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Subaru WRX STI S208 heading to Tokyo show, 450 units planned

September 28, 2017

A racy Subaru WRX STI will debut at the Tokyo motor show next month, called the STI S208. It features a unique colour scheme and motorsport-inspired aero kit, and plenty of other go-fast bits.

Featuring a unique baby blue exterior colour, the S208 is kinda cool in an aggressive yet approachable way. The blue paint is contrasted with a number of black or darkened highlights, including a lightweight carbon fibre roof.

At the front you can see an extended splitter section, in black, with a deeper front air dam in the middle supported by some chunky side inlets. From here the side skirts look pretty much standard, and around the back is a large wing mounted on separate struts, with a diffuser underneath engulfing quad-outlet exhausts.

Specifications haven’t been revealed, but Subaru said in a recent press release: “Modifications from the S207 launched in 2015 include improved engine output and acceleration performance.” In the Japanese domestic market the STI already comes with a more powerful engine compared with the 221kW 2.5-litre turbo boxer four that we get.

Instead, the JDM version uses a newer 2.0-litre turbo producing 240kW and 431Nm. With more power, and potentially less weight thanks to the carbon roof, the S208 is expected to be a lot quicker than the regular STI. Subaru also says the special edition has a lower centre of gravity, which should help with handling.

The company is planning to make just 450 examples of the S208. These will be sold off in a lottery-style system for fairness. All of the details will be revealed at the big show, starting October 25.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.