With the present recognition of its XV and Forester SUVs, it’s straightforward to overlook that Subaru as soon as made its title by way of hardcore STI fashions just like the chic Impreza 22B STI. Now, nevertheless, the corporate is teasing the newest in a protracted line of obscene go-faster variants, set to debut on the Detroit Auto Present on January 14.
The bewinged WRX STI seen tearing up the Virginia Worldwide Raceway within the video above should be lined in camouflage, however you’d be hard-pressed to overlook the aggressive entrance canards, outstanding fender flares and tall rear spoiler. In a small, refined however telling trace, Subaru says that this new mannequin is “from Japan with love” and is “coming to America for the primary time ever.”
These all lend credence to rumours of the track-focused Japanese-market “S” sequence of autos lastly making its option to the US, which first surfaced with the information of an S209 trademark being utilized Stateside. These limited-run fashions have solely ever been bought outdoors Japan in choose market, so this might be the purpose wherein the nameplate lastly turns into worldwide.
Final time round, the S208 packed a lot of delectable goodies, together with an uprated 329 PS 2.zero litre EJ turbocharged flat-four engine, Bilstein DampMatic II dampers, entrance and rear torque vectoring, a entrance strut tower brace and faster steering. Visually, the automotive is about aside by way of a big entrance spoiler, a carbon fibre rear spoiler, 19-inch solid BBS alloy wheels and Recaro bucket seats.
Simply 450 of these had been made, with 350 of these sporting the NBR Problem Bundle that commemorated Subaru’s class victory on the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in 2016. This consisted of a dry carbon roof and rear wing just like the one you see right here. Count on the US-market S209 to be simply as potent.
GALLERY: Subaru WRX STI S208 at Tokyo 2017
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