As a celebration of the thirty years of STI, Subaru introduced the WRI STi Diamond Edition 2019, a halo model in the performance of its car.
Developed by the technical team at Subaru South Africa, the Diamond Edition is exclusive to the region and only thirty numbers of vehicles will be sold.
There is a strong and nostalgic legacy behind the names of motor sports and subsidiaries from Subaru Corporation, Subaru Tecnica International. STI.
GALLERY: 2019 Subaru WRX STi Diamond Edition
Three letters that have commanded the respect and passion of performance car enthusiasts for three decades. In thirty years, these three letters have graced the motorsport royalty racing series, dominating the world stage of the rally and racing circuit and carving a reputation for slaughtering the most respected competition.
Officially registered in April 1988, STI made headlines from the start, breaking the World Speed Resistance record in the 164kW Legacy RS RA. This car completes 100 000km for 20 days with an average speed of 223km / hour.
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In 1993, Subaru debuted the new Blue and Yellow Legacy RS race car driven by Scotsman, Colin McCrae who drove his car for the team's first victory at the New Zealand rally.
In 1994, STI signed the WRC Champion Carlos Sainz to the team and together with McCrae, became a team to watch that season. Subaru finished second overall in the 1994 World Rally Championship with Sainz placing second in the drivers' standings and fourth Colin McCrae.
From 1995 to 1997, Subaru dominated the WRC winning the constructors' championship for three consecutive years, making world champions Colin McCrae and Tommi Makinen in the process.
It was a winning hat-trick that confirmed the signature of the Subaru STi World Rally in blue and the roar in the minds of fans all over the world.
After that, the STi-team continued to be a competitive runner-up for several seasons before the Subaru Impreza STi crowned another racer champion, Petter Solberg in 2003. Subaru's dominance on the world rally stage is evidence of versatility and versatility in every field of the world rally stage offered.
After achieving so much in the rally, STI officially resigned from the World Rally stage in 2008 and instead focused on endurance racing. In 2008, he entered the WRX STI in Germany 24 Hours at the Nurburgring.
This narrative is very similar to the WRC story – STi has dominated the SP3T class where it competed, winning in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2018, often in the most dangerous wet weather.
In just 30 years, STi has crowned Subaru with 3 World Rally Constructors, 3 World Rally Championship Winners, 47 World Rally Championship wins overall and 5 class wins in the 24-Hour German Nürburgring race.
This did not include many championship victories by Subaru working the team in exploiting regional rallies in Canada, America and Australia.
Apart from this, there are many car speed records and car production including a record 2016 Isle of Man lap record and 2018 40-minute 58.8 seconds running speed from the famous Transfagara an Highway in Romania. Both of these achievements were completed by veteran rally ace Mark Higgins at the WRX STi which was specially prepared.
While results and championships are a statistical highlight of STi's history, the philosophy of STI always places driving pleasure and peace of mind at its center.
In anticipation of 2018 marking the thirtieth anniversary of STi, South Africa's Subaru began a development project to produce a stronger version of the iconic performance sedan.
This is a project that was followed but another similar effort was only 14 years ago when the STImulating Edition STi was launched in South Africa alone.
In 2004, Subaru SA sent 15 special editions of the Impreza WRX STi. Based on the standard model, the limited STI STIMulating edition develops 195kW of power and 343Nm of torque. These cars are celebrating 15 years of STI and they have become collectors' items.
The Diamond Edition follows the same tradition – a limited project containing only 30 unique vehicles as an ode for the 30-year STI.
The project was pioneered by the South African Subaru Team (SSA) and led by Subaru SA Technical Manager, Deon Van Heerden and the goal was clear. He said: "We need to get STI reborn and create a stronger vehicle and something that will be a talking point for STi fans."
The development of the first donkey arrived in December 2016 and the development of the Diamond Official Edition performance began in January 2017. It took 18 months to develop the car to the point where Subaru SA was fully pleased with the results and results.
This is a large process of resistance and wear testing, oil testing and dynamic adjustment. While the technical departments are responsible for improving performance, they are also involved in the design process to make cars that not only appear more aggressive but also look more attractive and will get the advantage of unique styling.
Compared to the standard WRX STI, Diamond Edition slaps a more aggressive position and highlights prominent elements. Utilizing a spacer on all wheels, the car sits 20mm wider than a standard car.
Another key identifier of Diamond Edition is the all-round body kit in the same High Viz yellow that adorns the Brembo brake caliper. This lowering kit car with 10mm on the front adds a sporty attitude and provides a unique Diamond edition, a prominent presence.
On each spoiler propeller kit, there is a small but different STI stainless steel badge – another unique identifier of the Diamond Edition that is equipped with a 30 Diamond Edition black badge high on the rear wing side.
The signature STi feature remains unchanged: LED Daytime Running hawk-eye; large spoon intercooler bonnet in front and rear spoilers. The STI is equipped with 19-inch 245/35 R19 rubber in Y-design alloy that is dark, light and aluminum.
Also, the new MY2019 WRX STi is a rear fog light to increase visibility in poor conditions.
Unique interior touch
Limited to just thirty units, the Diamond Edition combines Diamond Edition which details in the cabin. New facet-designs on the driver and passenger dashboard inlays are unique to the Diamond Edition car, with exclusive numbered panels on the driver's side.
The WRX STi Diamond Edition is also equipped with a 7-speaker speaker system, Harmon Kardon 440W. The 7.0 Touch Screen Infotainment System with a 6-speaker CD and Bluetooth hands-free function now also includes an updated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto application. It reflects the user's telephone interface and allows a better user experience and safer driving.
Performance is everything
The main goal in creating the WRX STi Diamond Edition is to increase the strength and performance of the vehicle but also to make sure the car remains fun to drive every day.
This is the essence of Confidence in Motion. Deon Van Heerden said this was the main focus.
"We definitely want to achieve more power but not to the point where the vehicle becomes unpleasant to drive or too strong. I think we have achieved that," he said.
"We have succeeded in developing the fastest and strongest production STi ever released in South Africa and I am very proud of our team." Deon Van Heerden's mission has been achieved.
Increased power has been achieved through remapping the car's Electronic Control Unit and installing a performance exhaust system. The high-powered, 2.5-liter Boxer engine, now has 260kW that is robust at 4 500 rpm and produces 464Nm of torque at 4 000rpm.
The highest speed remains 255km / h but 0 – 100km / h has been significantly shortened. Tested in Gauteng at an altitude of 1 410m above sea level, the Diamond Edition reaches 5 seconds 0-100km / h, 0.7 seconds faster than the standard WRX STi brothers in the same conditions.
The time of 0 – 160km / hour has also been exceeded more than 1 second with Diamond Edition posting a time of 13.7 seconds and a standard vehicle that posted 14.7 seconds of time.
To overcome the extra performance, the Subaru SA team also installed a new STi engine buffer to improve stabilization and balance. The resulting strength is kept in check by the strong stopping force of the Brembo braking system featuring a 6-pot caliper in front + 2-pot calipers at the rear. This system also features 4-sensor / 4-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
Handling on the WRX STi is the property of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru system which is coupled with the Multi-mode Electronic Controlled Controller (DCCD).
The high-speed electrically assisted steering wheel is weighed with sportiness. This allows the car to stay on the road with calm and confidence at high speeds below varying road surfaces.
The entire WRX STI driving experience is for purist drivers – mechanical, visceral, raw and strong. Subaru's signature thundered at the WRX STI has been upgraded.
Power generated through longer and lower torque curves, sporty steering, and six-speed manual transmission feels perfect and mechanical, adding to the focus of the purist driver. That is the driver's car that must be passed.
The MY2019 WRX STI Diamond Edition is a 5 * safety achievement. In 2018, revisions to the front frame structure were made to improve safety in frontal collisions.
The STi Diamond Edition is equipped with Vector Active Torque, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control and seven airbags including the driver's knee airbag.
The front seat has been designed to reduce whiplash, side doors contain retaining beams and the cars have a brake pedal security system that reduces the risk of damage to the foot during a collision.
Paired with security supported by the All-Wheel Drive and Boxer Engine Engine Technology, the WRX STi is a real example of safety and performance.
This car is also equipped with a number of driver assistance systems such as Front and Rear Cameras for safe and optimal placement; Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Traffic Warning.
Only 30 have the opportunity to have it
The exclusive nature of Diamond Edition means that only 30 units will be prepared and sent to customers in South Africa. As part of the customer's sales experience and in addition to the unique identifier on the car, these cars will be sent to customers with a special Owner Certificate stating the validity of the limited edition of the car.
The halo preorder model starts in November 2018 through selected Subaru dealers with shipments programmed for January 2019.
Prices are set at R799 000 including a 3-year Full Maintenance Package or 75,000 km and a 5-year warranty or 150 000 km.