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11-24-2009, 12:39 PM
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2010 Subaru WRX STI Special Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

For U.S. Subaru (http://www.autoblog.com/make/subaru/) enthusiasts, it has long seemed like the folks at Fuji Heavy forgot that we might be interested in special-edition WRX (http://www.autoblog.com/model/wrx) models too. New hotted-up variants of the all-wheel-drive hero car have been released in the UK and elsewhere on what seems like a monthly basis, but here in the States, we've largely done without. Thankfully, at last there is just such a U.S. model in the pipeline, and it's headed for the LA Auto Show (http://www.autoblog.com/category/la-auto-show/).

The the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition starts by utilizing the suspension package form the JDM WRX STI Spec C (1mm thicker rear antisway bar, stiffer springs and more robust rear subframe bushings), and the model also inherits the charcoal 18 x 8.5-inch 14-spoke alloys from that car as well.

Interestingly, the Special Edition is decontented somewhat. Unlike the standard U.S. STI, the SE makes do with a downgraded stereo (single-disc CD/four speakers versus six-disc/10 speakers), manual HVAC controls, conventional halogen headlamps, and indicator-free side mirrors. It isn't immediately clear if this change in specification helps shave any weight, but the smaller stereo alone probably helps the car drop a few pounds.

Subaru says it plans to initially offer the Special Edition in a limited run of 125 units this Spring, all painted Aspen White. Later in 2010, the Special Edition will become a normal production model available in other colors. Pricing has not yet been released, but if you're at all interested in one of the first 125 examples, we'd suggest getting on a list with your local dealer now. Check out the full press release after the jump and the high-res gallery below.

Gallery: 2010 Subaru WRX STI Special Edition (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2010-subaru-wrx-sti-special-edition/low/)
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