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.
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.