Subaru will show the Impreza S206 at the Tokyo Motor Show...but you can't have one. Unless you're reading from Japan, that is.
Subaru UK has decided not to import this, the "crown of its STI tune cars," preferring to leave each of the 300 scheduled for production to the JDM (Japanese domestic market).
That won't stop some of the most
The S206 is so impressive because of the scope of the work that's gone into it, which should make it a more balanced, well-rounded Impreza than the HUGE TURBO TEARS OFF YOUR FACE Cosworth Impreza.
The engine is hand modified by STI technicians, with a modified turbo, a remapped engine control unit (ECU) and a free flowing exhaust. Together they equate to a 20bhp and 18lb ft hike, taking power to 316bhp. There's no 0-62mph time quoted yet, but it'll be below five seconds, that we (almost) guarantee.
Handling is improved by way of new Bilstein front shock absorbers and a set of STI springs all round. The anti-roll bar is stiffened, and the BBS 19-inch lightweight alloys are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
That's the white car you see in the main picture at the top, built to celebrate Subaru's class victory in the Nurburgring 24hr race. Thankfully the NBR has a spoiler – a fixed carbon fibre one, no less.
Both versions get Recaro buckets and, we're certain, interior plastics fit for a Burger King.
Subaru says that the S206 offers better cornering stability than other Imprezas, the result of the suspension work and improved aerodynamics brought about by the body kit.
It's on sale in Japan already, and of the 300 run, all 100 assigned as NBR editions have already been sold.