Subaru announces WRX STI Diamond Edition for South Africa

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  1. Etheridge-Bird

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    Quoted from PistonHeads 15/11/2018

    South Africa exclusive model boasts 348hp as souped-up Subaru run continues.

    It was just last week that Subaru teased us with the JDM TC380, a 380hp special, developed in partnership with Japanese rally driver Toshihiro Arai. Now, to make matters worse, the manufacturer's South African operation has announced its own limited-run car, the Diamond Edition.

    Uprated to produce a claimed 348hp and 342lb ft thanks, in true modded Subaru fashion, to a remap and a new performance exhaust, the model is the most powerful the region has ever seen - though still not as potent as the UK's 395hp CS400 or, of course, that TC380.

    Nonetheless, 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds - a 0.7 second improvement on the standard STI - sounds plenty quick to us. Handling ought to be improved too, thanks to a new engine brace and six-piston calipers all-round for the Brembo brakes. Spacers on the 19-inch Y-design wheels make for a 20mm wider track, and a more aggressive stance, while High Viz Yellow detailing completes the package aesthetically.

    Inside, each Diamond Edition car receives a unique numbered plaque and model-specific dashboard inlays, as well as a seven-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a seven-inch CarPlay/Android Auto-enabled infotainment system.

    Just 30 examples of the Diamond Edition will be produced to mark the 30th anniversary of STI, with deliveries expected to begin in January of next year. Still, with South Africa and Japan both driving on the left, add those 30 to the 50 TC380s being made and the odds of a determined UK Scooby fan getting their hands on a new, limited-run car have just increased significantly...

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  2. type-ra

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  3. Christiaan

    Christiaan Type R version 5

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    Lol. We tried to get them to bring this car to our photo shoot. But was still in the testing stages. Well done to them! It's been a while since they made a limited edition here in South Africa.
     
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  4. Christiaan

    Christiaan Type R version 5

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    Maybe @MrG can share the magazine article on it? :rofl:
     
  5. funkyrimpler

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    Not my cup of tea
     
  6. MrG

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  7. 1509joe

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    The dreaded 2.5
     
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