned for battle. Upon my first interstate launch, the asymmetrical AWD system quickly glued itself to the ground and sent me flying (It goes from 0–60 in just around 4.7 seconds, approximately 3 seconds faster than the last generation’s STI). Aside from the impressive 0–60 time, the new release also puts down a quarter-mile time in only 13.5 seconds at 100mph.
One of the biggest things I could not get out of my mind throughout the trip was the fact of how solid the car felt upon acceleration and high-speed cruising. The new WRX does not push you, it does not pull you, it literally takes you with it as it blasts down the road. It’s as if every single nut, bolt and panel is precisely aligned and fine-tuned to provide the ultimate driving experience. In fact, probably one of the only complaints that I had with the vehicle, was that I couldn’t tell the difference when I was going 45 or 90mph. Now, maybe all these emotions are tied into the fact that my usual daily driver is a bit of a poop box, but I truly believe the car is just that solid.
If you like what you see, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be able to scoop up one of these orange screamers for around the same general price as any other premium WRX (with maybe a slight increase). Though finding one may end up to be a bit of a challenge as there will only be 200 or so of these floating around…Yep, you read that correctly. It’s limited-edition, what would 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 17x8" Black Alloy
At The Pump 19/25 mpg (city/hwy)
Deep Thoughts STI? What STI? The Special Edition is plenty good to keep us satisfied until the next generation rolls through.