Yes, this is good news indeed. Bad news is, the price cut and power increase does not apply in our sweltering country. Ours got launched some months ago. In any case, Subaru UK has just slashed the price of the WRX STI to £26,995.

Wait, there’s more. If you buy the WRX STI and then pay an extra £1,599, you’ll get an upswing in power, three additional numbers and a letter to the name. So the full name of the car will be WRX STI 340R.

As the numbers suggest, the 340R has 340 PS and 490 Nm of torque – an additional kick of 40 PS and 83 Nm to the standard engine. The AWD car completes the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds, 0.5 seconds quicker than the standard car.

Enchantments cast on the 2.5 litre boxer engine’s ECU made the power boost possible. Airflow is also improved thanks to the new exhaust system. Notably, the new exhaust retains the car’s aggressive sound and the iconic Subaru burble.