Subaru’s STI tuning arm has created this ultimate S206 version of the Impreza WRX STI
30 November 2011

Subaru’s STI tuning arm has created this ultimate S206 version of the Impreza WRX STI. It is on show at the Tokyo motor show and has gone straight on sale in Japan – but like the special STI-tuned S202, S203, S204 and R205 models before it, UK buyers will be denied the car.

No additional special models will be added to the WRX STI line-up in the UK before 2013, when an all-new 300bhp version is expected to be launched based on the new 2012 Impreza that’s recently gone on sale in the US and Japan.

Toshio Masuda, Subaru product planning senior general manager, said: “We're showing off the Impreza here as a proper sports model. The next WRX and STI Impreza models are in development.”

See the official pics of the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206, plus a show pic

Subaru claims the S206 is the “crown of its STI tune cars”. Changes to the S206 over the standard WRX STI include more power for its “exclusively-made” engine, a series of sporty styling upgrades and a complete makeover for its suspension.

Power from the 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine has been increased by 20bhp over the standard WRX STI to 316bhp and torque is up 18lb ft to 318lb ft. The under the bonnet changes include an enhanced twin-scroll turbocharger, STI-tuned ECU and sports muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust.

Subaru has not confirmed any performance figures for the car, but has said accelerator response is increased and mid-range torque improved to provide better driveability.

Suspension changes include exclusive Bilstein front shock absorbers and STI coil springs. There’s also a flexible tower bar and flexible draw stiffener at the front that Subaru claims offers improve straight-line performance and steadies the car while cornering to allow “precise and quick” adjustments mid-corner. New 19in BBS alloys with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres also feature.

At the front, there’s a new spoiler, grille and lower bumper that result in improved aerodynamics, while at the rear the large fixed wing is removed. Inside, there’s Recaro racing bucket seats and Alcantara trim.

Subaru is also offering a special NBR Challenge Package edition of the S206. This model commemorates Subaru’s class win at the Nürburgring 24 Hours and gets a carbonfibre roof and rear spoiler.

Just 300 units of the S206 are offered, 100 of which are the NBR editions that have already sold out.

Mark Tisshaw

See all the latest Subaru reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK