Dropping the last piece of the puzzle into place, Subaru
used the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show to announce that its new WRX STI Limited Edition will roll into dealers next March with a base price of $33,690. Revealed just recently, this even more "focused" variant of the baddest WRX is fitted with trick suspension bits borrowed from the Japanese market WRX STI spec C and also gets unique charcoal-finish spec C wheels. While the first batch of 125 also will be painted in Aspen White, the STI Limited Edition will become a regular part of the WRX lineup later in 2010 and be available in all standard STI colors. Another product of the speed merchants at Subaru Technical International, the new Limited Edition retains all of the base STI drivetrain components from a 305-horsepower/2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four, six-speed manual transmission and the multi-mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) variation of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system to bigger Brembo brakes, enhanced stability/traction controls and bolder bodywork. While the new Limited Edition does swap the STI's HID headlamps for halogen alternatives, has manual rather than automatic air conditioning and makes do with a four-speaker/single-disc CD player in place of the normal 10-speaker/six-disc unit it's still a ride we look forward to taking. For those desiring to temper their sporting spirit with a bit more civility, Subaru also displayed the new Impreza WRX Limited. Starting at $29,190 in sedan
form and $29,690 for the five-door wagon
, these Limited variants richen the feature set of the already well-appointed 265-horsepower WRX Premium models by adding leather upholstery, a power moonroof and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.