Hotter Subaru WRX STI headed to Detroit auto show confirmed as the S209

Subaru WRX STI S209 teased ahead of 2019 Detroit auto show

Subaru WRX STI S209 teased ahead of 2019 Detroit auto show

A hotter version of the Subaru WRX STI is coming to America, and Subaru on Thursday confirmed the car as the S209.

We’ve already known about the car for sometime since Subaru’s confirmation follows the discovery of a trademark application for the name made by the automaker earlier in December. The world debut will take place next month at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

A previous teaser video shows a prototype version tearing up a racetrack. No details have been revealed but with any luck we’ll see the S209 arrive with the more potent 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 of the Japanese-spec WRX STI to help differentiate it from last year’s Type RA, which features the North American-spec 2.5-liter mill.

S20 special-edition WRX STI models have launched in Japan this entire decade. In 2011, Subaru produced the WRX STI S206; in 2015, the S207 bowed; and last year, Subaru released the S208. Each model was limited to only a few hundred cars. The S209 would be the natural progression after last year’s S208, which boasted 324 horsepower. In comparison, the Type RA offered 310 hp.