• 2016 Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition

Let me just get this out there immediately – I’m a bit of a WRX fanboy. That said, I’m sure anyone reading this right now has somewhat similar interests. If that’s the case, then greetings, six-star brothers and sisters, and prepare yourselves, because you’re about to feel the want in a big, big way. Before you is a pumped-up STI that offers more power, tighter handling, and exclusive styling touches inside and out. It’s a modern rendition of the same formula seen in previous-generation special editions, such as the S206 and R205, and once again, it’s only available in Japan.

As is, the WRX STI is hugely capable right out of the box, with a scooped hood housing a sizable dose of turbo power, plus tenacious grip from Subaru’s omnipresent AWD system. The S207 takes all those racy characteristics and simply adds more everywhere. The result is a claim to “the ultimate in road driving” and “the world’s most enjoyable vehicle.”

Sounds good, right? Keep reading to find out how good.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition.

  • 2016 Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    323 @ 7200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    317 @ 3200
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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Subtlety was never the STI’s strong suit. Gaping intakes, bulging fender flares, and race-ready aero combine to make one helluva radar blip, and the S207 is no different.

The first thing to catch your eye will probably be the sizable front under-spoiler

The first thing to catch your eye will probably be the sizable front under-spoiler, which juts out from the bumper with speed-bump-menacing presence. Above this is a new mesh-type grille with a cherry-red stripe running around the perimeter, complete with an obligatory S207 badge. On the sides, you’ll find black garnish and STI-designed BBS wheels. These 19-inch, forked rollers are made from forged aluminum and come finished in silver.

Around back is an exclusive rear bumper with more cherry-red striping and S207 badging, plus louvers just behind the rear wheels. Up top is a shark-fin-style roof antenna.

Buyers can choose between four different paint options: WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, and the doubly limited Sunrise Yellow (see the Prices section for details).

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,635 MM (182.48 Inches)
Width 1,795 MM (70.66 Inches)
Height 1,470 MM (57.87 Inches)
Tire tread F/R 1,535/1,550 MM (60.43/61.02 Inches)
Min. ground clearance 135 MM (5.31 Inches)


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To match the flashy exterior, the S207 comes with equally showy embellishments for the cabin, starting with the STI-spec front buckets seats from Recaro. These come covered in black leather with silver accents, and there are embossed STI logos in the headrests, plus there’s a heating function. Passengers in the rear also get black leather.

Anyone lucky enough to sit in the driver’s seat will enjoy a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with a chrome bezel, metallic finish, and silver stitching. Leather also adorns the shift knob. Instrumentation is customized with an exclusive multifunction display and S207 logo, and the central instrument panel visor is covered in a silver-stitched leather-finish material. There’s also a red push-button starter, and an eight-speaker audio system to offset the burbling flat-four exhaust note.

Finally, the side sills get a unique, checker-patterned treatment and S207 logo, and there’s a serial plate to announce the ride’s authenticity.


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If you think the EJ20 powerplant is getting a bit long in the tooth, you’re not alone – there’s certainly an argument to be made for its retirement. However, this hardy lump of boosted internal combustion is as fundamental to the WRX’s character as AWD drifts and rally highlight reels, and it’s hard to deny its capability.

The S207 backs this with even more output from the 2.0-liter. Mods like a retuned ECU, an exclusive twin-scroll ball-bearing turbo, a performance exhaust, a strengthened silicone intake duct, and a high-flow air filter help to create an impressive 323 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 317 pound-feet of torque between 3,200 rpm and 4,800 rpm. That’s roughly 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet more than the standard-issue STI.

Chassis And Handling

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More power can’t be a bad thing, but it takes the right bits underneath to make it all work properly. As such, the STI’s impressive real-world capability is enhanced even further with a laundry list of STI-tuned suspension parts. Most notable are Bilstein DampMatic II inverter-type front struts, with offer adjustable damping. STI also had a hand in the rear dampers and coil springs, front tower bar, front draw stiffener, front support kit, rear subframe support, and pillow ball rear suspension links. All of that should add up to one very rigid and responsive ride.

The steering was sharpened with an 11:1 quick-ratio steering gearbox

Speaking of response, the steering was sharpened with an 11:1 quick-ratio steering gearbox. There’s also front-rear active torque vectoring to get the most from the AWD system, and an exclusive Vehicle Dynamics Control system.

Short stops come courtesy of Brembo, which offers up gargantuan 18-inch rotors front to back. These are drilled for quick heat dissipation, while the fronts are two-piece units. Clamping these the rotors are monoblock opposed-piston calipers, with 6-pots up front and 4-pots in the rear. The calipers are also finished in silver and come branded with the STI logo.

Finally, Dunlop is used for the rubber, offering up an exclusive Sport Maxx RT compound measuring in at 255/35R19.

Category EJ20 horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder (Boxer)
Type 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve dual AVCS twin-scroll turbo
Max. output 323 HP @ 7,200 RPM
Max. torque 317 LB-FT @ 3,200–4,800 RPM


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The S207 will officially launch on December 1st, 2015. Only 400 units will be produced. Pricing starts at 5,550,000 yen ($45,885) before taxes.

Anyone looking for even more exclusivity is encouraged to look into the NBR Challenge Package. In celebration of Subaru’s third victory at the Nurburgring 24-Hour endurance race this year, half of the S207s will come equipped with an ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel, red seatbelts, black 19-inch BBS wheels, a dry-carbon rear spoiler, and a unique rear emblem. Pricing starts at 5,850,000 ($48,365) before taxes.

Then there’s the NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition, which is even more limited at just 100 units. This throws in black side-view mirrors, yellow side sill plates with the S207 logo, black side sill moldings, and a where’s-my-sunglasses Sunrise Yellow paint job. Pricing starts at 5,900,000 yen ($48,778) before taxes.

Subaru will close the order books on March 6, 2015, but even at these lofty prices, I don’t think selling all 400 will be an issue.


Ford Focus RS

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Turbocharged power and AWD grip is available from a variety of different sources these days, and this blue oval product offers plenty of both. Just like WRC competition of old, it’s entirely possible the limited-edition S207 will run up against Ford’s preeminent hot hatch, and when it does, expect the battle to be fierce. The Ford brings a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a dynamic AWD system, making it quite the match for the Subaru.

Read our full review here.

Volkswagen Golf R

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VW has finally unveiled a new set of high-res images of the 2016 Golf R. Check them and our review of it at TopSpeed.com.

Volkswagen makes an absurd number of Golf variants, but atop them all sits the R. Don’t let the subdued styling fool you – under the hood is a turbo four-cylinder, 4Motion AWD, and a slick six-speed DSG transmission. This VW is a bit more grown up than the S207, but should have the speed to keep pace. If refinement is as important as face-melting speed, the Golf R should have the right mix of both.

Read our full review here.


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Any buyer interested in the WRX STI is usually drawn to it for one reason – performance. These people don’t care about backside coddling or the latest and greatest infotainment technology. They prefer to put their money into the drivetrain and suspension. Speed is the top priority.

The S207 indulges this mindset properly. Yes, it’s nearly $50,000 for a Subaru, but for the money, you get an extremely healthy (albeit aged) turbocharged flat-four engine, plus motorsport-inspired handling. Even the more superfluous exterior and interior additions are geared towards enhancing the overall driving experience.

The S207 is brash, loud, and in your face. It’s certainly not for everyone. But that’s ok – anyone who might own one already knows who they are.

  • Leave it
    • Very expensive
    • Dated powerplant
    • Not coming to the U.S.
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Press Release

Subaru Tecnica International (STI),*1 the motorsports division of Fuji Heavy Industries, will launch a limited-edition model based on the “WRX STI” on December 1, 2015. Just 400 units of the model, dubbed the “S207”, will be available.

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Taking the WRX STI as its base, this complete car from STI features exclusive engine and suspension tuning as well as distinctive interior and exterior design. Embracing the STI concept of offering the ultimate in road driving, the S207 stands at the pinnacle of the STI complete car lineup and aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle, providing a feel-good experience to all those who travel in it regardless of road conditions and enhancing driver skill.

Special engine tuning boosts maximum power output to 328 PS. Handling is enhanced by a quick steering-gear ratio of 11:1, the addition of original STI components including a flexible tower bar, DampMatic® II front suspension with adjustable damping (a first for a Japanese automaker), and front-rear Active Torque Vectoring, all of which combine to achieve a strong yet flexible ride and sharp cornering. Driving performance has also been enhanced with Brembo 6-pot brakes in front and 4-pot brakes at the rear, both featuring monoblock opposed-piston brake calipers and drilled rotors (2-piece type in front); specially designed 255/35R19 tires; and an exclusive large front spoiler. Special design elements serve to heighten driver anticipation and the joy of ownership, from the rear-bumper air outlet on the exterior to exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats and customized sports instruments on the interior.

Evoking the spirit of the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race, where the WRX STI continues to vie for honors, an “NBR Challenge Package” is also available (limited to 200 units), featuring an exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler and an ornament commemorating Subaru’s victory in the SP3T class*2 in the 2015 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race.

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The S207 is available in three body colors: WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, and Crystal Black Silica. Additionally, a 100-unit limited run of the “NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition” in vivid Sunrise Yellow will be on offer as a special model.

The S207 must be ordered by March 6, 2016,*3 and sales are limited to 400 units.

S207 Main Features
■Suspension / Mechanism
・ Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein front struts (DampMatic® II, inverted-type) and coil springs
・ Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein rear dampers and coil springs
・ STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (silver)
・ Exclusive 255/35R19 92Y tires (Dunlop Sport Maxx RT)
・ STI-designed flexible tower bar, front
・ STI-designed flexible draw stiffener, front
・ STI-designed support front kit
・ STI-designed flexible support subframe, rear
・ STI-designed pillow ball bush rear suspension link (front and rear lateral links inside)
・ STI-designed Brembo front monoblock opposed-piston 6-pot brake calipers (silver
 coated with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch 2-piece drilled disk rotors
・ STI-designed Brembo rear monoblock opposed-piston 4-pot brake calipers (silver coated
 with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch drilled disk rotors
・ Exclusive high-output balanced engine
・ Exclusive engine control unit (ECU)
・ Exclusive twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger
・ Exclusive performance muffler with lowered back pressure (featuring STI logo) teamed
 with exclusive rear exhaust pipe
・ STI-designed strengthened silicon intake duct
・ Exclusive quick-ratio steering gearbox (11:1)
・ Exclusive Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system
・ Exclusive Active Torque Vectoring system
・ STI-designed low-pressure-drop air cleaner element
・ STI Performance Oil (Motul 5W-40)
■Controls / Instrument Panel / Warning Lights
・ Exclusive luminescent instruments (with multi-information display and STI logo)
・ Exclusive multifunctional display
・ Central instrument panel visor (covered in silver-stitched leather-finish material)
・ Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (highly tactile leather, chrome bezel, metallic
 finisher, silver stitching)
・ STI-designed push-type engine switch (red with STI logo)
・ STI-designed leather-wrapped shift knob (with STI logo)

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・ 8 speakers (4 front, 2 rear, 2 in instrument panel)
・ Black roof antenna (shark fin type)
・ Exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats (leather [black semi-aniline finish on inside of
 main and side panels, silver stitching and accents] embossed with STI logo and equipped
 with seat heating and supplemental restraint system side airbags)
・ Rear seats : black leather with silver stitching and accents
・ Exclusive instrument panel (red with S207 logo)
・ Silver stitching on door trims
・ Exclusive side sill plates (silver with S207 logo)
・ Exclusive serial-number plate (console)
・ Exclusive mesh-type front grille (cherry-red stripe with S207 ornament)
・ Exclusive large front under-spoiler
・ Black side garnish with STI emblem
・ Exclusive metallic side sill moldings
・ Exclusive rear bumper (cherry-red stripe with air outlet grille)
・ S207 rear ornament
■NBR Challenge Package: Exclusive Equipment
・ Exclusive Ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel (with silver center marking)
・ Exclusive red seatbelts
・ Exclusive emblem (rear)
・ STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (black)
・ Exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler (with S207 logo)
■NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition: Exclusive Equipment
・ Black door mirrors
・ Exclusive yellow side sill plates with S207 logo
・ Exclusive black side sill moldings

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