JDM Subaru WRX STI Carbon Messes With A Good Thing

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For Tokyo, Subaru's revealed the WRX STI Carbon. It takes the Subaru WRX STI, replaces the regular roof with carbon fiber, adds suede seats to enhance "driving excitement" and comes with the JDM-spec automatic transmission.

We understand the decision to further lower the weight of the WRX STI, so we guess the carbon fiber roof makes sense. But we don't have the slightest idea why Subaru would decide to then boost said weight savings with suede seats — something we don't think really "enhances driving excitement." Sort of like the JDM-only automatic transmission. Puh-lease Subaru, do not be bringin' this here, kay?

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IMPREZA WRX STI CARBON (Display model)

Based on the Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line model with 5 speed automatic transmission that offers distinctive driving performance to a wider range of customers, the Subaru Impreza WRX CARBON features the use of carbon material in the roof to achieve both a significant weight reduction and a lower center of gravity. In addition, the suede fabric used in the interior enhances driving excitement and pride of ownership

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DISCUSSION

Okay, it's my day to be the contrarian.

How, exactly, does it mess with a good thing? As enthusiasts, no one is forcing us to buy the automatic. The manual is still there in all of its stick-shifty, pseudo-phallic goodness. That hasn't changed.

All that Subaru is doing by adding an available automatic is trying to get the best possible return on investment by selling as many STis as possible. The more STis they sell, the more likely it is we'll get another one when the next generation of Impreza comes out.

I don't need to remind you that the existence of this generation of STi was threatened to begin with, and now doubly so since Subaru pulled out of WRC.

Anything, anything at all, that increases the odds of us getting another STi is a good thing, right?

So suck it up, get the hell over yourselves, and if one of us goes to buy an STi, just opt for the manual and rid yourself of all your cognitive dissonance.