As a celebratory thirty-year STi, Subaru launches its 2019 WRX STi Diamond Edition, the halo model in its performance car.
The Diamond Edition, developed by Subaru South Africa's technical team, is exclusive to the region and only thirty-numbered cars will be sold.
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GALLERY: 2019 Subaru WRX STi Diamond Edition
Three letters that have been ordered to honor and give car enthusiasts three decades. For thirty years, these three letters have embellished race racing racing laptops, dominated the world rally and racing race, and earned a reputation for winning the most revered race.
Officially registered in April 1988, STi produced titles from the start, breaking the World Speed Endurance record of 164kW Legacy RS RS. The car has made 100,000 km over 20 days at an average speed of 223 km / h.
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In 1993, Subaru debuted the new Blue and Yellow Legacy RS racing car, driven by Scottish Colin McCrae, who was driving his car to the first team victory at the New Zealand rally.
In 1994, the STI signed the WRC Championship to the Carlos Sainz team and, together with McCrae, became the team of viewers this season. In the 1994 World Rally Championship, Subaru won second place, while Sainz won second place in drivers' race and fourth Colin McCrae.
Between 1995 and 1997, Subaru dominated the WRC, which won consecutive championships for three consecutive years, thus making the world champions Colin McCrae and Tommi Makinen in the process.
It was the victory of the hat-trick, which cemented the Subaru STi World Rally Blue hue and shook the sound of the minds of the world's fans.
After that, the STi team continued to compete over several seasons before Subaru Impreza STi crowned another motorist champion Petter Solberg in 2003. Subaru's dominant position at the global rally was a testimony to its versatility and versatility. land relief that was to be offered to the world rally.
With so much success, STI officially abandoned the World Rally in 2008 and instead focused on endurance races. In 2008, the WRX STI was conducted by the Nirburgring in Germany within 24 hours.
The story sounds very similar to the WRC story – STi has dominated the SP3T class in which it is competing, winning in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2018, often in the worst weather conditions.
For only 30 years in STi Crowns, Subaru has 3 Constructors World Rally Championship titles, 3rd World Rally Championship, 47th World Rally Championship and 5th Class Won in Germany's 24 Hour Nürburgring.
It eliminates countless Champions wins by the Subaru team team regional rally used in Canada, America and Australia.
Apart from these, there are many land speed and production car record labels, including the famous lapel record of the 2016 Isle of Man, as well as the 2018 record for 40 minutes 58.8 seconds in the sinking Transfagara Highway in Romania. Both of these heroes were complemented by veteran rally ace Mark Higgins specially crafted WRX STi.
While the results and championships are statistical elements of STI's history, ST's philosophy has always been placed in the center of its driving pleasure and peace of mind.
Waiting for the 2018 mark on the thirtieth anniversary of ST, Subaru South Africa launched a development project to build a stronger version of the iconic performance sedan.
It was a project that followed another similar company just 14 years ago when STImulating Edition STi was only released in South Africa.
In 2004, Subaru SA delivered Impreza WRX STi 15 Specials. Based on the standard model, the limited edition STimulating STi has developed 195kW and 343Nm torque. These cars were 15 years old STi celebrations, and they became a collection of items.
Diamond Edition follows the same tradition – a limited long-term project featuring only 30 unique cars, such as the 30-year STi program.
The project was led by Subaru's South African (SSA) team, led by Deon Van Heerdens, Technical Manager of Subaru SA, and the objectives were clear. He said: "We needed to get the STI reborn and create a more powerful vehicle, and it could become the point of talking to STi fans."
The first development moon arrived in December 2016, and the official development of the Diamond Edition began in January 2017. It took 18 months to develop a car up to the point where Subaru SA was fully satisfied with the results and results.
This was a significant test of longevity and wear, oil testing and dynamometry. Although the technical department was responsible for improving performance, they were also involved in the design process to create a car that not only worked more aggressively, but also looked more attractive and had a unique style.
Compared to the standard WRX STi, the Diamond Edition surpasses the aggressive stance and offers outstanding features. With spacers on all wheels, the car is 20 mm wider than the standard car.
Another key identifier of the Diamond Edition is a comprehensive body kit that is made in the same High Viz yellow color that is decorated with Brembo brake linings. The kit lowers the car 10 mm in front, completing the most sporty position and giving the Diamond Edition a unique, expressive presence.
After each spoiler set cap, a small but different stainless steel STI emblem – another unique Diamond Edition identifier, supplemented with gloss black 30 Diamond Edition badges on the side of the rear wing.
Signal STi elements remain the same: LED fluorescent lights; large bonnet intercooler blade on the front and rear spoilers. The STI is equipped with 19 "245/35 R19 rubber in dark, lightweight, aluminum Y design alloys.
The new MY2019 WRX STi also features rear fog lamps that provide added visibility in poor conditions.
Unique interior touch
The Diamond Edition, which contains only thirty units, includes the details of the Diamond Edition interior. The new Facet models on the driver and Passenger Information Dashboard are unique to the Diamond Edition cars, with an exclusive numbered driver on the driver's side.
The WRX STi Diamond Edition also has a 7-speaker, 440W Harmon Kardon power speaker system. The 7.0-inch touch-sensitive information and entertainment system with 6-speaker CD and Bluetooth hands-free features now also includes updated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications. They reflect the user's phone interface and provide a better user experience and safer driving.
Performance is everything
The main goal of the WRX STi Diamond Edition was to increase vehicle power and performance, and to ensure that the car is still a pleasure to drive every day.
This is the essence of the trust movement. Deon Van Heerdens says that this was the main focus.
"We definitely wanted to bring more power, but not in a situation where the vehicle became unpleasant to drive or too mixed up. I think we've only made it," he says.
"We have succeeded in developing the fastest and most powerful STi product ever released in South Africa and I am very proud of our team." Deon Van Heerden's mission is over.
The power increase is achieved by repeating and executing the exhaust system in the vehicle's electronic control unit. The 2.5-liter turbocharged Boxer engine has a power output of 260kW at 4,500 rpm and a torque of 464Nm at 4,000 rpm.
The maximum speed is 255 km / h, but 0 – 100 km / h is significantly shortened. Tested at the Gauteng at an altitude of 1,410 m above sea level, the Diamond Edition reached 5 seconds at 0 to 100 km / h, 0.7 seconds faster than its standard WRX STi sibling under the same conditions.
The Diamond Edition inserts 13.7 seconds and the standard car inserting 14.7 seconds is also exceeded at 0 to 160 km / h for more than 1 second.
To cope with additional performance, the Subaru SA team also equipped with a new STi engine mount to improve stabilization and balance. The resultant force is checked by the Brembo braking system's high braking power, equipped with a 6-pot press on the front + 2-pot press on the back. This system also has a 4-sensor / 4-channel ABS with electronic braking force distribution.
Transhipment The WRX STi is grateful for the Subaru's famous symmetrical all-wheel drive system, combined with a Digital Multimode Driving Range Differential (DCCD).
With an electric drive, the fast-adjustable steering wheel is rated sporty. This allows the car to steer the road at high speed and safety at various road surfaces.
The entire WRX ST Driving Experience is a purist driver – mechanical, visceral, virgin, and powerful. The WRX STi is an enhanced signature for the Subaru rumble.
The power is delivered with a longer and lower torque curve, the steering wheel is sporty, and the six-speed manual transmission sounds perfectly rigid and mechanical, complemented by a purist driver's attention. It is a driving car through and through.
MY2019 WRX STI Diamond Edition is a 5 * fuse. In 2018, changes to the front chassis were made to improve frontal collision safety.
The Diamond Edition STi is equipped with Active Torque Vectoring, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control and seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag.
The front seats are designed to reduce the stomach, the side doors have reinforcement beams, and the cars have a brake pedal safety system that reduces the risk of collision damage.
Thanks to the safety of a symmetrical all-wheel drive and Boxer engine technology, the WRX STi is a pure safety and performance example.
The car also has several driver assistance systems, such as front and rear cameras for safe and optimal positioning; Blind spot detection and Rear Cross-Traffic alert.
Only 30 have the opportunity to buy it
The exclusivity of the Diamond Edition means that only 30 units will be prepared and delivered to customers in South Africa. As part of customer sales experience and in addition to the unique identifiers in cars, these cars will be delivered to customers with a certificate of special owners proving the validity of the car's limited validity.
Pre-orders for this halo model began in November 2018, with selected subaru dealerships that shipped cars scheduled for January 2019.
Prices are R799,000, including a 3 year or 75,000-km full maintenance plan and a 5 year or 150,000-mile warranty.