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Will they offer it in the U.S. this time around?



Just as we were wondering how you could possibly make the Subaru WRX STI a little more expensive, we get spy shots of a Spec C version testing at the Nürburgring. With our long-term STI ringing in near $38,000, we can only imagine what a special edition might cost.
For those who may not know, the Spec C has become a little tradition of Subaru’s. It’s an offering that’s never been available to us here in the U.S., although the optional package usually entails taking a standard STI and making a few small upgrades that really add up. Minor engine tweaks, an ECU tune, improved suspension, mild body modifications, big white wheels with sticky tires, huge brakes, and weight reduction usually make up the rally-inspired package, and we don’t expect much deviation from this formula for Subaru’s newest interpretation of the STI.

While the changes seen in these spy photos are very subtle, those evident definitely point toward this being a Spec C mule. First, notice the front brake calipers—they’re definitely larger than the existing STI’s and appear to be six-piston units, a trademark of the previous Spec C.

Also, this test car is rolling on big white wheels wrapped in what appear to be upgraded tires and there is a much altered diffuser in the rear. With the 2008 Subaru WRX STI already released and on sale, we’d say it’s very likely you’re looking at the middle stages of development for a new Spec C.

Subaru has not given us any hints that an American Spec C is on the way—but the fact Nissan has given us the GT-R for the first time gives us faint hope. But should the Japanese automaker give us a pleasant surprise, don’t expect to get into one for less than $40,000 based on the STI’s already frightening price.



If it does arrive, we can’t wait to stage a duel with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR.
 

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That would be great if we get the Spec C, but I have to agree that the price of this MY STI is steep. I certainly understand SOA taking advantage of a market that will pay, but that idea gravitates away from the original idea behind the STI.
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i wonder what the actual differences will be..... im not sure if they will be worth it over the stock sti... and especially for over $40k...
 

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I actually really like the new one. In person, they really look much better then in pics. A friend bought a '08 blk w/navi/bbs and it looks awesome.
 

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I have always respected the WRX, but that hood scoop reminds me of a whale shark.

I hate the hood scoop as well, but that's where the intercooler is..:eek:hwell:

They need to have at least 500HP on that car, better handling bigger wheels..
ecu tune and bigger brakes is not gonna cut it.. the stock sti already stops 60-0 at 106ft.. lol

Stage 2 on a stock sti cost < $2500 that puts the car to almost 400HP crank..
 
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