Subaru announced the new special edition Subaru WRX and STI Series.Gray models will go on sale later this year. And, based on how Subaru is building and pricing them, they’re spec’d to be the ultimate driver’s car for under $40,000, but you’ll have to act fast because, respectively, only 750 and 250 of each will roll out of the factory.

Usually, the announcements of ‘special editions’ come in hot with a lot of hype and excitement but leave the crowd wanting because it’s typically just unique paint job and some contrast stitching. Subaru, on the other hand, put some effort into the Series.Gray duo. Both cars only come with a manual gearbox and the obligatory special paint job, Recaro seats and blacked-out badging, but that’s just the start. At $32,595, the WRX is based on the Premium trim-level and gets additional JURID front brake pads, LED Headlights, fog lights and a push-button start. At $39,695 STI receives all of what the WRX does, plus Bilstein-tuned suspension and dampers, inverted-strut front suspension and double wishbone rear suspension. Both cars, no matter which way you look at it are incredible performance bargains.

For the better part of a decade, the Subaru Impreza family — the WRX and STI — enjoyed a thin field of competition. The only competition was the Mitsubishi Lancer, but now that the Lancer Evo is no more, the only similarly price four-door four-wheel-drive performance cars are the Focus RS and the Audi RS3. However, both the Ford and the Audi start above $40,000. Granted only 1000 examples of the Series.Gray Subaru WRX and STI will be made, by Subaru keeping them incredibly affordable and only available in the US; they’re even more special.

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