Japanese customers can get the new Subaru WRX S4 tS image

If it weren’t exclusive to the land of the Rising Sun we could have called this a Nurburgring weapon, but then again – the owners could go drifting in the mountains with it at home.

Subaru’s high-performance STI division is again at work making us all jealous that we don’t live in Japan. The new WRX S4 tS is the ultimate version of the model and unfortunately it’s exclusive to Japan. This special edition model comes with a wide array of mechanical improvements and the owners looking for visual panache can also order the optional NBR Challenge Package that is actually honoring the WRX’s class victory in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race. The tS gets numerous suspension and chassis upgrades from last year’s S207 limited version but without the full implementation of the hot model’s engine upgrades.

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The tS will only sound better thanks to the modified air intake and new exhaust. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder packs 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet of torque (400 Newton-meters). STI’s new limited vehicle packs just the CVT, and a transmission cooler improves its performance. The upgrades also include a flexible strut tower bar and improved front suspension with adjustable damping, but there are also new suspension links at the rear and a flexible subframe support. Up front Brembo four-piston brakes have been fitted, too.

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Design details include Cherry Red pinstripes around the mesh grille and rear bumper, a set of 19-inch wheels, matching interior trim and Recaro seats. Go for the NBR Challenge Package and the customer gets a set of black 19-inch wheels, a carbon fiber spoiler and a special trunk emblem. Pricing kicks off at 4.968 million yen ($48,500), with the NBR Challenge Package surging to 5.292 million yen ($51,700).