Although the brand is now making amends, having announced that its flagship Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C has successfully completed the vehicle homologation process and received the official Group N Homologation certificate from the FIA.
The Group N category is the rally and off-road vehicle group established by the FIA for production cars, placing strict limits on modifications to best reflect the performance inherent of their showroom-bound counterparts.
The Japan-only Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C lineage has always been built for uncompromised performance, with the latest version boasting added horsepower, lightweight panels including laminar window glasses and an aluminium bonnet, a smaller battery and twin-scroll turbocharger.
Subaru limited production of the latest Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C to just 900 units - enough to meet the FIA homologation requirements.
It will make its first competitive appearance at the Rallye Deutschland of Production World Rally Championship with Toshihiro Arai, 2005 and 2007 FIA Production Car World Rally Champion, behind the wheel.