All-wheel drive is part and parcel of the Subaru experience, and rain-soaked Joburg roads gave us the chance to experience the excellent traction of this system. On dry roads the car corners in a nice and neutral way when you’re right on the edge, without the excessive understeer of previous-generation Subarus.
At the press of a button the driver can fiddle with the handling characteristics using the Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD) system, which apportions more power to either the front or rear wheels. There are also three driver-selectable SI-Drive modes that affect the throttle response.
This is an enthusiast driver’s car through and through, with sharp steering and firm suspension that put you right into the heart of the action, while gripped tightly in place by sports seats.
The price is R799,000, a R30,000 premium over the standard Subaru STi, and it comes with the regular three-year/75,000km maintenance plan and five-year/150,000km warranty
It’s not cheap, but with only 30 units of this super STI being built, it should ensure the car’s rarity and a decent resale value.