Our customers come to C&S Subaru in Waterloo, IA, because they want vehicles that are reliable, safe, and full of four-wheel capability. However, few realize that the manufacturer has produced high-horsepower standouts that would impress those who want to dominate the highway. Here are a few of the best Subaru performance models.

Limited and Exotic

Easily the most powerful and most expensive Subaru ever made, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 is also rare with only 209 examples, all sold in the USA. Its EJ25 2.5-liter Turbo SUBARU BOXER engine erupts with 341 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 330 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 RPM with a six-speed manual transmission and All-Wheel Drive. It achieves a top speed of 162 MPH by rushing from 0 to 60 MPG in only 4.9 seconds.

Assisting with the superb braking feel and lower fade resistance of the sport brake pads, the Brembo® performance brakes promote six-piston silver-finished calipers for the front and two-piston calipers for the rear, supported by large cross-drilled rotors. To enhance its track-inspired appearance, all four corners sport flared fenders for the widened wheels. A carbon-fiber rear spoiler works with a front underspoiler to improve stability and downforce.

Inside, the eight-way power driver's seat holds you in place for quick maneuvers. Behind the Ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheels, a Multi-Function Display reveals operational parameters. Surrounding the cabin are accents like red and silver trim, S209 badges on the front headrests, and the car's limited-edition number etched on a plate behind the gear shift.

More Accessible Alternative

While not as exotic as the S209, the more affordable 2020 Subaru WRX STI is a more accessible alternative. Its 2.5L Turbo SUBARU BOXER horizontally opposed 4-cylinder dishes out 310 horsepower and 290 lb.-ft. of torque with the fully synchronized six-speed manual transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Stopping power emanates from the same Brembo® braking system as the S206 but the calipers are finished in yellow.

The high-performance suspension is tuned for the track with large anti-roll bars in the front and rear, and aggressive spring and damper rates. Increasing your cornering response and minimizing understeer is Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring. The All-Wheel Drive ensures maximum traction by intelligently distributing power to all four corners. You can vary torque distribution using the Driver Controlled Center Differential dial.

Like nearly all Subaru models, the WRX STI depends on EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology to guard your road trials. Its Adaptive Cruise Control takes charge of long-distance driving by automatically managing your speed to maintain a safe gap to the next vehicle. Pre-Collision Braking can minimize or prevent frontal impacts by applying full stopping force during emergencies. If you drift out of your position on the road, you receive warnings from Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning.

Trail Performance

High-performance expands from highway to trail with the 2021 Subaru Outback. Its Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring trims take charge of off-road explorations through a 2.5-liter Turbo SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder that generates 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Assisting with this performance is the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Towing capacity reaches 3,500 lbs. Up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity lets you pull a boat or other outdoor toys.

To optimize your runs on low-friction surfaces, X-MODE® adjusts engine output and transmission ratio to improve Vehicle Dynamics Control. When your wheels begin to slip, Traction Control applies braking force to the needed wheels to maintain grip. Head down a slope and Hill Descent Control maintains a constant speed so you can focus on steering. You'll easily negotiate obstacles with 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

Room for five becomes space for up to 75.7 cubic feet of camping gear when you fold down the rear seatbacks. To ease loading and unloading, the Hands-Free Power Rear Gate opens when your hands are full. Need more room for a kayak or skis? You'll get it from the standard roof rails that integrate crossbars.

You'll easily find your way through the STARLINK Multimedia system that shows turn-by-turn directions on an 11.6-inch touchscreen. Wireless connections to your smartphone encourage phone calls and app access your still on the road. Enhancing your musical experiences is the Harman Kardon® premium audio system. It pushes out 576 equivalent watts of powerful tunes on 12 speakers that include a subwoofer and dedicated center channel speaker.

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