It's the end of the road for this generation of Subaru WRX STI...and the EJ engine

The current generation Subaru WRX STI has been around for quite some time already. In fact, it's already creeping up to six years old by now. Its chassis itself is even older, as it's still based on the previous-generation Impreza which was first offered in 2011.

Despite its pensionable age, the WRX STI is still is popular choice among those looking for (somewhat) affordable performance. But all good things must come to an end as this generation will soon bow out. To commemorate its lengthy life span, Subaru has announced the WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition.

End of an era: Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition revealed image

While it says Final Edition, this isn't the end of the road for the rally-bred sedan. In this case, it simply means that Subaru will no longer be using the EJ-series engine, which has powered STI models since 1989. It also means that we'll (hopefully) see the next-generation WRX STI in the near future, which will soon come with a brand new engine.

So what can we expect from the Final Edition? Well, Subaru hasn't spilled the beans just yet, saying that all will be revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show next month. But from what we can see, it's sporting gold alloy wheels, a throwback to the early days of the WRX STI. There's also an EJ20 Final Edition plaque on the engine just to make it a little more special. There are also LED daytime running lights by the corner air intakes, which are now functional. Lastly, there's a pink highlight on the grill, STI's colors.

End of an era: Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition revealed image

This model will be exclusive to the Japanese Domestic Market only, meaning you won't be seeing any of these cars in our showrooms. That said, Subaru won't make it easy for those who want to buy one over there. They'll be holding a “lottery” as to who can buy this limited-run special. So if you happen to be in Japan in the near future and spot one of these, you just saw one of the rarest STI performance models in the world.