Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Let me assure you that no one, absolutely no one, buys a Subaru Impreza WRX STI and keeps it stock. Instead of buying a Porsche or Ferrari, gearheads get a thrill out of tuning these rally-bred machines to reach supercar speeds. That's why Subaru's performance arm, Subaru Technical International (STI), created a special performance edition of the Impreza so that bolt-on bonkers will have their work cut out. Enter, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206.
The S206 is not a mere full-option upgrade with parts from the catalogue, but is also stuffed with exclusive parts inside and out. It's fitted with Bilstein shock absorbers, STI coil springs, a flexible front tower bar, and a flexible front draw stiffener to name a few. In the looks department, there's a specially-designed front spoiler, fender grill outlet, and trunk spoiler that are only available with the S206. Even the 19-inch BBS aluminum wheels are made just for this model. Along with a new turbocharger, larger intercooler, remapped ECU, and a sports muffler, the Japan-spec 2.0-liter boxer engine achieves 315 horsepower - 11 more than standard.