It's not long to go before we say goodbye to the current generation of the WRX.
In the not too distant future, Subaru is set to unveil the next generation of the WRX sedan. It can't come too soon as the current model now appears properly dated, despite it still being better to drive than most rivals.
But before the new one and the even hotter WRX STI arrive, Subaru isn't completely done with the current WRX yet and is set to release a limited Club Spec version of the sporty sedan in Australia. Although it won't get a power upgrade, the Club Spec - limited to just 150 examples - receives several cosmetic upgrades to set it apart.
Inside, both the driver and front seat passenger are treated to Recaro sports bucket seats, while the driver gets to hold a racy Ultrasuede STI steering wheel. The sound system is also upgraded to an eight-speaker Harman Kardon unit with a subwoofer and amplifier.
Outside, 18-inch STI alloy wheels partially conceal Brembo, red-painted brake calipers. These brakes are only offered on the manual version, though. There is also special Club Spec badging applied in matte black. Paint options include WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, and Crystal Black Silica.
Under the hood, the WRX Club Spec features the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with its characteristic boxer-four soundtrack.
It produces 268 horsepower (in the US version) and 258 lb-ft of torque and, coupled with Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, allows the WRX to hit 60 mph in around five seconds.
In manual guise, the WRX Club Spec will start at AU$47,990 (equivalent $34,168, which would theoretically see it slot in between the WRX Limited and the high-performance WRX STI).
There's no official word on the WRX Club Spec coming to the US, which is a pity for Subaru fans who can't quite stretch to the STI but are in search of a similarly sporting look. Like last year's limited STI ST209, the Club Spec is a fitting farewell to the current WRX range before the all-new model arrives.