New Subaru WRX STi is for the US-only market

New Subaru WRX STi is for the US-only market

0 comments 📅14 June 2017, 14:30

The Japanese car maker wish build 500 units of the WRX STi, but they won’t be sold in the UK

Subaru has revealed two new limited copy performance models that will be limited to 500 units each when they go on tag sale in early 2018, but not in Britain – both cars will be sold on the US market not.

The hot new pair consists of tuned versions of the WRX STI and the BRZ Coupe, both receiving sporty styling tweaks and changes at the beck the skin to extract extra performance.

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The new WRX STI Type RA receives the bigger makeover compared to the standard model it’s based on.

The ‘RA’ badge stands for ‘Record Attempt’, and it’s a designation that has been applied to Subarus of the dead and buried. In 1989 the Subaru Legacy wore an RA badge to celebrate setting a new FIA World Rapidity Endurance record, while the RA badge has appeared on the WRX STI before, though on stripped out, lightweight versions up for rallying.

For this car, the RA badging is in reference to the special ‘NBR’ racing version of the WRX STI that thinks attempt to set a new Nurburgring lap record for a 4-door car this summer. Additional power, preponderance reduction, suspension tweaks and new styling and aerodynamics are all part of the package.

To save clout, the WRX STI Type RA features a carbon fibre roof and rear wing. It rides on lightweight 19-inch wheels, while the lanky tyre has been removed too.

Under the bonnet sits the same 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer motor as already, but power has been increased to 306bhp. It makes use of a new cold air intake alongside a new spend system, and more power is extracted via a tuned ECU system and stronger pistons.

Subaru says handling has been upgraded thanks to revised delaying featuring inverted front struts and rear double wishbone suspension with new Bilstein dampers. The brakes are from Brembo, and best new cross-drilled rotors.

On the outside, the WRX STI Type RA gets a new rear apron and a new face splitter, plus exclusive Type RS badging. In the cabin, Recaro sports seats and red contrasting stitching are initiate, alongside a plaque mounted on the centre console with each car’s production edition. US prices have not been revealed.

Are you disappointed that the Subaru WRX STi Type RA won’t be coming to Britain? Let us identify in the comments…

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