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Subaru fans will be familiar with the EJ20, as the 2.0 litre turbocharged boxer-four engine has been an integral part of the brand’s history, most notably in their Impreza WRX line-up of vehicles. With production of the race-winning engine set to be concluded by the end of March 2020, the Japanese carmaker has introduced a special edition model to commemorate 30 years of the famed boxer unit.
Thankfully, we managed to capture a few photos of the WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show (alongside the Levorg Prototype), and it looks just as good up close as it did in press photos.
There are obvious nods to the company’s involvement in the World Rally Championship here, as the car comes as standard with a set of gold-painted BBS 19-inch forged aluminium wheels, and is limited to just 555 cars that points towards the sponsorship deal between the Subaru World Rally Team and State Express 555.
Other goodies include Brembo brakes, side garnishes bearing an STI emblem as well as red accents on the front and rear bumpers, with the latter also sporting air outlets aft of the wheels (like on the S207). On the inside, there’s an STI engine start button, a suede-wrapped steering wheel, matte carbon trim and a set of sports seats. Pay an extra 330,000 yen (RM12,674) for the “Full Package,” and you’ll get a set of Recaros instead, on top of an Advanced Safety Package.
Pop the hood, and you’ll see an “EJ20 Final Edition” plaque that identifies the special edition model, along with the famous EJ20 itself. According to Subaru, the engine’s connecting rods, pistons and crankshaft are all mass-balanced, while the standard six-speed manual is paired with an upgraded clutch and flywheel. All in all, the engine churns out 308 PS at 6,400 rpm and 422 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm, with drive going to all four wheels via the company’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
The Final Edition will be sold in Japan via a lottery system, and those lucky enough to secure a unit will need to pony up the base price of 4.521 million yen (RM173,648).