Tokyo Preview: Subaru WRX STI Carbon Gets Hard-Core Light Weight Roof and… an Automatic Transmission?

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

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

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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