Homologate [ho'malegat]: verb. 1) approve for sale in a particular market or use in a particular class of racing. 2) express agreement with or approval of. 3) set something up to be loved by Jalopnik. STI sedan, anyone?

Few things are as excellent as a homologation special, and few homologation specials are as excellent as Subaru's WRX STI. This is the latest version of the marque's iconic performance car; in addition to a host of suspension improvements, it features a return to the four-door form factor that once defined the model.

The four-door STI will accompany the five-door version into production for 2011. The model also receives updated suspension tuning — stiffer springs and sway bars front and rear as well as a lower ride height — and a host of minor trim updates. (Yes, you sharp-eyed reader, you, those are three-inch stainless exhaust tips! Good catch!) The picnic-table spoiler is claimed to eliminate lift at speed.