Back in the 2015, Subaru unveiled the S207, a hardcore WRX STi sold in limited numbers to the Japan market only. Now, at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, it's back with another limited-production, souped-up STi: the S208.
The WRX STi S208 is an evolution of the S207, featuring a whole bunch of new upgrades that would make any tuner jealous. Output from the 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer four engine has been upped from 320 horsepower to 325 horsepower thanks to a new ECU, and now features a cooling system that sprays water onto the intercooler, controlled by a paddle on the steering wheel. A system similar to this one can also be found on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
As with the S207, the S208 gets a super-quick 11-to-1 steering rack, active torque vectoring, adjustable Bilstein front suspension, fixed Bilstein rear suspension, Brembo monoblock calipers (6 piston front, 2 piston rear), and drilled rotors. A carbon fiber lip spoiler, a flexible tower brace, flexible draw stiffeners, new suspension supports, and a newly designed subframe are also included.
On top of all of that, Subaru will offer an NBR Challenge package that adds 19-inch forged aluminum BBS wheels, a carbon-fiber roof (like the one found on the STi Type RA), black door mirrors, and an optional carbon fiber rear wing.
The S208 will come with a choice of two colors: World Rally blue or Crystal White. People who option the NBR Challenge package will have a third color option, "Cool Gray Khaki."
Like pretty much every special edition Subaru these days, the S208 is limited to Japan only. Subaru will produce just 450 units, 350 of which will be NBR Challenge-optioned cars. Furthermore, since demand is so high, Subaru's set up a Lottery system for people to enter to get the privilege to purchase one.
Pricing for a base S208 comes out to 5,800,000 yen ($50,831) before taxes, while a fully optioned NBR Challenge-equipped car will cost 6,580,000 yen ($57,667).