• Subaru WRX STI S206 front 3/4

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 rear 3/4

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 front 3/4

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 rear 3/4

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 front 3/4

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 interior

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 NBR Challenge Package

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 NBR Challenge Package

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 pistons

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 fascia

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 rear spoiler

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 fender vent

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 wheel

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 brakes

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 brakes

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 strut tower brace

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 brace

  • Subaru WRX STI S206

  • Subaru WRX STI S206

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 Bilstein shocks

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 engine

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 engine

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 ball bearing turbo

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 exhaust

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 steering wheel

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 start button

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 center console

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 Recaro seats

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 Recaro seats

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 Recaro seats

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 door sill plate

  • Subaru WRX STI S206

  • Subaru WRX STI S206

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  • Subaru WRX STI S206 identification plate

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 identification plate

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 grille

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 badge

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 mirror

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 badge

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 carbon fiber roof

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 carbon fiber wing

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 NBR Challenge badge

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 sill plate

  • Subaru WRX STI S206 wheel

Subaru has unveiled the latest addition to the company's line of S series performance vehicles. The WRX STI S206 comes equipped with an even higher level of go fast equipment than the base STI. Bilstein shocks, a flexible strut tower bar up front as well as a flexible draw stiffener all help the vehicle hustle around your favorite road course, as do the standard Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on all four corners. Subaru has also taken the time to rework the vehicle's turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine with a balanced crank, pistons and connecting rods. Combined with a ball bearing turbo and a new ECU, the lump is now good for 316 horsepower. That's a significant nudge over the 305 horsepower available in the standard STI.

The vehicle also offers a range of aesthetic tweaks inside and out. Those looking for even more exclusivity can dive into the NBR Challenge Package, which includes a carbon fiber roof and rear wing among other goodies. The WRX STI S206 with the NBR Challenge Package is designed to pay tribute to the Subaru class win at this year's 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Unfortunately, that beast has already sold out.

Both vehicles are only available in Japan, so unless you know a guy who knows a guy who can rob a guy, you're out of luck on this side of the globe.
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STI to introduce the SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI "S206"

Tokyo, November 24, 2011 – Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI)*1 is pleased to announce the launch of the SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI "S206", special performance edition. The model will go on sale today through Subaru dealerships in Japan.

Based on the 4-door SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI, S206 is the newest model in STI's "S" series. This series dons the crown of STI tuned cars with advanced driving performance and exclusively-made items in both interior and exterior designs. As with former STI models such as S204 and R205, S206 is founded on the IMPREZA WRX STI line.

In addition, "NBR CHALLENGE PACKAGE" model will be released to commemorate the class win*2 at 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race held in June, with the addition of a carbon roof and original dry carbon rear spoiler. The exterior design incorporates racing car motifs and has an enhanced sporty feel.

Pre-orders for the "NBR CHALLENGE PACKAGE" have reached the limit for units available.

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI S206

S206's body and engine were tuned to perform as expected of STI's best model. The body employs exclusive Bilstein shock absorbers, STI coil springs, a flexible tower bar (front), and a flexible draw stiffener (front). While improving straight-driving performance, motion is steadied when going into corners so that precise and quick turning is possible. Plus, "Michelin Pilot Super Sport" tires provide refined driving comfort in combination with
"BBS" 19-inch aluminum wheels made only for this model.

In the exclusively-made engine, the weight balance between piston, connecting rod, and crankshaft is optimized to enhance the rev feel. Along with a ball bearing turbocharger, ECU (Engine Control Unit) with STI tuning, and a sports muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust - all of which were designed for this model - the engine can deliver 235kW (320PS) in maximum output and 431N.m (44kg.m) in maximum torque. The accelerator response is heightened and low to mid range torque increased, thereby offering better driveability.

On the outside, the lower front spoiler and front fender outlet grille, both designed for this model, and the trunk spoiler are among its distinctive features. The newly-made front grille and side garnishes were also employed for aerodynamics improvement and a high grade appearance.

In the interior are exclusively-made items such as a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, "RECARO" racing bucket seats, and seatbelts. Together they create a refined appearance and feel, appropriate for this flagship model.

*1: Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI; President Hiroyuki Karamatsu; located in Mitaka, Tokyo)
*2: Class SP3T



-Mechanism-
STI tuned Bilstein upside down strut and STI coil springs for front suspension
STI tuned Bilstein damper and STI coil springs for rear suspension
S206 BBS designed 19-inch x 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (silver)
Michelin Pilot Super Sports 245/35ZR19(93Y) tires
Brembo 6-pot silver colored brake caliper with STI logo and 18-inch 2piece type drilled disk rotors for front brake
Brembo 4-pot silver colored brake caliper with STI logo and 18-inch drilled disk rotors for rear brake
STI designed flexible front strut tower brace
STI designed flexible draw stiffener, front
STI designed flexible support, rear
STI designed support, front kit
STI designed lateral rink with pillow ball bush (front inside, rear inside)
S206 engine balanced with STI
STI designed S206 ECU (Engine Control Unit)
S206 twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger
STI designed S206 sport muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust
Large intercooler with S206 logo
STI designed strengthened silicon intake duct
STI designed air cleaner element
S206 multi mode VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control)

-Interior-
S206 RECARO designed front bucket seat
S206 seat fabric, ALCANTARA® with black punching / red base, leather seat support (dark gray) with silver stitch
S206 door trim & centered arm rest (black ALCANTARA® with silver stitch)
S206 dark red colored seat belt
S206 silver side sill plate with S206 logo (front)
S206 leather lapped steering wheel with STI logo and silver stitch
STI designed leather shift knob with STI logo and leather shift boot
S206 leather side brake boot
STI designed push engine start switch (red with STI logo)
S206 serial number plate (console, engine compartment)

-Exterior-
S206 large front under spoiler
S206 front fender outlet grille
Aluminum front hood
STI designed trunk lip spoiler
S206 badges on front grille and rear gate
STI designed side garnish with STI logo (black metallic)
-Exclusive for NBR CHALLENGE PACKAGECarbon
roof
S206 dry carbon rear spoiler (2 angle adjustable with S206 logo)
BBS designed 19-inch x 8 1/2J cast aluminum wheels (black)
S206 Nürburgring Challenge sticker (rear)
S206 red side sill plate with S206 logo (front)


Maximum 300 units (must be pre-ordered by May 7, 2012)
[Including maximum 100 units of NBR CHALLENGE PACKAGE that must be pre-ordered by March 19, 2012]
Pre-orders for the "NBR CHALLENGE PACKAGE" have reached the limit for units available.
[Exterior color "Lightning Red" must be ordered by February 6, 2012]


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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      The title should read: "Subaru bringing more powerful WRX STI S206 to Tokyo and definitely NOT bringing it to America"
      Hector Estrada
      • 3 Years Ago
      another year, another S20* STi.... that wont come to america
      Tippy Dobbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't call 11hp "significant". Especially if that's being measured at the crank.
        Sickness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tippy Dobbs
        I was thinking the same thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tippy Dobbs
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        WindsWilling
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tippy Dobbs
        Just like how another AB writer put down the BRZ being a "svelte" car with it's 2700lb curb weight and anemic powerplant.
      Dreez28
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great. I think Subaru needs to do an STI to compete with the Nissan GTR. Make it a supercar-killer and pack some serious hp under the hood. Nowadays, 310hp isn't going to cut it for serious performance enthusiasts, especially when you can get that kind of HP from a mid 20k range car like a Camaro, Mustang, Genesis. They have the AWD reputation, why not take it to the next level?
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        Because the Impreza chassis is one big-ass compromise all around. Everything from the rear suspension being strut-based to the massive polar moment of inertia are caused by compromises due to the fact that the Impreza is an economy car platform. The WRX is getting its own chassis next generation for a reason. I personally don't want a GT-R competitor from Subaru, just a car with independent (or at least multi-link) rear suspension and an engine that is positioned BEHIND the strut towers.
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @oRenj9
          In my opinion Multi-link is better than Double Wishbone. Also the Evo already has a dedicated Chassis. Just pointing that out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
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          oRenj9
          • 3 Years Ago
          The six-speed in the STi has no problem handling 500HP, it's the R160 rear differential that seems to **** the bed at those power levels (or the axles).
          • 3 Years Ago
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        deeeznuuuts83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        What benefit would that provide? To some, the GT-R is already a hard enough sell, even with 545 hp and 10-second quarter-mile times, just because it is a Nissan. Making a Subaru compete with this car is going to be an even more difficult sell, as clearly it would cost much more than a standard STI. That being said, making a streetable production STI with the balls to play with a GT-R isn't easy. Realistically speaking, it's a great competitor but always second place to the Evo X in most comparisons (and also in my own personal opinion, having been behind the wheel of both of them extensively). Mitsubishi UK makes the FQ variants of it, and even the most bad ass variants do get pricey but still couldn't complete with the GT-R, as there are a few head-to-head comparisons on YouTube.
      Carman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Subaru, Mercedes E - Class called and he wants his body curves back.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carman
        The optometrist called, he gave you the wrong prescription.
      James B Beavan III
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks pretty, but I'm not dropping $35-40K on one of these...though they do have really good resale value compared to the EVO's.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Oldgovernor
        • 3 Years Ago
        Huh wonder why my 05 evo had "viii badges" Oh ya IX was 2006 only....
      ChrisD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will not buy a Subaru STI because they never bring the special cars here. Never once did we get an S variant. I know we had a SE last year but it was watered down and not all that "special" . At least porsche sends us interesting cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      SurfWRaX
      • 3 Years Ago
      "ball bearing turbo?" Are bushings in the TD04?
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SurfWRaX
        Thrust Bearing design. Ball bearing is much better. Faster spool, more reliable to abuse and overspin.
        Oldgovernor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SurfWRaX
        Td04 is a wrx turbo, the vf series is STi and usually not ball bearing unless jdm twin scroll spec (for the 2l STi ej207)
      Luciano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yo quiero Subaru!
      • 3 Years Ago
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