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 |  Feb 24 2009, 11:42 AM

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Subaru Japan has just announced the release of an A-Line version of its Impreza WRX STI.

The A-Line comes will all the other goodies of an STI, including the impressive all-wheel drive system and the 300-ish horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharched Boxer engine. What it also gets is a five-speed automatic transmission.

Aimed at appealing to a wider market (and at offending the Suby faithful) this slushbox STI isn’t equipped with a state-of-the-art double clutch system and it’s not even a six-speed auto. Yup, just a regular old 5-speed like a Honda Civic.

If it’s any consolation (which, if you ask us, it isn’t) the autobox does come with a Sportshift feature and paddles so drivers can operate the gears semi-manually. It also features throttle-blips on the downshift.

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The STI A-Line, just like the STI, also features: VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control); dual piston calipers with 17-inch rotors in the front and 16-inch rotors in the rear; Subaru’s VTD (Variable Torque Distribution); and SI-Drive, which allows drivers to choose from three different engine mappings.

A new Satin White Pearl paint color is also available.

Currently the vehicle is set to go on sale in Japan, however, we do expect it to make it’s way to other markets (particularly in slushbox-loving North America).

Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line

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Official release after the jump:

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