Subaru has announced two new performance models – the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA and 2018 Subaru BRZ tS.
Both are performance-focused derivatives engineered by Subaru Tecnica International, Inc. specifically for driving enthusiasts.
WRX STI Type RA:
The RA designation stands for “Record Attempt” and has been applied to various Subaru performance models.
The original venture took place in 1989 when a competition version Subaru Legacy broke the FIA World Speed Endurance Record by clocking over 62,000 miles in 18 days and set a top speed record of 138 mph. Furthering this spirit of endeavor, a special race model WRX STI Type RA NBR Special will attempt a Nurburgring speed record this summer.
The new, numbered limited edition model comes standard with a carbon fibre roof panel, the removal of the spare tire, a carbon fibre pedestal wing and lightweight BBS 19-in. forged alloy wheels shod with 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires.
Powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged BOXER engine, the limited edition WRX STI Type RA increases horsepower to an estimated 310 hp with the help of a STI-specified new cold air intake and high flow performance exhaust.
Handling has been upgraded with inverted front struts and rear double wishbone suspension all with Bilstein® dampers. A modified multi-mode VDC gives the car better stability control to keep it on its intended path.
The 2018 BRZ tS (tuned by STI) delivers the highest level of “fun to drive” and “pure handling delight” through greater flexibility, better control and stability.
BRZ is renowned for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, and the new BRZ tS adds STI-tuned front and rear SACHS dampers and coil springs as well as flexible V-braces in the engine compartment.
The BRZ tS is also equipped with 18-in. lightweight STI wheels (the first time that a BRZ has been offered with 18-inch wheels) mounted with 215/40 R 18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires for superior grip and quicker turn-in. Brembo brakes at all four corners round-out the package. The exterior also adds a more aggressive look with an exclusive STI rear carbon fibre spoiler.
The spoiler is manually adjustable to fine-tune rear downforce.
The exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna, BRZ and SUBARU badging all have a black finish. Also, the fog lights have been removed and replaced with STI fog light covers.