Tokyo 2015: Subaru holds global debut for WRX STI S207

Tokyo 2015: Subaru holds global debut for WRX STI S207 image

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Japan-only special limited to 400 units

Subaru has launched their latest track-focused model for the WRX STI. Called the S207, it continues the long line of S series WRX STI's which date back to the 90's. The S207 is limited to 400 units only.

Exterior differences between the standard WRX STI and the S207 include a mesh grill with cherry red striping at the border, a large front chin spoiler and a black garnish with STI badging. Exclusive to the S207 is an aerodynamically enhanced rear bumper that features a red stripe and an air outlet grill. The WRX STI S207 sits on 19-inch BBS light alloy wheels designed by STI themselves.

Inside, one can see Recaro seats embossed with STI logos with S207 badging on the center console, instrument panel and side sill plates. Silver stitching can be seen thoughout the seats and door panels. For added exclusivity, an S207 plaque has been mounted on the center console, each of them with a serial number.

Subaru has also unveiled the WRX STI S207 NBR Challenge alongside the standard S207. The S207 NBR Challenge features a dry carbon rear spoiler and an ornament commemorating Subaru’s victory in the SP3T class 2 in the 2015 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race. Subaru will only be making 300 units of the NBR Challenge of which 100 of those will be in Sunrise Yellow.

Rear quarter view of the Subaru WRX STI S207

Apart from cosmetic changes, the WRX STI S207 comes with a host of performance upgrades. For its suspension and handing modifications, it gets bespoke Bilstein dampers tuned by STI, a flexible tower bar, front STI-designed flexible draw stiffener in front, a reinforced front subframe along STI designed ball joints and bushings. Stronger stopping power is provided by 6-pot brake calipers with 18 inch drilled rotors in front and 4-pot rotors at the back, measuring in at 18 inches as well.

The engine also gets an upgrade with various tweaks exclusive to the S207. It gets an upgraded ECU, a twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger, a performance exhaust and an STI-designed strengthened silicon intake duct. Power output improves from 300 PS in the standard WRX STI to 328 PS while torque jumps from 407 Nm to 431 Nm. Other performance upgrades include a more aggressive Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, a specially tuned Active Torque Vectoring system and an STI-designed low-pressure-drop air cleaner element .