Five of the most powerful Subaru Impreza WRX STis yet produced have arrived in New Zealand.
The S204 is a limited edition model of which only 600 have been manufactured for the Japanese market. Subaru of New Zealand has secured five for local Subaru enthusiasts.
The high performance version of the already shatteringly fast standard WRX STi has an extra 29kW to take its maximum power to 235kW at 6400rpm, a 14 percent increase.
Peak torque has risen to 433Nm at 4400rpm, a 10.5 percent increase over the 392Nm the standard WRX STi produces.
Available with a six=speed gearbox and adjustable centre differential for the All-wheel Drive transmission, the S204 is available in silver, black or blue and will sell for $74,990.
There are numerous specification differences between the S204 and the standard Impreza WRX STi.
Externally there is a unique carbonfibre front splitter and boot mounted rear wing to complement the side sills. There is also a rear screen wiper on this four door sedan.
The S204 sits on 18-inch BBS alloy wheels shod with 235/40 ZR18 Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
The wheels are filled with four piston calliper Brembo ventilated disc brakes. S204 badging on the front and rear immediately identifies the limited edition cars from the standard WRX STi.
The suspension has been lowered by 20 mm and has stiffer springs than the normal STi. It includes an engine bay-mounted front turret strut brace. Inside the boot is an STi rear performance damper between the rear suspension strut towers. Alloy componentry is used extensively in the suspension to reduce the car's unsprung weight.
Many of the parts are coloured in STI's distinctive pink to highlight the car's unique character.
Under the bonnet, there is an intercooler water spray system which can be manually operated from within the cabin. The extra performance is liberated from the quad cam, turbocharged motor by changes to the engine management system and the inlet and exhaust manifolds.
Inside the cabin carbon fibre high backed Recaro sport's seats are upholstered with a combination of suede and leather. The footrest and pedals are alloy, and the steering wheel, gear lever and hand brake are leather covered.
The instrumentation has electro luminescent lighting. Creature comforts include climate control air conditioning, a six stack CD player, electric windows and mirrors.
For security there is remote control central locking with an engine immobiliser and alarm system and Subaru's Data Dot marking system of components