As your local Subaru car dealers, Perth drivers can rely on Perth City Subaru to provide all the up to date information on car releases. This is important even if the car may not ever make to our shores for a local release here. Even exclusive limited edition Japanese only releases can make their way to Australia or appear in a slightly modified format. Some of the technology included on these cars may even appear as standard features on future releases. As such, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on Subaru developments that may affect future releases here. Today we will be taking a look at the new Subaru WRX STI RA-R and what it has to offer the dedicated petrol head.
The WRX STI RA-R Basics
This is a limited edition version of the WRX STI sports sedan with significant power bump and a reduction in weight. The Subaru WRX STI RA-R has been unveiled as a Japanese market release with some exciting equipment that we have not seen on the standard WRX STI model. Essentially, this is a Japanese version of the WRX STI Type RA that was released in the US to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first STI release.
The WRX STI RA-R has been on a crash diet with a 10kg weight drop compare to the WRX STI standard car. The engine has been tuned from the Subaru S208 to get the best from the 2.0 litre turbocharged “boxer” power plant. This engine will now generate 242 kW of power and 432 Nm of torque. To put this is some perspective, the standard WRX STI that is sold here in Australia has the earlier 2.5 litre turbocharged “boxer” engine that generates 221 kW of power and 407 Nm of torque. As you can see, the WRX STI RA-R packs in more performance from a smaller engine in a lighter car. There are no exact figures on performance, but it should come as no surprise that Subaru describes the Type RA-R as having enhanced speed and enjoyment.
More Feature Details
The WRX STI RA-R has plenty of other features and equipment that are worth getting excited about, such as: Brembo brakes, specialised dampers and coil springs, a performance exhaust system, a fixed rear wing, carbon fibre side mirror covers, cherry red exterior accents, matte black BBS 18” alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. In the cabin, there are some very nice touches, such as sports seats with cloth trim and red stitching, a centre armrest with matching red stitching and leather look door inserts. To cut down on weight further, there is no spare wheel, and instead, there is a tyre repair kit.
The Subaru WRX STI RA-R is an exclusive Japanese market only release that is strictly limited to 500 units. There are no current plans to extend the release to other countries, and we will have to see if a similar release will be available here in the future.
If you’re looking for reputable Perth car dealers that specialise in Subaru vehicles, get in touch with us here at Perth City Subaru. We have a massive selection of new, demo and pre-owned cars available for sale, including the WRX STI. As your local Subaru dealers, Perth based drivers are invited to join us for a no obligation test drive. Our sales team members are ready and standing by to advise you on our latest deals, and they would be happy to answer any further questions that you may have.