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The 348bhp Diamond Edition Is A Subaru WRX STI The UK Can't Have

While we'd dearly love to get our hands on this pumped-up birthday present to honour STI's 30th birthday, the Diamond Edition is a 30-car South Africa-only special

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Subaru - The 348bhp Diamond Edition Is A Subaru WRX STI The UK Can't Have - News

You may remember the Subaru WRX STI Final Edition that we drove at the start of the year. It was final for the UK, but there’s a new one all the way down in South Africa that we kinda wish we were getting here too.

This is the new WRX STI Diamond Edition. It’s easy to spot in a crowd thanks to a yellow body kit at the base of the standard bumpers and sills. Subaru South Africa is building it only for its own country and just 30 will be screwed together. Here’s the low-down.

Subaru - The 348bhp Diamond Edition Is A Subaru WRX STI The UK Can't Have - News

Under the bonnet is a neatly tuned 2.5-litre flat-four with a very handy 348bhp – compared to 296bhp in the Final Edition – and 342lb ft of torque, all of which are waiting to smack you around the face at around 3500rpm.

It’s fitted with a performance exhaust for more of all the good stuff; noise, power and more noise, with an ECU remap to make the power delivery reliable and stable.

Subaru - The 348bhp Diamond Edition Is A Subaru WRX STI The UK Can't Have - News

The 0-62mph sprint is claimed at 5.03 seconds, which is five seconds flat in CT maths. That’s some 0.7 seconds faster than the cooking-grade STI sold in South Africa. The quarter-mile drops in 13.7 seconds and the car tops out at 158mph.

As well as the yellow dress, its jewellery covers Brembo brake calipers, 20mm spacers for stance (yo) and a genuine STI front strut brace. The keen-eyed among you will also have noticed that it’s right-hand drive. Thanks to British colonial influence South Africa drives on the left, and that opens the door to cheeky grey imports for a Brit with money to spend…