Think the $64K Subaru WRX Is Too Pricey? Here’s an Alternative

November 21, 2019 Cars By
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Last January, Subaru unveiled the spectacular WRX STI S209. It’s the most powerful STI-branded Subaru production car ever with 341 horsepower on tap. It’s also the first high-performance “S” car in the U.S. The run, about 200 vehicles, is limited. The price tag, starting at $63,995, is staggering. Fortunately, Subaru just announced the “WRX Series.White” for 2020. While it may have a goofy name, it offers a similar limited-edition appeal with a far more reasonable price tag.

The WRX Series.White gets premium appearance upgrades. It features exclusive ceramic white paint, matte bronze wheels (18-inch for WRX, 19-inch for WRX STI), and Ultrasuede-trimmed Recaro seats. For performance, the WRX Series.White cars have a Bilstein sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes with either red (WRX) or silver (WRX STI) calipers, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Subaru will produce a limited run of WRX Series.White cars, but there will be notably more than the WRX STI S209. Subaru will produce 500 WRX and 500 WRX STI versions. The base model WRX Series.White will start at $33,995 (a $1,900 premium over the WRX Limited) and the upper-level WRX STI will start at $42,695 ($1,000 more than the WRX STI Limited). That’s also less expensive than 2018’s top-tier Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

You don’t get the extra 31 horsepower of the WRX STI S209 with the Series.White, but you do save more than $20,000. And, unlike the STI S209, it’s not so exclusive you would worry about protecting your investment every time you drive it.

Reminder: If you are going to pick up a WRX to have a blast driving around in the snow, make sure to pick up some great winter tires. Also, be mindful of law enforcement and other vehicles.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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