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It may sound hard to believe but it's been 30 years since Subaru debuted the boxer EJ20 boxer engine. Do the math and you're looking at the year 1989 when it first powered the Japanese-market Legacy. And now the Japanese automaker has made the decision to cease production of this engine after three wonderful decades of service.
To mark the occasion, and at the same time to celebrate the sendoff of the current generation WRX STI, Subaru has unveiled the EJ20 Final Edition. Alas, it's for Japan only. The EJ20 engine, as the automaker reminds us, is "currently sold in Japan only." Subaru anticipates demand will be so high that allocation will be done by lottery.
A dedicated web page has already been launched for the Japanese market. Specific details, interestingly, remain rather limited at this time. The website only describes a "balanced" EJ20 engine, along with 19-inch gold BBS wheels, and "EJ20 Final Edition" badging. Subaru will officially unveil the WRX STI EJ20 Edition next month at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, where it's also rumored the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins could make an early concept form appearance.
Both the BRZ and WRX STI are in need of complete redesigns, the latter perhaps even more so. The Subaru Impreza on which it's based on was redesigned and launched a couple of years ago on an all-new, all-wheel-drive platform. That means the WRX and WRX STI ride on an outdated architecture.
The BRZ, meanwhile, will retain a rear-wheel-drive set up on a completely separate and unique architecture. Subaru has sold special edition WRS STIs in the US fairly recently, beginning with last year's WRX STI Type RA. Earlier this year, the WRX STI S209 arrived with 349 horsepower. Will Subaru launch a WRX STI Final Edition specifically for the US market? Unlikely at this point. But have no worries because the next-gen model isn't too far out.