Subaru's high-performance WRX STI can now be bought for £26,995, while a new power upgrade is also available
Matt Burt
24 August 2012

Subaru has slashed the list price of its high-performance WRX STI by £6000 to £26,995 and created an engine upgrade to boost the car’s power even further.

With the WRX STI 340R upgrade, which costs an extra £1599, the all-wheel-drive car boasts 335bhp and 361lb ft, increases of 39bhp and 61 lb ft over the base car.

The 340R power upgrade features different ECU settings to allow the 2.5-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine to produce more power, while airflow improves as a result of a new exhaust system.

The WRX STI 340R accelerates from standstill to 60mph in 4.7 seconds – half a second faster than the standard WRX STI.

It is available alongside the less-extreme WRX STI 320R power boost, which you can read more about here. The 320R kit takes power to 316bhp and peak torque to 332lb ft. Both upgrades can be fitted retrospectively without affecting a car’s warranty.

As with other WRX STI models, the 340R has a Torsen rear diff and fully independent front and rear suspension.

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24 August 2012

Wonder if it will be better than the Focus RS?,good price none the less.

Peter Cavellini.

24 August 2012

This is the price of a quick Astra or Megan, and is a bargain at this price. Its so much better looking now they have decided to import the saloon too. The extra power for £1500 is surely going to be taken up by almost everyone too. 

But as the Yen hasnt devalued recently it makes me wonder why they havent been this price all along

24 August 2012

artill wrote:

But as the Yen hasnt devalued recently it makes me wonder why they havent been this price all along

As I said at the time when the prices jumped by £ 6,000, Subaru UK were being greedy.   That's why!

I guess they failed in their attempt to make more out the car when nobody bought it at that outrageous price.   Lowered price is certainly better, but the current generation is still duff.   It was great when you're going for a white knuckle ride putting down the power, but terrible if you're just pottering around as you would drive most of the time.   Wooly steering that understeered whenever it felt threatned by a corner.

Perhaps Subaru UK have learned one lesson, unfortunatley they do seem like slow learners.

24 August 2012

they werent being greedy, they had no choice but to up the price before, as the yen was too strong. lowering the price now doesnt do them any favours but they are desperate to make money as well as introduce the new shape soon.

24 August 2012

Seema like a performance bargain to me. OK the interior isnt great but 335bhp for this price seems good. Makes the new VXR and Renault Sport look expensive and its got four doors..

24 August 2012

Wow a red Subaru. Personally I rather liked the hatchback version.

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24 August 2012

This is a genuine performance bargain. I cant think of another car which is more practical or has this level of performance for the same money? Well done Subaru, I hope you shift a few units!

24 August 2012

...but the real reason for the drop is to clear all the old stock before the new model is introduced.

24 August 2012

Does seem cheap now, but no doubt the plan is to shift some stock (I mean it is hardly a looker is it).

At £32,995 it did seem expensive next to things like the 135M that could be driven to potter around, and based on Autocar's reports was pretty exciting when it wasn't pottering. 

25 August 2012

Prefer the hatch looks myself but as someone said, these are great for a white knuckle full boost blast but way off the mark these days for everyday driving.

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