Limited-edition Subaru WRX STI TYPE RA-R revealed for the Japanese market

Celebrating thirty years of STI, Subaru has released the special-edition WRX STI TYPE RA-R.

Honouring thirty years of its STI performance arm on road, rally stages and track, Subaru has revealed the WRX STI TYPE RA-R, a limited-edition JDM (Japanese domestic market) exclusive. 500 will be built, each equipped with a host of engine and chassis upgrades plus extensive weight-saving measures.

Built to the same specification as the WRX STI S208’s turbocharged 2-litre flat-four, the RA-R’s engine benefits from a remapped ECU, a performance exhaust system and revised cooling. As a result, power and torque stand at 324bhp and 319lb ft; some 28bhp and 24lb more than the standard (JDM) WRX STI. While Subaru hasn’t disclosed any benchmark performance figures, we expect the dash to 62mph to take about 5 seconds and the top speed to be around 160mph.

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A weight-reduction programme has saved 30kg over the S208, and 10kg over the standard car, with lightweight parts and the removal of the spare tyre contributing. Subaru has optimised the RA-R with a bespoke chassis set-up to the get the most out of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, which wrap around forged BBS wheels, and the quicker steering rack borrowed from the S208.

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The Brembo braking system comprises drilled and ventilated discs, all round, which are clamped by six-pot calipers upfront and two-pot calipers at the rear. Discreet, visual distinction from the standard STI comes courtesy of a spoiler delete, carbonfibre wing mirrors, a red pinstripe and a badge celebrating the STI’s 30th anniversary.

Priced at the equivalent of £34,200 (including taxes), all five-hundred units have already been spoken for.

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