The mad king of all-wheel drive once more scampers to the ramparts, screaming. The Subaru WRX STI S209 is here for my Americans! The first S model for America! Rip four tires with 341 horsepower. Vanquish thine enemy: Mitsubishi. Though there is no Evo to fight against, Subaru continues to wage its own war, thrashing against its own shadow.

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I guess that’s not true. Certainly this special edition Subaru isn’t cheap, and if you view it as a premium car, it is against some stacked competition from AMG with the 45-series CLA and GLA, not to mention the Audi RS3 with 394 hp. The latter car starts at $55,000.

If you’re curious about other performance comparos, the Type RA managed 310 HP for, yeah, $50,000. Production there was limited to 500 units.

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But Subaru says that this car is the fastest STI ever. Much of that, I assume, is down to the water sprayer for the intercooler. Not really. I would peg it more to the 19x9 BBS wheels this thing rides on, running 265/35R19 Dunlops. (They’re Dunlop GT600As if you’re curious.) The Type RA makes do with 245s.

Availability is “limited” but Subaru isn’t saying how much. The Detroit News reported a figure of 200 units, but Subaru has not yet confirmed that exact count, nor has it confirmed the actual price of the S209 yet.

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What stands out is that this is a Japanese-built car, with a tuned EJ25 with a bigger turbo, bigger injectors, water sprayers, and some intercooler work. Forged pistons and rods are also part of the equation, along with a new intake. Torque is unlisted, but weight is. This thing comes in at 3,485 pounds, and that’s with a carbon roof.

Those new fenders, I should not forget, make the car about 1.7 inches wider overall, per Subaru.

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Also new are “specially developed Bilstein dampers, dedicated coil springs and stronger pillow-type bushings,” per Subaru, along with “a flexible front-strut tower bar and flexible front and rear draw stiffeners.” Trust me, you will feel the living hell out of those... draw stiffeners.

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All that being said, I do not believe in my heart that the other vehicles this car stands against have the pure anger and aggression of Subaru and this newest STI S209. I bow before it. I kiss the dirt.

Slide before more, S209. Pelt me with rocks as I return to you praise.

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