Canada Gets Its Own Subaru

Subaru Canada Inc. has introduced its 2019 WRX Raiu Edition-the first special edition WRX sold in the country in more than 15 years.

The Canadian-exclusive performance sedan, which derives its name from the Japanese word for thunderstorm, will be limited to just 100 units across the country, according to a press release.

The WRX Raiu Edition is powered by a stout 2.0-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer four-cylinder engine, makes 268 hp and 258 foot-pounds of torque, and comes equipped exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.

Based on the WRX Sport-tech RS, it has several visual and performance enhancements, including STI-branded front lip, side sill and rear side spoilers, and an STI-branded short-throw shifter.

Rounding out the upgrades are black interior and exterior accents, 18-inch alloy wheels painted in a gunmetal finish, and an exclusive Cool Grey Khaki exterior color.

The features are in addition to the Sport-tech RS trim’s existing features, including Recaro front seats and Ultrasuede upholstery front and rear, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, Jurid front brake pads and red painted brake calipers at all four corners.

Jef White

Jef White is the executive editor of THE SHOP magazine.

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