INTRODUCING THE 2018 Subaru WRX STI TYPE RA
High performance has been elevated.
The limited edition 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is tuned in the motorsports spirit of the Subaru 2017 Nürburgring record attempt, the fastest lap ever for a four-door sedan. Expert tuning from STI engineers delivers lighter weight, revised gearing, and increased horsepower for a new benchmark in handling performance.
LIMITED TO 500 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED VEHICLES.
The WRX STI Type RA has the same 2.5-liter boxer engine that’s featured in the standard STI but gets a unique intake, high-flow exhaust, retuned ECU and stronger pistons for a modest power increase to 310 horsepower (the regular STI rates at 305 HP) and 290 lb-ft of torque. But the RA has a few more tricks to make it feel faster than the regular car: The package also comes with weight reductions including a carbon fiber roof and spare tire delete along with a more acceleration-biased third gear and a short-throw shifter.
Bilstein STI Sport Suspension unique to the RA keeps the car flat and planted in corners, and a retuned electronic stability control system is supposedly optimized for more aggressive driving. Other parts unique to the RA include a beautiful set of 19-inch BBS wheels, red accent trim on the exterior, vents behind the rear wheels and a picnic bench-sized carbon fiber wing.
Like all STIs, the RA’s all-wheel drive system is controlled electronically with a nominal 41:59 power split. A series of sensors reading steering angle, throttle position, RPM, lateral G, yaw, brake, ABS and wheel speed optimize which wheels should get the most power, but a driver can override the car’s decision making there with a control next to the manual handbrake. In very slippery conditions, you can lock the power split 50:50 if you so desire.
The traction control system itself has three settings: Normal, which just tries to keep you from crashing at all costs, Traction, which pulls the computerized torque-limiting function to let you step the car out a little, and full-off for when you really want to get yourself into trouble.
The Type RA makes an ominous wa-wa-wa-wa-wa while the car idles. High in the mountains of Angeles Crest National Forest, it drowns out the errant bird noises and your heavy breathing. Much of the famous State Route 2 is over a mile above sea level, after all.
Roll into the throttle up there and you’d know you’re up high, too. Initial acceleration is lousy with turbo lag: 2,000 rpm, nothing. 3,000 rpm... nothing.
But you damn well better be hanging on when the tachometer needle passes 3,500, because that’s right about where the Type RA reaches its boost threshold and explodes into action like a superhero coming off the couch to save New York.
With a resoundingly satisfying whoosh the car is suddenly sprinting, forcing your right hand to race to second, third and fourth. Gear shifts come easily though. And rev-matching your way back down feels natural in no time, too.
Everything about taking turns in this car is pure, unadulterated joy. The Ultrasuede wrap on the compact flat-bottomed steering wheel is comfortable even as your paws get sweaty, and the responsiveness of this vehicle as you link corners together is just astounding. Steering is heavy, direct and purposeful.
The Type RA is fierce and forgiving at the same time, offering loads of grip that feels fun even before you approach dangerous speeds—the true mark of an entertaining driver’s car.
At my safe but spirited pace with traction control on duty, there was no trace of understeer to be found as I whipped the Subaru from one turn to the next for hours and hours.
The WRX STI Type RA is a future classic for sure, and well deserving of a serial number.
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|VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||JF1VA3Z64J9832245||Mileage:||9|
|Number of Cylinders:||4||Make:||Subaru|
|Body Type:||Sedan||Trim:||STI Type RA|
|Warranty:||Vehicle has an existing warranty||Engine:||2.5L H-4CYL Turbo|
|Vehicle Title:||Clear||Drive Type:||AWD|
|Safety Features:||Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbags||Power Options:||Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats|
|Exterior Color:||Blue||For Sale By:||Dealer|