Impreza Second Gen WRX JDM special models

Second Generation Impreza WRX JDM special variants:

The new S204 was released at the end of 2005. It is based on the WRX STi and similar to the S203. It does away with the roof spoiler and has a different grille from the rest of the Impreza line. The S204 has a two-litre (EJ20) H4 engine capable of developing 235 kW (320 PS; 315 bhp) and a six-speed manual gearbox. When cruising the S204 achieves 100 km/h (62 mph) at 3000 rpm in top gear and can reach 220 km/h (137 mph) at 6000 rpm.

Suspension can be described as ‘stiff’ with torsional rigidity enhanced by the inclusion of laterally mounted items described as “performance dampers” bearing both the STi logo and Yamaha. As a result cornering can be described as excellent. The addition of a carbon fiber front-lip spoiler and a rear diffuser on an already low suspension setup plus the use of low-profile Pirelli P Zero (Corsa) tires implies the S204 is intended mostly for sealed road use.

Recaro has used carbon-fiber extensively in the manufacture of the driver and front passenger seats available in the S204. The high side bolsters provide significant support to the driver during maneuvers that induce lateral forces and are considered to be an integral feature to the cornering performance of this vehicle. The seats are rigid in design and have relatively little cushioning compared to other Impreza Models.

Internal rear view of Recaro Seats in the Subaru S204. Note: Use of carbon fiber in construction.
Internal front view of Recaro Seats in the Subaru S204. Note: High side bolsters for lateral force support.

Advertising material produced by Subaru for the S204 indicate that a limited run of 600 S204’s were made. Individually numbered badges for each car are located within the engine bay and repeated as a small plaque situated at the base of the gear lever. However, five (5) WRX STI S204 were made available to Subaru enthusiasts in New Zealand. Unlike other S204s sent to other nations (for example Singapore) these five cars do not display either the in-cabin or in-engine bay badging that uniquely identifies each of the reported 600 vehicles manufactured. The lack of individual badging for these five cars brings into question the real number of S204s manufactured.