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Subaru is limiting the swansong WRX STI Final Edition to just 150 in the UK. Picture: Subaru

Subaru is limiting the swansong WRX STI Final Edition to just 150 in the UK. Picture: Subaru

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It’s the swansong for an iconic ‘Scooby’, last blast for the rally-bred legend that is Subaru’s WRX STI.

The modern incarnation of yesteryear’s Impreza, conjuring images of special stage success and rallying legends pushing to the limit, Subaru UK is saying a fond farewell and marking the end of an era with the £33,995 WRX STI Final Edition but fans will have to be equally quick as it is strictly limited to 150 models.

With the launches of new models, and investment in platform and powertrains going forward, the timing has felt right to open a new chapter for Subaru and allow WRX STI’s heritage to inform future developments rather than being continued.

A series of upgrades across key areas make it the most capable WRX STI sold in the UK and fitting tribute to its legacy.

Changing from mechanical and electronic to electronic control of the multi-dode driver’s control centre differential provides optimum cornering ability, bigger 19in wheels house larger Brembo brakes with yellow calipers and the front end looks more purposeful with LED headlamps and automatic high beam.

Inside, there are high-gloss black and red seatbelts, heated front seats, a larger 5.9in multi-function display added to the top of the dash and a reversing camera is included to make parking easier.

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