Good news for those living in Japan. If you managed let either of the last two special-edition Subaru Impreza WRX STI models slip through your fingers, there’s another version headed your way: the Impreza R205.
Although the “R” in “R205” reportedly stands for “Road Sport,” it may as well stand for “racetrack.” R205 models receive several suspension upgrades, all of which were tested by STI engineers during the 2009 Nurburgring 24-hour race. R205 models receive inverted strut and coil springs for the front suspension, along with revised dampers and coil springs out back. The front suspension also receives a strut tower bar, a lower arm brace, and a stabilizer bar.
This isn’t, however, simply a handling package. Through a new engine computer, a revised twin-scroll turbocharger, and unique intake and exhaust systems, the turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four pumps out 320 lb-ft of torque, and 318 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm -- a substantial boost over the stock STI, which is rated at 305 hp and 290 lb-ft in North America. Unlike the Japanese Carbon edition (which came only with an automatic), the R205 is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Cosmetic upgrades include a special grille insert, a STI-designed lower bumper and side sills, and a unique rear spoiler and diffuser. The R205 also wears bespoke 18-inch aluminum wheels, wrapped with Bridgestone Potenza RE070 rubber. Brembo supplies a heavy-duty brake system, complete with six-piston calipers up front and slotted rotors all around.
Subaru plans on selling only 400 examples of the Impreza R205, and each is expected to cost roughly $48,000.