Home / Auto News / News article: Tokyo Preview: Subaru WRX STI Carbon Gets Hard-Core Light Weight Roof and... an Automatic Transmission? - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Sep 30 2009, 2:05 PM


Along with the Hybrid Tourer Concept, Subaru will have on display a hot-looking Carbon edition of its high-performance WRX STI model at the Tokyo Auto Show next month.

The model gets its name from a new carbon fiber roof that has been fitted to the car. Using the light weight and incredibly strong material so high up on the car not only reduces the car’s overall weight, but does so in a critical place, lowering the center of gravity considerably.

Inside, the cabin also gets a stunning suede interior (including on the dash) to give the car a seriously premium look and feel.

The bad news, however, is that Subaru has outfitted the car with an automatic transmission (and a five-speed one at that). The company says the use of a slushbox allows the high performance car to be enjoyed by a wider range of customers (read: they can sell a lot more of them).

We have to think the STI is best left for the hard-core enthusiasts.

GALLERY: Subaru WRX STI Carbon