Subaru S208 Special Edition of WRX STI Announced; Limited to 450 Units

Subaru Corporation and its motorsports subsidiary Subaru Tecnica
International (STI) today announced the S208, a special limited-edition model based on
the WRX STI, with just 450 units to be available in Japan.
The S208, which is based on the WRX STI, is the top-end model of Subaru high-performance
cars. Subaru and STI have worked together on the exclusive development of the engine and
suspensions, and added exclusive fittings to both exterior and interior, with the aim of achieving
the ultimate driving car that offers the best ever performance and quality in the S series.
Modifications from the S207 launched in 2015 include improved engine output and acceleration
performance, and a lower center of gravity with the adoption of a carbon roof, elevating
Subaru’s distinctive enjoyment of driving to the extreme. 
The specially tuned engine delivers maximum output of 329 PS. Handling is enhanced by a quick
steering gear ratio of 11:1, original STI components including flexible tower brace, along with
DampMatic®II front suspension with adjustable damping and front-rear Active Torque
Vectoring. These combine to deliver a strong yet flexible ride and sharp cornering.
STI-designed BBS 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, 255/35R19 tires, and a dry carbon-fiber
trunk lip spoiler further enhance driving performance. The large front underspoiler adopted for
the exterior and the STI-designed Recaro front bucket seats and exclusive sports instruments in
the interior add to the anticipation for driving and joy of ownership.
Evoking the spirit of the 24 Hours Nürburgring, where the WRX STI continues to compete, an
NBR Challenge Package is also available (limited to 350 units), featuring a dry carbon-fiber roof
and a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler with S208 logo.
The S208 is available in two body colors, WR Blue Pearl and Crystal White Pearl. Additionally,
a limited-run Cool Grey Khaki Edition is available for the NBR Challenge Package, as a model
offering an even more exclusive experience.
As the S208 is limited to 450 units, customers wishing to purchase one will need to sign up with
a dealer during the time period set for entering sales negotiations.
If the number of entries
exceeds the limit, sales negotiation opportunities will be set by lottery.
Main Features of S208
■ Suspension System and Wheels
・ STI-tuned Bilstein front struts (DampMatic®II, inverted type) and coil springs
・ STI-tuned Bilstein rear dampers and coil springs
・ STI-designed BBS 19-inch×8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (silver)
・ 255/35R19 92Y tires (Dunlop Sport Maxx RT with special sound-absorbing sponge)
・ STI-designed flexible tower brace, front
・ STI-designed flexible draw stiffeners, front
・ STI-designed front suspension supports
・ STI-designed rear suspension flexible support subframe
・ STI-designed pillow ball bush rear suspension links (lateral link front inside & rear inside)
・ Brembo 18-inch bench-rated front disc brakes [drilled disc rotors & monobloc opposed-piston
6-pot calipers (silver-painted, with STI logo)]
・ Brembo 18-inch ventilated rear disc brakes [drilled disc rotors & monobloc opposed-piston 2-pot
calipers (silver-painted, with STI logo)]
・ Exclusive high-output balanced engine (with serial number and STI Performance ornament*4)
・ Exclusive engine control unit (ECU)
・ Balanced clutch cover and flywheel
・ Twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger
・ Intercooler water spray (with toggle switch)
・ Performance muffler with lowered back pressure (featuring STI logo) teamed with exclusive rear
exhaust pipe
・ STI-designed strengthened silicon intake duct
・ Performance shroud
・ Quick-ratio steering gearbox (11:1)
・ Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system
・ Active Torque Vectoring system
・ STI-designed low-pressure-drop air cleaner element
・ STI Performance Oil (Motul 5W-40)  Controls/Instrument Panel/Warning Lights ・ Welcome Lighting ・ Luminescent instrument panel (with multi-information display and STI logo) ・ Multifunctional display ・ Central instrument panel visor (leather-like wrapping and silver stitching) ・ Ultrasuede®-wrapped steering wheel (chrome bezel, metallic finisher, silver stitching) ・ STI-designed push-type engine switch (red with STI logo) ・ STI-designed leather-wrapped shift knob (black with STI logo) and shift boot (silver stitching) ■ Audio ・ Six speakers (4 front + 2 rear) ・ Black roof antenna (shark fin type) ■ Interior ・ STI-designed Recaro front bucket seats (leather [black semi-aniline finish on main panels, black finish on inside of side panels, silver stitching and accents] embossed with STI logo and equipped with seat heating and supplemental restraint system side airbags) ・ Rear seats (black leather with silver stitching and accents) ・ Decorative instrument panel (red, with S208 ornament) ・ Side sill plates (with S208 logo) ・ Door arm rests (silver stitching, metallic power window switch panel) ・ Center console with metallic decorative panel ・ Metallic side bench grill ・ Serial number plate (console) ・ Floor mats (enhanced soundproofing) ・ Floor carpet ・ Sub trunk (with tire repair kit)  ■ Exterior ・ Mesh-type front grill (cherry-red stripe with S208 ornament) ・ Large front underspoiler (high gloss black) ・ Side bumper bezel (steel mesh and chrome plating) ・ Black side garnish with STI emblem ・ Satin-plated door mirrors (with foot lamp) ・ Metallic side sill moldings ・ Rear bumper (cherry-red stripe with air outlet grill) ・ S208 rear ornament ・ Dry carbon-fiber trunk lip spoiler ■ Safety Package ・ Advanced Safety Package: Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, High Beam Assist, Front and Side View Monitors ■ NBR Challenge Package Exclusive Equipment ・ STI-designed BBS 19-inch×8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (black) ・ Dry carbon-fiber roof ・ Black door mirrors (with foot lamp) ・ High gloss black side sill moldings ・ Carbon Trunk Lip : Dry carbon-fiber trunk spoiler ・ Carbon Rear Wing : Dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler (with S208 logo)

Source: Subaru