2018 Subaru WRX STI S208 Limited Edition & Subaru BRZ STI Sport – Video
Unlike the U.S.-spec WRX STI, which uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer engine, the WRX STI S208 has a tuned turbocharged 2.0-liter version. Thanks to a new ECU, it makes 324 horsepower and 319 lb-ft of torque compared to our STI’s 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. Additional upgrades include a performance muffler that decreases back pressure, a toggle switch that sprays water into the intercooler, and a low-pressure-drop air cleaner. In the name of weight savings and a lower center of gravity, the S208 features a carbon-fiber roof panel, an element that will be available in the United States on the upcoming WRX STI Type RA. The S208 also adds a mesh grille, a front underspoiler, a side bumper bezel, satin-finished door mirrors, and a rear bumper with air vents.
The Subaru BRZ STI Sport gets no extra power over regular BRZs. No turbocharger, nothing. What it does get is, essentially, the contents of the U.S.-market BRZ’s Performance package. Sachs dampers, Brembo brakes, and special 18-inch wheels are included (the U.S. package has 17-inchers), plus a tiny STI badge in the grille that we don’t get here in the U.S. Ditto the Bordeaux Red interior color scheme, which wraps the seat bolsters in red leather and their centers in contrasting black faux suede. Stepping up to the STI Sport Cool Grey Khaki Edition simply vaults you into a class of 100—only that many will be built—and nets you the sweet paint.