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.

> Click here to keep up with all the latest news from Tokyo

Recommended

All-new Subaru WRX spied, but a return to the UK remains unlikely
2021 Subaru WRX spied - front quarter
Subaru WRX STi

All-new Subaru WRX spied, but a return to the UK remains unlikely

Subaru’s next WRX draws closer to launch for overseas markets, with an STI to follow soon after
16 Mar 2021
Subaru WRX STI turned up to 11 with Gymkhana special
Subaru WRX STi

Subaru WRX STI turned up to 11 with Gymkhana special

Travis Pastrana takes the Gymkhana reins for its eleventh installment, which also sees a return for Subaru
13 Oct 2020
New Subaru WRX, WRX STI and BRZ confirmed in leaked plan
Subaru WRX STi

New Subaru WRX, WRX STI and BRZ confirmed in leaked plan

Subaru is developing new WRX, WRX STI and BRZ models in sports car offensive, but UK sales remain unconfirmed.
14 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41
Jaguar

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021
Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture special edition revealed
Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture - front cornering
Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture special edition revealed

Mazda’s latest MX-5 special edition a sophisticated take of the base 1.5 Sport
8 Apr 2021
New Mercedes CLS revealed – four-door coupe gets a refresh
2021 Mercedes CLS53 – front static
Mercedes CLS

New Mercedes CLS revealed – four-door coupe gets a refresh

Merc’s sleek CLS has received a few choice updates and a Panamericana grille for 2022
7 Apr 2021