Last month, Subaru began teasing a special-edition WRX STI that it planned to reveal at this year's Detroit auto show. We later learned the car would be called the S209, suggesting it would be the follow-up to last year's Japan-only S208. Now we have a better idea of what the S209 will look like thanks to a new teaser that Subaru posted on Instagram.
As you can see, the S209 still basically looks like a regular STI. Considering it's just a special edition, though, we didn't expect any wild styling changes. But beyond gray paint and a Type RA-like wing out back, the biggest difference you can see here is a wide-body kit. Unfortunately, adjusting brightness and contrast settings with Photoshop didn't reveal any other important details.
Assuming the S209 follows the same formula as the S208 did, expect Subaru to keep production extremely limited. But since it will be offered in the U.S. , there's a chance we'll see a run of more than the 450 S208s Subaru built last year. It should also be more powerful than the regular 310-hp STI, although there's no telling how much more power the S209 will get. The S208 made 324 hp, which wasn't what we'd call a huge power increase.
Still, if it's lighter and more fun to drive on the track, the S209 could end up being popular with Subaru enthusiasts who wanted more from their STI than the Type RA provided. But since Subaru also announced a January 14 reveal, at least we know we only have to wait a week for more details.
Source: Subaru via Instagram