The special — and bright — Subarus that debuted on Halloween at the SEMA show have at last been priced. The 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition will cost $35,565 while its lesser-powered orange-and-black sibling, the WRX Special Edition, will carry a base price of $29,565.
For $500 over the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium trim, the special edition gets you plenty of visual upgrades plus exclusivity: just 200 WRX special-edition sedans will be made, and 100 WRX STI special-edition sedans. Including destination, the $29,565 price includes the Premium trim’s power moonroof, heated front seats, and fog lights plus — of course — a five-speed manual transmission and a turbocharged 265-hp 2.5-liter flat-four engine.
Both cars receive the orange paint, as well as contrasting black wheels, side mirrors, and exterior graphics. inside, you’ll find the orange color on the seat stitching, doors, and shift boot, with orange-trimmed floor mats, too.
The $35,565 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI builds on the base STI model since there is no Premium trim. We don’t think STI customers will complain — all STIs get a 305-hp turbocharged engine, six-speed manual transmission, Brembo brakes, and driver-controllable suspension settings.
The 2013 WRX and WRX STI special editions are a bright sendoff to the current body style, which is soon to be replaced by a sporty sedan and four-door hatch based on the regular-strength 2013 Subaru Impreza. While it’s too early to know how the next-gen Subaru Impreza WRX will perform, one thing’s for sure: fuel economy will improve. The 2013 WRX is EPA-rated at 19/25 mpg city/highway, compared to the STI’s 17/23 mpg and the manual-transmission new Impreza’s 25/34 mpg.
The 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI special editions go on sale in the spring.