It’s deeply unfair that Japanese car manufacturers usually reserve their best, fastest cars exclusively for the home market. Subaru is one of the worst offenders and the new WRX STi S207 is a case in point.
The S200 series dates back to the early 2000s when someone came up with the truly brilliant idea of offering a run of special edition Impreza STis hopped up with every upgrade listed in the STi catalogue. Rumour has it they could give a full-fat Impreza WRC a run for its money on a rally stage.
Every generation of Impreza/WRX STi since has received the S200 treatment, which leads us to the car you see here, the new S207.
The 2.0-litre, flat-four turbo engine has been heavily modified with new pistons, conrods, turbo, exhaust and ECU, which makes us think the quoted output of 324bhp and 314lb/ft of torque is on the conservative side. Subaru hasn’t quoted any performance figures, but we’ll hazard a guess at a 0-62mph time in the low four second range.
Running gear is seriously uprated, too, with front-rear torque vectoring, quicker steering rack, flexible front strut brace, DampMatic II front suspension with adjustable damping, massive Brembo brakes and much else besides. Like we said, basically the entirety of the STi parts catalogue has been thrown at it.
The S207 rolls on 19in wheels wrapped in specially designed 255/35 tyres, while a huge front splitter and side sills improve the aero. Inside are a pair of deep Recaro bucket seats and unique instruments.
Half of the 400-strong S207 run will get the ‘NBR Challenge Package’, i.e. a gigantic rear spoiler similar to that on the WRX STi race car that won its class in the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
Deliveries of the Subaru WRX STi S207 start in January. If you want one in the UK, you’ll have to go down the grey import route.
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By Only Motors