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2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 turns up the heat

If the regular STI isn't enough, feast your eyes on the bonkers S209.

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Emme Hall

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The Subaru WRX STI S209 is the first S-Series car we've had here in the States, and boy is it worth the wait.

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Numerous chassis upgrades essentially make the S209 a street-legal race car.

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The turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is tuned to produce 341 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, which is up from 310 and 290, respectively, in the WRX STI.

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That power goes to all four wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

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There are all kinds of aero goodies as well, like a carbon fiber wing.

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The S209 has a neat little trick up its hood scoop: an intercooler mister. What would normally be a paddle shifter instead directs water onto the heat exchanger.

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Ventilated and cross-drilled Brembo brakes keep things as cool as possible. 

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The EPA gives the STI S209 a fuel economy rating of 15 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway and 17 combined. There's a $1,000 gas guzzler tax, paid for by Subaru of America.

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Inside the Recaro front seats are heated, and they're finished in ultrasuede, as is the steering wheel.

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Subaru will make only 209 units of the S209 at the hefty price of $64,880, including $885 for destination.

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Keep scrolling for more pics of this punched up Subie.

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