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Subaru Impreza WRX STI R205 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Following in a line of successfully hotter Impreza variants, Subaru has announced the all-new "R205" version of its latest hatch, and in keeping with tradition, it won't be coming to the States.

As it's done in the past with other "Road Sport" Imprezas, Subaru has raided the Spec C parts bin and fitted all the good kit to the Impreza STI R205, including six-pot (front) and four-pot (rear) upgraded brakes with slotted rotors and cast 18-inch aluminum wheels shod in specially designed Potenza RE070 (245/40R18) tires. Inverted strut and coil springs soak up the bumps in front, with similarly STI-tuned dampers and coils out back, while a front strut tower bar and lower arm stiffening brace help keep the front wheels planted and the steering speaking to the driver.

Naturally, engine mods are part of the package, and with a retuned ECU, new exhaust and turbo, the R205 cranks out 316 horsepower and 319 pound-feet of torque.

A few plaques, a bespoke black front grille, new front and rear diffusers and a black spoiler set the R205 apart from run of the mill JDM Imprezas, and if you're fortunate enough to live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it can all be had for 4,510,000 yen (just under $49k). But act quick, Subaru only plans to produce 400 examples when the S205 goes on sale today. Hit the jump for the press release.


STI to introduce the Subaru Impreza "R205"

Tokyo, January 7, 2010 – Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI)* is pleased to announce the launch of the Subaru Impreza "R205", a special performance version. The model will go on sale today through Subaru dealerships in Japan.

Based on the Impreza WRX STI, the R205 enhanced the sheer driving performance it shares with former special performance models, such as the "S203" and the "S204", developed by STI. The R205 is the top performance model of the WRX STI. It features new and exclusive equipment and makes full use of specially designed features and performance parts of the "WRX STI spec C" model, the sporty performance model launched 2009. The "R" of R205 stands for "Road Sport".

Most efforts focused on refining handling performance by adopting STI tuned dampers, coil springs, flexible type strut tower bar, flexible type lower arm stiffener of front suspension, and Bridgestone's specially designed RE070 tyres. Thus the R205 ideally balances agile driving and confident driveability by enhancing a linear steering response and excellent road-holding capability. This is exactly the distinctive ride quality that STI is pursuing as its vehicle development theme, "strength and nimbleness" driving. The R205 offers enhanced total driving control not only in city driving on the road or winding road but also in sporty driving at the circuit.

In addition, STI carried out verification tests of selected performance parts of the R205 through the participation of the 2009 Nurburgring 24-hour race with an Impreza WRX STI. Making full use of this precious race-track experience at Nurburgring - in which any road condition is condensed - STI successfully completed the model in order to offer sheer excitement and unique driving feeling as a distinctive "Road Sport Model".

The R205 delivers an increased 235kW (320PS) of maximum output, and 431N.m (44.0kg.m) by adopting the exclusively designed turbocharger with ball bearings for the turbine axle bearing, specially tuned ECU (Engine Control Unit), and the sport muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust. SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive) is also available to neatly suit driving style in any driving situation at driver's command.

The front under spoiler, newly developed rear under spoiler, and the black rear spoiler improve aerodynamics. Exclusively designed 18-inch alloy wheels, specially colored front grille and side STI garnish accentuate its uniqueness.

Subaru Impreza R205
Major equipment of Subaru Impreza R205

  • STI tuned inverted strut and coil springs for front suspension
  • STI tuned damper and coil springs for rear suspension
  • "Brembo" 6-pot brake caliper with STI silver logo and 18-inch grooved rotors for front brake
  • "Brembo" 4-pot brake caliper with STI silver logo and 18-inch grooved rotors for rear brake
  • STI designed 18-inch cast aluminum wheels
  • Bridgestone specially designed "POTENZA RE070" (245/40R18) tyres
  • STI designed flexible type front strut tower bar
  • STI designed flexible type lower arm stiffener of front suspension
  • R205 ECU (Engine Control Unit)
  • R205 exhaust pipe
  • R205 twin scroll turbocharger with flexible type ball bearings for the turbine axle bearing
  • R205 sport muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust
  • R205 front stabilizer

  • R205 side sill plate
  • R205 serial number plate

  • R205 front grille (black)
  • STI designed front under spoiler
  • STI designed side STI garnish (black metallic)
  • STI designed rear under spoiler
  • STI designed rear spoiler (black)
  • R205 badges on front grille and rear gate

  • The planed production is limited to 400 units
  • MSRP; 4,510,000 JP Yen (without tax)
Major specifications:
Engine type; Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbocharged engine
Displacement; 1,994 cc
Transmission; 6 speed manual transmission
Maximum output; 235kW (320PS)/6,400 rpm
Maximum torque; 431Nm (44.0kg.m)/4,000 rpm -Overall length X width X height; 4,415 X 1,795 X 1,465 mm

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago

      to be honest, i was quite surprised, having gotten the Spec C less than four months ago (upgraded from the original 2008 WRX STI GRB)...

      but looking at it closely, this is more of a "collectors' edition," sort of a "complete car"... that was designed for the "road," hence the "R" instead of the usual "S."

      you can also see it in the design - it uses the STI "flexi" strut bar, which was designed more for the road rather than the track.

      all in all - the Spec C, being the base competition model, offers more customizability, more freedom of choice than the R205. for one, yes, they have the Brembo brakes (which ive heard STI paid a licensing fee, etc. of around US$800K for the 400-units) - but i can less than the price difference of this car compared to the Spec C and get a better brake kit (bigger rotor, etc.), ie., Project Mu or Endless. a simple "Please" to some tuners will give me an immediate bump of 20HP on the Spec C, etc.

      at first, i was kinda disappointed when they announced the R205 - but now? i dont feel that bad that i got the Spec C less than four months ago...
        • 5 Years Ago
        btw, i just got back from the STI Mitaka office and saw two R205s - a white and red... and of course, a GRB jigsaw puzzle as a "new year" gift...

        trying out the car - not much difference to the Spec C... yes, the numbered plaques, and that good-looking rear diffuser (which you can only get if you have an official R205 registration)... but not much that cannot be customized/added for the price difference between it and the Spec C...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So is this positioned above the Spec C or below it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Previously there have been the R204, R203......
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Subarus but them not bringing it here is helping them save money. I just don't believe there is such a demand for special edition Subaru models in the US
      • 5 Years Ago
      You are sorely mistaken sir. You see, I spend lots of time in Japan. There are many special variants of this car here: S201 etc., R204 etc. A few months ago I was in the process of purchasing an 2006 STI R204......
      The new S205 is a sedan type.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wasn't terribly impressed with the power/torque output till I noticed it was a 2L instead of the 2.5 in the US market. JDM models seem to stick with the 2L for some reason or other.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure I'm in the minority when I say this, but I love the STi hatch. I just wish it was a coupe, too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm in that minority too. I don't see much of a need/demand for a coupe version
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope the upcoming Subaru coupe gets some high-performance "love", to coin their own ad language.

        An attractive coupe with STI hardware... or even a non-turbo H6 version with 300+hp and a manual gearbox as a Grand Tourer... color me very interested.

        As for the name...

        Are they SURE that this is the "R205"?

        Every previous version has been "S20x"

        S201, S202, S203, S204, and 22B STI special Imprezas.
        S401 and S402 STI special Legacys.
        All Japanese market only, unless someone "grey" exports one to another country. That doesn't work for the US market.

        It would be a bit inconsistent for the new version to be "R205", when it should be S205.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the hatchback as well, it doesn't look that bad in real life. I just wish it had a little bit more horsepower.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love the way the sedan STI looked much more then this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ BoxerFanatic

      "I hope the upcoming Subaru coupe gets some high-performance "love", to coin their own ad language.

      An attractive coupe with STI hardware... or even a non-turbo H6 version with 300+hp and a manual gearbox as a Grand Tourer... color me very interested."

      • 5 Years Ago
      Mistake on the name: RB (5, 320s)
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