Subaru WRX STi S208 revealed at Tokyo motor show

Hotter WRX will be offered to Japanese customers only

Subaru has revealed its latest special edition of the WRX STi at the Tokyo motor show, the S208.

Limited to 450 units, wannabe owners will need to enter a ballot in order get behind its Alcantara steering wheel. Of the 450 units being offered, 350 cars will be sold with the Nürburgring Challenge Pack (NBR) option.

An evolution of 2015’s S207 model, the S208 gets a 28bhp power hike over a standard WRX STi to 324bhp, with 319lb ft of torque also on offer, up from 295lb ft.

There are a host of chassis and suspension upgrades carried out by STi too, including a quicker steering rack and adjustable Bilstein DampMatic II front suspension and front and rear torque vectoring. Six-piston Brembo brakes are a standard feature, along with 19-inch BBS alloy wheels. The tyres are Dunlop’s Sport Maxx RT.

The four-wheel drive system remains as per the regular WRX STi, with a six-speed manual gearbox the only transmission offered.

Identifiable by a larger front splitter, the S208 is available with either a carbonfibre rear lip spoiler, or for those opting for the NBR option, a larger carbon fixed rear wing. A carbon roof is also fitted as standard on all models. Inside you get a pair of Recaro bucket seats, Alcantara trim, and a red trim inlay running throughout the interior to match the exterior highlights.

Only available in Japan, the WRX STi S208 will cost from £41,885 for one of the 100 regular models, rising to £47,000 for the 350 NBRs.

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