Subaru WRX STI S208 Is A 324 HP Japanese Beast

Subaru has decided to give enthusiasts from its home country a track-ready variant of the WRX STI, dubbed the S208 Special Edition.

Seemingly taking some inspiration from the brand’s STI Type RA NBR Special, the limited-edition variant will be restricted to just 450 units throughout the country.

Power for the model comes thanks to an uprated 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder which now delivers 324 hp, a 28 hp increase over other STI models. Additionally, Subaru has fitted adjustable Bilstein dampers, active torque vectoring for the rear wheels, and a faster steering rack.

Visually, the S208 Special Edition immediately stands out thanks to 19-inch wheels, a small rear spoiler and a prominent front splitter. The car can be painted in World Rally Blue Pearl and Crystal White Pearl but if customers want something special, they can opt for Cool Grey Khaki with the NBR Challenge Package and also receive a larger rear wing and carbon roof.

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  • Bash

    Nice!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Nice but I’m ready for the next one based on the new Impreza.

  • Balcis

    great car of its time but since then almost no improvement.

  • TheHake

    When will Subaru step out of the ’90’s with their dashboards?

  • SteersUright

    Why do we get the ancient 2.5L while elsewhere they use their new 2.0L boxer 4?

    • LWOAP

      Because they hate us.

  • LWOAP

    28 extra hp. The fuck?

    A cold air intake and ECU tune could have yielded similar results. I hope like hell the dampeners, torque vectoring and steering rack make it a lot faster around the track than a stock WRX STI. At least a second or two faster.

    • Trackhacker

      You do understand manufacturers make cars to be reliable and last long….they are not after high numbers at the risk of reliability. Also, these are corporations. They don’t think like you. It’s a business at the end of the day.

      • LWOAP

        Yeah, but this is supposed to be a track focused vehicle sold in limited numbers. In most cases, reliability and lasting long takes a back seat to performance. And on top of that, 324 is nothing in today’s world. If it wants to compete, it’s going to need much more get up and go to keep up with the competition otherwise it’s going to get left behind.

  • Honda NSX-R

    And of course it’s Japan only.

    • LWOAP

      Well, the S207 was also Japan only as well. We always get the short end of the stick.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Stop giving yourselves the GOOD SHIT!

  • Nick099

    Horsepower….needs more of it and stateside.
    Otherwise, buy a Ford.

  • Trackhacker

    Lame how these are always Japanese exclusives.

  • Trackhacker

    324Hp is more than enough for the street and more than 99% of people can handle. People keep asking for more and more power as if we all live on race tracks are drive our cars 10/10ths everyday. ~ No…the reality …most drivers cannot even handle 200hp and the only reason they think they are good is due to computers and safety tech in the cars protecting your ass.

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