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Subaru launching Canadian exclusive WRX STI model in 2014

All-new Tsurugi edition adds interior comforts, exterior styling cues to sports sedan


MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Subaru has announced a Canadian-exclusive trim level available on its pavement-pounding 2014 Impreza WRX STI sports sedan.

According to Subaru Canada, Inc., the sedan model of its rally-bred WRX STI will now be available with all the creature comforts of a luxury sedan while still offering the sports car characteristics that make Subie fans Subie fans.

Executives, rejoice.

The all-new Tsurugi (pronounced TSUE-roo-ghee) edition builds on the performance esthetics the 305-horsepower turbocharged all-wheel drive sedan is famous for while adding a power sunroof, automatic climate control and, for the first time ever in the WRX STI lineup, leather seating.

The Tsurugi also features 18-inch Enkei cast alloy wheels, halogen fog lights, Xenon HID headlamps and LED turn signals in the side-view mirrors.

Inside, the Tsurugi also adds a Kicker 10-inch subwoofer and SIRIUS XM satellite radio.

The 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Tsurugi edition does away with the sports sedan's spoiler, giving it a more refined look. PHOTO Subaru Canada

Gone is the boisterous rear spoiler synonymous with the WRX STI, with a smooth deck lid adding a little refinement to the powerful sedan.

Named for a traditional Japanese two-sided broadsword, the Tsurugi is a fitting moniker for the corner-carving WRX STI, which still features Subaru’s famous boxer engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission and exclusive multi-mode driver controlled centre differential (DCCD) version of the automaker’s full-time all-wheel drive system.

The Tsurugi edition has a starting price of $41,495.