Subaru has updated its WRX STI model line yet again, but not here in North America. Instead, Japanese customers will see subtle tweaks to cars sold in their market, while Australian buyers will be able to order a new limited-edition Club Spec WRX model.
Coming in either tangerine or black paint, just 300 of the Club Spec WRXs will be made. Upgrades to the special-edition car include leather interior trim, black-coated 17-inch alloy wheels and door mirrors, an STI spoiler, a blacked-out grille, and unique badging. Black cars will come with red interior stitching, while tangerine cars will have eye-searing orange stitching. The Club Spec WRX is available in sedan form and with the five-speed manual only.
Pricing for the Club Spec WRX starts at AU$41,490 (USD $42,349). An optional STI kit is also available for the Club Spec WRX, and is AU$1100 cheaper to order on the special-edition car than if a customer were to add it to a standard WRX. The kit includes a front lip under spoiler, a flexible tower bar, and a short-shift gear lever assembly.
In Japan, Subaru has expanded the availability of the WRX STI spec C model by adding a sedan bodystyle and dropped some minor content (like the rear fog light, rear wiper) in the name of weight savings. A new premium package has been added for the base WRX STI that includes leather upholstery, 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels, and a body-color rear trim garnish. The new high-performance A-Line type S Package now has a larger rear wing for four-door models, exclusive Alcantara and leather front bucket seats, 18-inch BBS-designed wheels, optional Recaro seats, and optional vented 17-inch Brembo brakes.
The Club Spec WRX will go on sale next month, but only in the Australian market, while the revised WRX STI, spec C, and A-Line type S all went on sale this month in Japan.