Subaru unveiled the WRX STI S207 edition at the Tokyo Motor Show. Unfortunately for brand devotees elsewhere in the world, the market-exclusive, high-performance model is limited to just 400 units and to be sold only in Japan.
Subaru Tecnica International are adding quite a bit to take the STI’s performance to new heights. Among the upgrades, the 2.0-liter, turbocharged boxer now makes 323 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque thanks to a new ECU, performance exhaust, new turbo and a strengthened intake duct.
Beyond the extra power, the sedan also wears a load of parts to improve chassis stiffness and a DampMatic II adjustable front suspension from Bilstein, adjustable front dampers, rear subframe support, Brembo monoblock calipers (6 piston front, 4 piston rear) and drilled rotors (two-piece up front), active torque vectoring and a quicker steering ratio (11 to 1).
Styling sees some slight tweaks with a red-outlined mesh grille, chin spoiler, 19-inch BBS wheels, and a redesigned rear bumper. Inside, the front passengers are held tight in leather-trimmed Recaro seats.
If the 400 units aren’t exclusive enough, Subaru breaks the S207 into three special editions. A planned run of 200 units will feature the NBR Challenge Package that’s inspired by the company’s class victory in the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hours. It adds a carbon fiber rear spoiler, black wheels, red seatbelts, and an Ultrasuede-covered steering wheel. A hundred of those are the NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition that come exclusively in Sunrise Yellow with black-painted door mirrors and side sills.
Depending on the version, prices before Japan’s consumption tax would be between $46,050 and $48,950 at current exchange rates.