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3 Key Features of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

The Subaru WRX STI is getting an upgrade. Recently, the giant Japanese automaker announced the souped up version of the car in the form of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

According to a report, the Subaru WRX STI Type RA is a limited special edition model. The name “RA” means “Record Attempt”. The car features a lot of upgrades that you can find below:

1. Engine

The Type RA version of the WRX STI is packed with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the standard model of the auto. The power of the unit was given a boost but it was only up to 5 hp. So from the 305 hp of the standard WRX STI, the Type RA only got 310 hp. A new cold air intake, exhaust system, modified pistons and reconfigured ECU contributed to the increase.

2. Design

The styling of the WRX STI Type RA was enhanced a bit, thanks to its new badges, red accents surrounding the front grille, mirror caps, front spoiler, antenna, hood and rear wing. Parts like the roof and rear wing made use of carbon fiber materials to significantly reduce weight.

Inside, the special edition WRX STI received Recaro seats and plaque indicating the car’s number within the 500 samples ever produced.

3. Performance

In addition to the reduced weight, the maneuverability and handling of the WRX STI Type RA was improved due to its new 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels in 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires, Brembo brakes with silver calipers, cross-drilled rotors, uprated suspension with Bilstein dampers and STI-adjusted Vehicle Dynamics Control System.

Lastly, the power distribution of the auto has been modified with its reconfigured six-speed manual gearbox matched with a short throw shifter.

Photos

Check out the some of the photos of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA in the gallery below:

3 Quick Facts About The Upgraded 2018 Subaru WRX And WRX STI

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Subaru just updated these two all-wheel drive performance cars for the 2018 model year. The changes can be seen on the stylistic design, equipment, and mechanical. These latest upgrades should remain until 2020, so it’s only right for Subaru to pack its WRX and WRX STI with the best it has to offer.

1. Exterior And Handling

Both the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI have a new front end with modified upper grille and a larger but lower grille opening based on a source. These allow both cars to have an aggressive and sporty look. For improved riding experience and driving comfort, Subaru made changes on the suspension of both models.

The WRX, in particular, has a redesigned syncros and a reworked clutch. It’s electric power steering, which brings power the six-speed manual transmission, has been retuned.

2. Subaru WRX

Exclusive to the WRX is the new Performance package that includes the Recaro eight-way power seats, new 18-inch wheels, upgraded brake pads, and red-painted brake calipers.

3. Subaru WRX STI

On the WRX STI, you’ll be impressed with the fully electronic control for the Driver Controlled Center Differential all-wheel-drive system. Then, there’s also the 19-inch wheels that’s standard to the WRX STI.

In terms of the braking system, the WRX STI will come packed with yellow Brembo brake calipers that features six-piston front and two-piston rear calipers, new brake pad material matched to cross-drilled rotors.

Both models will get a redesigned roof-rack mounts, a faster trunk release, a rear armrest with cup holders, new interior materials, new door grab handles, and a bigger colored infotainment display that sits above the dashboard.

The cars will arrive with the WRX Limited’s EyeSight safety system too. But for these models, Subaru will include the EyeSight Assist Monitor, which can display the system’s status on the windshield through LED lights.

Photos

Below are the photos of the 2018 Subaru WRX And WRX STI :

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