Subaru WRX 2020 gets Series White specials with better performance

Subaru has improved handling, braking and grip for its WRX and WRX STI with a pair of special-edition variants, although the Series White sports sedans will be available in limited numbers in the United States only.

Wearing exclusive Ceramic White paintwork, the high-performance pair’s exterior look is punctuated by matte-bronze BBS alloy wheels measuring 18 (WRX) or 19 (WRX STI) inches in size, while Crystal Black Silica side-mirror covers provide an extra pop of colour alongside matte-black rear badging.

The Series White upgrades are more than skin deep, though, with a high-performance sports-tuned suspension with Bilstein dampers now featuring.

Brembo brakes are found behind the aforementioned rims, featuring red four-piston and silver six-piston callipers up front for the WRX and WRX STI respectively. Both variants have two-pot stoppers at the rear.

The WRX STI Series White also goes a step further with a sticky set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres as well as heavy-duty steering rack mounts that improve rigidity.

To extract the highest level of performance out of the WRX STI in Series White form, its space-saver spare wheel has been replaced with a tyre repair kit to reduce weight.

The WRX STI Series White does get one other unique outside touch: a Cherry Blossom Red accent for its black mesh grille insert.

No changes have been made to the WRX and WRX STI’s turbo-petrol four-cylinder engines in Series White guises, with the former’s 2.0-litre powertrain still producing 197kW, while the latter’s 2.5-litre unit develops 231kW stateside.

A six-speed manual is the only transmission option for both Series White specials, with it hooked up to the Japanese brand’s signature symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

Due in US showrooms early next year, the Series White will be restricted to 1000 examples evenly split between the WRX and WRX STI, and priced from $US33,995 ($A50,074) and $42,695 ($A62,889) plus on-road costs respectively.