Subaru Tecnica International (STI) will launch a limited-edition model based on the WRX STI this December. Just 400 units of the model, dubbed the “S207”, will be available world wide.
Taking the WRX STI as its base, this complete car from STI features exclusive engine and suspension tuning as well as distinctive interior and exterior design.
That means we will once again see the legendary EJ20 boxer engine star in a special edition WRX, although possibly for the final time.
The S207 will sit at the pinnacle of the STI lineup and aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle, providing a feel-good experience to all those who travel in it regardless of road conditions and enhancing driver skill.
We can only imagine it will succeed as the base STI is already an incredibly fun and engaging drive.
Special engine tuning boosts maximum power to 241kW at 7200 rpm and a maximum torque figure of 431Nm from 4800rpm sending power to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Sorry folks, you're out of luck if you want an automatic S207.
Handling is enhanced by a quick steering-gear ratio of 11:1, the addition of original STI components including a flexible tower bar, DampMatic® II front suspension with adjustable damping (a first for a Japanese carmaker), and front-rear Active Torque Vectoring, all of which combine to achieve a strong yet flexible ride and sharp cornering.
Stopping performance has also been massively improved, with Brembo 6-pot brakes up front and 4-pot brakes at the rear, both featuring monoblock opposed-piston brake calipers and drilled rotors.
The S207 also receives specially designed 255/35R19 tires; and an exclusive large front spoiler to further set it apart from its lower specced STI stablemates.
Special design elements serve to heighten the ownership experience, from the rear-bumper air outlet on the exterior to exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats and customized sports instruments on the interior.
Evoking the spirit of the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race, where the WRX STI continues to vie for honours, an “NBR Challenge Package” is also available, featuring an exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler and an ornament commemorating Subaru’s victory in the SP3T class in the 2015 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race.
The S207 is available in three body colors: WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, and Crystal Black Silica. Additionally, a 100-unit limited run of the “NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition” in vivid Sunrise Yellow will be on offer as a special model.
Driven is awaiting a response from Subaru New Zealand on whether any examples of the S207 will make it onto Kiwi roads. With only 400 cars available in S207 trim we’re hoping they’ll let us know fast!
Update: Subaru New Zealand has confirmed that the S207 WRX STI will only be on offer to the Japanese Domestic Market and won't be sold in NZ.