Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition - the most powerful WRX ever
It’s often said that the elderly find it harder to adjust to change - which explains why I will forever look upon the car in this article as a Subaru Impreza. The harsh fact of the matter is however, the Impreza name now resides on lesser machines, with Subaru’s premier and legendary performance saloon using only the WRX moniker. And this, the Diamond Edition, is the most powerful version that’s ever been produced.
The 2.5L Turbocharged 4-cylinder Boxer engine produces a meaty 348bhp, and 342lb-ft of torque. That’s 43 horsepower and 52lb-ft of torque more than the standard STI, which it gains thanks to a sports exhaust, and a remapped ECU. The result is a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds - 0.7 seconds faster than standard - and a top speed of 158mph.
Naturally then, you’ll want to run out and buy the Diamond Edition immediately. But there’s a small problem with that desire: you’ll only be able to buy one if you live in South Africa. And even then, there’s only 30 being made. Allow me to explain...
Rather than being built by the Juggernaut in Japan, the Diamond Edition was created by Subaru South Africa as a 30th birthday present to Subaru Technica International - otherwise known as STI. And what better way to draw significance to specifically what birthday it is than to only make that number of cars available for purchase?!
This isn’t the first time the “Sith Efric’n” division of Subaru has celebrated a birthday in this manner. For 15 years ago, they launched the Impreza WRX STI STImulating Edition. And yes - they only made 15 of them!
From the outside, the Diamond Edition is instantly recognisable thanks to its florescent paint around the skirts, that also floods onto the 6-piston Brembo brakes. All in all, I feel almost tempted to emigrate to Cape Town just so I can own one. For to me, this car radiates a sense of excitement that none of today’s hyper-hatches do.
But what do you guys think about this car? Do you wish it were available globally? Or do you feel Subaru is no longer all that relevant? Let me know in the comments.
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