Subaru S208 Special Edition Is The Most Powerful WRX STI Yet

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If you want one, it's only going to be sold in Japan where it will be limited to just 450 untis.

Most cars exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show are futuristic concepts laden with advanced autonomous technology and electric powertrains. While the Subaru Viziv shows us what the next-generation WRX STI could potentially look like, the Japanese manufacturer has also revealed a new special edition version of the current model as the new range topper. Limited to only 450 units, the Subaru S208 boasts improved engine output and acceleration performance over the S207 launched in 2015, as well as a lower center of gravity thanks to its carbon roof.

Under the hood is a specially tuned version of the Japanese-spec STI's 2.0-liter flat-four engine that produces 324-horsepower. It certainly puts the American-spec WRX STI to shame, which has been powered by the same 2.5-liter 305-hp engine since 2008. Like the S207 before it, the S208 also features a faster steering rack, adjustable Bilstein damping and active torque vectoring for the rear wheels. The souped-up STI rides on 19-inch aluminium wheels and features a carbon fiber spoiler and bespoke front splitter. Inside, the S208 features STI Recaro bucket sports seats and bespoke instrument displays to remind you that the S208 is more hardcore than the standard STI.

Out of the 450 S208s that will be built, 350 will include an NBR Challenge Package that pays homage to the automaker's recent achievements at the Nurburgring, featuring a dry carbon fiber roof and an even larger rear spoiler with an S208 logo. The base model S208 is available in WR Blue Pearl and Crystal White Pearl, while a limited-run Cool Grey Khaki Edition is available for the NBR Challenge Package. Sadly, the Subaru S208 is only being sold in Japan with prices starting at 5,800,000 Yen ($51,000). A top-spec model will set you back 6,580,000 Yen ($58,000). As if it wasn't already limited enough, sales will be randomly allocated to customers in a lottery if there is a high demand.

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