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2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 Prototype: A love letter from Japan

The US finally gets one of Subaru's coveted STI S-line models.

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Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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Subaru's new STI S209 is underneath that camouflage. 

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The S209 is the first STI S-line car to be sold in the US.

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The S209 gets a boosted version of Subaru's 2.5-liter flat-4 engine.

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Subaru estimates 341 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque are on tap.

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The S209 is 1.7 inches wider than a standard STI.

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The front and rear tracks are 0.6 inch wider than a stock STI.

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Specially developed Dunlop tires offer tremendous grip.

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That massive rear wing is the same one found on the STI Type RA.

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It's unclear how much the S209 will cost when it goes on sale later this year.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the new Subaru STI S209.

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