Subaru’s firebreathing STI Rex has fallen foul of the fun police in the UK.

Subaru UK has just announced the launch the WRX STI Final Edition there, strictly limited to 150 models – as it prepares to bid farewell to the iconic Soob.

But don’t go getting your knickers in a knot, because there are no plans to pull the STI here, at least not for the foreseeable future.

“WRX STI continues to be a popular and valued part of our range and will remain so for many years to come,” Subaru’s Dave Rowley told cars4starters.

Still, when we move to the next level of restrictions on engine emissions the STI could meet the same fate here.

Perish the thought.

Subaru UK explains with the launches of new models, and investment in platform and powertrains going forward, the timing has felt right to open a new chapter for Subaru and allow WRX STI’s heritage to inform future developments rather than being continued.

The Final Edition has a series of upgrades across key areas of the car, making this the most capable WRX STI sold in the UK and fitting tribute to its legacy.

Driving performance has been improved by changing from mechanical and electronic to electronic control of the Multi-Mode Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD) which provides optimum cornering ability.

The wheel size has been increased to 19in to house new larger Brembo brakes with yellow painted calipers, which improve fade-resistance and brake performance and a consistent pedal feel when driving on the limit.

The front bumper has been redesigned to look more purposeful with the lower grille blacked out with a geometric textured panel, and has a larger opening to enhance cooling performance.

The hexagonal grille has been sharpened and defined and a black surround has been added. The Subaru wing design which flows through to the C-shaped headlights has been incorporated, hinting at the Boxer engine under the bonnet.

A Final Edition badge is positioned on the door.

Inside, high gloss black inserts are added to the instrument panel, gear stick surround, door panels and steering wheel with red stitching and red seatbelts fitted to tie the scheme together.

The front seats are now heated, and a larger 5.9in multi-function display has been added to the top of the dash.

The instrument panel design has also been updated.

The infotainment system now includes DAB radio and a reversing camera is included to make parking easier.

Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.