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by Matt Brogan

Subaru Tecnica International (STI) has today launched a special performance edition of its Impreza WRX STI dubbed “R205” for sale in Japan only.

Based on the Impreza WRX STI, the R205, “R” standing for Road Sport, enhances the already impressing performance of the STI with new and exclusive equipment specially designed for the WRX STI spec C, the sporty performance model launched in 2009.

Most of the car’s modifications are focused on refining handling performance by adopting STI tuned dampers, coil springs, flexible type strut tower bar, flexible type lower arm stiffener of front suspension, and Bridgestone’s specially designed RE070 tyres. STI claim the R205 to be “ideally balanced” with “agile and confident driveability”.

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STI carried out verification tests of selected performance parts of the R205 through the participation of the 2009 Nurburgring 24-hour race with an Impreza WRX STI. Making full use of this precious race-track experience at Nurburgring STI successfully completed the model in order to offer sheer excitement and unique driving feeling as a distinctive “Road Sport” model.

The R205 delivers 235kW of power and 431Nm of torque by adopting the exclusively designed turbocharger with ball bearings for the turbine axle bearing, specially tuned ECU (Engine Control Unit), and the sport muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust. SI-Drive (Subaru Intelligent Drive) is also available to neatly suit driving style in any driving situation at driver’s command.

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The front under spoiler, newly developed rear under spoiler, and the black rear spoiler improve aerodynamics. Exclusively designed 18-inch alloy wheels, specially colored front grille and side STI garnish accentuate its uniqueness.

A limited run of just 400 units will be sold in Japan only.




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