Yep, That's A Factory-Built Subaru STI Automatic

This is the 2011 Subaru STI A-Line sedan, a turbocharged parts-bin wonder that ditches a clutch pedal in favor of a torque converter and a bunch of whirling clutchpacks. No, you can't buy it here.

The A-Line is the only automatic-equipped STI that Subaru sells, and it's only sold in Japan. The model is not new — Fuji Heavy has long offered a two-pedal version of the STI for the company's home market — but the car you see here, based on the 2011 STI sedan, is. The A-spec ditches the Japanese-market STI's 2.0-liter turbo flat four in favor of a 300-hp version of the American STI's 2.5-liter turbo four; the transmission is effectively the same unit found in six-cylinder Legacy and Outback models. Front seats with less aggressive bolstering are part of the package.


Four doors, two pedals, big power. Nice, but not for us — in every sense of the phrase.

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