There was a time when American buyers were routinely forbidden from getting their hands on automakers' more entertaining pieces of engineering. These days, more and more automakers are turning to global product development, which means we get to play with hardware like the Nissan GT-R and the Ford Focus ST. Subaru, however, seems bent on keeping the really fun stuff on its home turf, including the delicious WRX STI S206. The company's engineers went full bore on the turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine under the hood, balancing all of the internals, dropping on a ball bearing turbo and reflashing the ECU for a total of 316 horsepower.

Outside, the sedan comes equipped with fender-mounted vents and special badges to distinguish the model from the rest of the WRX fleet, and designers have clipped the vehicle's iconic wing in favor of a smaller lip spoiler. We like the look. We just wish we could drive it. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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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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      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just want a new 22B. Use the 2.0L from the BRZ - bore/stroke it to 2.2L + closed deck head + turbo. 380hp/330lb-ft... 0-60 in 4.4 sec. Yes. Yes I would for 40k. Then you can use the same setup in a BRZ STI. I'm gonna dare to dream this one.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not so sure I'm a fan of the silver/white(?) mirrors. Looks BA otherwise.
      Kingsley Enechukwu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am a fan of Subaru STI sedan but I want to use this means to discourage all fans of Subaru arround the world not to patronage subaru sti sedan again until they learn how to respect their fans allover the world.Subaru do not have regard for thier fans alround the world that is while they decide to limit the best like S206 for only Japan market.It is not only US that is thier fans,what about Africa,Infact more expensive cars like latest Panameres,Royce royce,x6 bmw etc are corrently in Africa.So,what is too much for S206 that we cannot buy it.Infact,if subaru is not ready to produce for the rest of the world what they produce for Japan,they should stop production becuase I will discourage people from buying thier cars until they learn to respect us thier fans alround the world and give us what they give to the japan market.We are more better than the japan market.
      haji
      • 3 Years Ago
      i used to have the former s204 impreza and it was just astonishing. cant imagine how good the s206 is...
      cotodecompton
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice fender vents, seen the same ones at pep boys next too the chrome wiper blade trim
      over9000
      • 3 Years Ago
      the vent on the fenders add +20hp
      Spartan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice and all, but please don't tell me those are faux vents on that STI.
        Saracen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spartan
        Gven that the STI's styling is dictated entirely by function, I'm sure they are real.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The company's engineers went full bore on the turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine under the hood" Really? And all they got was a measly 11 hp over the current STi? Seems like "full bore" would do a little better than that.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes please.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this thing could use some more vents - maybe a rear disc break cooling duct intake vent hole just behind the rear door handle. Maybe in a contrasting color.....
      XtraKryspy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vents is the new wing
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