New upper "rear draw stiffener" with a cherry blossom cover?Subaru had to quash its ambitious plans for forged pistons and connecting rods, due to potential durability concerns that the company now suspects was a non-issue. Nevertheless, Subaru ultimately decided to take no chances with this special, high-profile car, and went with cast components instead, with no resulting loss in horsepower.
The top handling priority was to reduce the WRX’s “hysteresis,” a fancy engineering term for the time lag between turning the steering wheel and the car’s attendant reaction. Subaru says the S209’s steering yaw response is 15% better than even the Type RA, itself a veritable waterbug of a sedan. So-called “draw stiffeners,” developed on the brand’s Nürburgring racers, connect the lower front suspension arms to the body crossmember. A sophisticated, flexible front tower bar improves cornering and straight-line stability. Another damped draw stiffener again preloads the rear suspension for faster steering response and improved cornering force. There’s a new rear subframe brace, and spherical suspension joints that increase the tire contact patch by as much as 20 percent under duress. Bilstein dampers, stiffer in compression but softer in rebound vs. the Type RA, mate with 10-mm lowering springs.
Lots of bracing. Hopefully some of these "JDM" Subaru Japan parts will be cheaper now they'll be available via local dealers in the US.There's a second flexible draw stiffener in the trunk, too, protected by a pink bar so that owners don't accidentally smack the thing when loading up the trunk.
The pink bar itself doesn't do anything other than protect the actual draw stiffener behind it. Better safe than sorry.
The forged pistons were a huge selling point.Yeah, pretty strange they went that way. I thought I read initially that the rods and pistons were forged.
Kind of makes me want this less now.
There's an RA in SC, about 3 hours from me. 3 miles on it.
I told my local dealer to call me immediately after the truck gets there with their S209.
Now I'm kinda doubting myself from getting it. I remember all the people that spent big money on the RA only to find out the regular STi was extremely similar.
There was someone that recently purchased a used Type RA with 5k miles for ~$42k. I'd definitely go that route to save some money.. especially if you have any intention of modifying. You can always buy the S209's chassis bracing if you really want it. Throw on some better tires and you probably won't notice much of a difference.
The S209 will still sell out quickly because of its name and rarity.