Dankberries STi s209

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Dankberries STi s209

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Hey friends!

I know there's been some absence of my presence to the forum. I guess I don't have much other of an excuse other than I'm always so busy. 8 months out of the year I work 70-90 hrs a week.
This place still holds a spot in my heart and I will always be grateful for the vast knowledge I've gained through this site.
Some day I will put the effort in and unload a mass update on my projects , particularly the legacy, but for now I thought I would drop in and share a few things I've been up too.

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February 2019 - News was going around that Subaru had there new evolution of the "s" series s209 in the work. An early showing happened at the Detroit auto show .

April 2019 - Subaru started releasing some more info about the s209

May 2019 - I began piecing together, after extensive research, how Subaru would be distrusting the s209

July 2019 - I learned of 2 Colorado Subaru dealerships possibly receiving the s209. I made contact to both and was put 6th in line at one and 24th in line at another, meaning people were already in front of me to get a chance at purchasing, and if the first five all said no, I'd be next in line.

At that point I realized it really was just a dream. The chances of acquiring such a car are slim to none. Even so, at this point Subaru still hasn't released production numbers or pricing.
I gave up and I decided to buy a 2019 STi Limited instead.

September 2019 - Subaru announced pricing and production #'s for the s209

September 30, 2019 - I've been signed up for updates on the s209 through Subaru of America.
I received an email at 8am MST through notification on my phone from SOA telling me that a certain dealership may receive the car.
At 8:05am I make contact to dealer, they aren't even sure what I'm talking about but take my name and #.
At 8:15am I get a call back from the dealer, they've just received email verification from SOA that it's happening. Dealer informs me that there phones are ringing off the hook about people inquiring. They let me know I need to immediately put a down payment, and I do so right then over phone. They tell me they will call back.
At 8:30am The dealership calls back and says "you have no idea how many people just got pissed off, we've had 100 phone calls" , they proceed with info for the buyers order.

October 2019 - I have confirmed emails from SOA of a buyer's order and estimated time of arrival for the vehicle.

November 2019 - SOA emails a created VIN for the vehicle and it's leaving Japan.

Late November - SOA emails the vehicle is in North America in transit to a train, then to a truck, then dealership.

December 2019 - dealership calls that car #140 of 209 has arrived.

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---- Of the two colors they made, WRB pearl & Crystal White Pearl , only 81 made in white .

My 2019 STi Limited I traded in for the s209 -

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Pretty crazy having this s209. Arguably the rarest production Subaru/STi ever made. In all honesty I'm scared even driving the thing lol, but damn is it a sight for sore eyes..
Last edited by dankberries on Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:28 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Love that it's the Crystal White Pearl! Huge congrats man, well earned I am sure...enjoy!
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That is really cool! Can you compare/contrast it to your 2019 Limited?
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mike-tracy wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:41 pm
That is really cool! Can you compare/contrast it to your 2019 Limited?
I haven't had enough seat time to give a detailed answer. I'm also trying to take it easy for a bit (low boost, low revs) on the new motor.
I can say right out the bat it's VERY responsive. Wow can you feel every bit of the road. Stiff suspension, wide tires, steering like a gocart. Lots of road noise. It's definitely built for the track.
The Limited STi was the most responsive steering I've ever felt in a Subaru and this s209 has taken it a notch higher. It's border line unsafe for an inexperienced driver. Someone unknowingly could over correct with that steering ratio. Not positive but I think it's 13:1.

After some engine Break-in I'll be likely taking it to track.
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Awesome and congrats!!!

What are your plans with the car? Are you going to just drive it on certain occasions or will it be your primary means of transportation?
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Legacy777 wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:14 pm
What are your plans with the car? Are you going to just drive it on certain occasions or will it be your primary means of transportation?
Honestly having mixed emotions about it. I thought at first I'd use it as a main mean of transportation, mostly summer time. Though after the little driving I've done I'm having a new found paranoia. I've come to realize if something where to happen to the car, like a collision, that maybe it. It's not like parts are readily available. It's one off.
I'm also realizing the value of the car could be more than what I've paid and prophet could be turned.

Tuff call. I'm sure most of them will be garage queens. I really believe the car should be driven how it was intended.
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I hear you....even with my old Legacy I don't drive it much any more. I need to look into a stated value insurance policy. But even then....any little damage would likely "total" the car and there are not parts available.
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Its like owning the next generation 22B except even more rare at 209 units vs. 424 .
The 22B sold for a little over $40k new in 1998. Today it's selling, in some instances, around $150k.

Interesting fact, the s209 was originally slated to be called the 25B, and was badged as so on prototypes, but later was decided to be in the "s" series family for a better marketing selling point.

I don't think I could bare sitting on this thing that long and not driving it just too see it's value increase, similar to the 22B.
Additionally given the rate of inflation and overall value of the dollar , in 20 years its likely a wash.

However, I've seen two of these s209's sell for $100k in California, and upwards of $15k over what I paid locally.
Knowing this makes it tempting to possibly sell it soon for a quick prophet.
I do really love this car though, Im more leaning towards keeping it. I just wish it wasn't winter in Colorado and I could drive the damn thing.
The manual specifies not driving in temperatures below 40 degrees with OE equipped tires, which are high performance track/summer tires , and exclusively made for the s209.
At that rate it's going to be until May before I can drive it lol.
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Well....maybe it can just be a car to drive every now and then.
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Congrats on nabbing one.

Not asking for $$, but did the dealer add a healthy profit to the sticker? Kinda like when anything rare 1st comes out. Ford dealers are notorious from what I've read.

Regardless, unless money is a consideration (and based on this post I'd guess it's secondary) I'd wait 'til the sand, gravel, potholes, etc. are no longer a concern (if you get a winter like last year, that may be July!) and give it the pedal. (Although it's kinda built for those conditions!) Hate to miss out on a chance to enjoy that.

Also, does that paint protection film actually work if applied on the lower portions? We've added to the front hood, fenders, headlights, mirrors of our last 2 SUVs and seemed to do the job....we live in N. Idaho. We go thru windshields about every other year (OK...not quite).

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wtdash wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:28 pm
Congrats on nabbing one.

Not asking for $$, but did the dealer add a healthy profit to the sticker? Kinda like when anything rare 1st comes out. Ford dealers are notorious from what I've read.

Also, does that paint protection film actually work if applied on the lower portions?
Most of the the dealers are seriously marking up the price from the suggested retail. A good example, the suggested retail price is $65k. Subaru of Miami has one listed for $130k. I'll just say I'm happy with the deal I got.

The car went in for xpel paint protection as soon as it arrived to CO. Hood , bumper, fenders, mirrors, and door handles.

I absolutely plan to take this thing to a track at some point. Selling it would have to wait until after that point.
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An unexpected box arrived from Japan!

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Those are real signatures !
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Track attack! S209 is a handling phenomena!

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Some of the special parts!

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That is too cool!

That's very awesome they sent you the letter (with real signatures) and the paint matched model.

So how does the car drive? Were you able to open it up and really feel how it drives?
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Legacy777 wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:50 pm

So how does the car drive? Were you able to open it up and really feel how it drives?
My first outting was a day of learning the car and playing with different settings. My second outting I was pretty comfortable with the car and found the settings netting the best lap times. I shaved 4 seconds off my time on my second outting at PPIR.

I've learned that the car seems to have enough bells and whistles to not allow you to go off the track. If I've entered a corner to the point of understeer , the cars torque vectoring really takes over. I feel it's so dummy proof that crashing would take some serious mistake .
Over all it's really amazing. I never experienced a car with such needle sharp handing. Really something to experience. The car does have a little turbo lag, 4200-6700rpm is the best. I wish it had a few more poneys, in the straights the high hp cars pulled away, but the s209 recovered in the corners. Another 100hp and I think it will be knocking on the door of a gt3 RS.
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dankberries wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:40 pm

My first outting was a day of learning the car and playing with different settings. My second outting I was pretty comfortable with the car and found the settings netting the best lap times. I shaved 4 seconds off my time on my second outting at PPIR.

I've learned that the car seems to have enough bells and whistles to not allow you to go off the track. If I've entered a corner to the point of understeer , the cars torque vectoring really takes over. I feel it's so dummy proof that crashing would take some serious mistake .
Over all it's really amazing. I never experienced a car with such needle sharp handing. Really something to experience. The car does have a little turbo lag, 4200-6700rpm is the best. I wish it had a few more poneys, in the straights the high hp cars pulled away, but the s209 recovered in the corners. Another 100hp and I think it will be knocking on the door of a gt3 RS.
Sounds like a very fun car to drive!! I'd even be happy as a passenger :)
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