There's no shortage of special-edition WRX models in Japan, and Subaru has just introduced another one. The WRX S4 STI Sport retains the questionable plastic cladding but incorporates a few new sporty enhancements. It's not a full-fledged STI model, so it doesn't come with any power upgrades. But the more aggressive body kit is complemented by new 19-inch BBS forged wheels at both axles.

Painted in Offshore Blue Metallic, borrowed from the also-not-for-America Levorg STI Sport estate, the sports saloon rides on Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tyres measuring 245/35 R19. It stands out with various black accents for the grille, side mirror caps, and trunk lid spoiler. Even most of the badges along with the roof antenna sport a dark look.

2024 Subaru WRX S4 STI Sport

Interior changes are limited to a pair of body-hugging Recaro front seats with red STI logos embroidered onto the headrests. There's also silver stitching also applied throughout the cabin. The suede material on the seats has also been applied to the centre console, armrests, and the dashboard. Subaru notes that the interior is now quieter, thanks to the addition of extra damping material in the spare tire compartment.

Power is provided by the same turbocharged 2.4-litre petrol engine, delivering 271 bhp and 277 lb-ft, channelled to all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission. Although there's no extra oomph coming from under the bonnet, Subaru has implemented some mechanical revisions. In addition to the wheels, the WRX S4 STI Sport features beefier strut and sway bars, along with an upgraded transmission cooler.

The special edition WRX is limited to 500 units. Subaru anticipates that demand will exceed supply, prompting the implementation of a lottery system. Customers in Japan, where the S4 STI Sport is exclusively available, can get a ticket from today until the 28th of the month. The lucky winners who will have the opportunity to purchase the car will be announced on 1 February.

Buyers will be required to pay 6,237,000 yen, which is approximately £33,750 at current exchange rates.