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.
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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.