Limited-run Subaru WRX STI Type RA-R debuts with 329 hp

Unfortunately, only 500 units will be made and all will remain in Japan

Subaru has released yet another limited edition WRX STI exclusive to its home market.

It’s called the WRX STI Type RA-R and it picks up where the Type RA left off in terms of performance and styling. It’s also based on the WRX STI, and it has been released to mark Subaru Tecnica International’s 30th anniversary.

The Type RA-R saves 30 kg (66 lb) of weight compared to the S208 and S207 models, and that’s because it uses many lightweight parts and even ditches the stock WRX STI’s spare tire for a flat repair kit. The result is a dry weight of 1,480 kg (3,263 lb).

The weight diet is accompanied by a more powerful engine, the EJ20 Balanced Boxer unit that delivers 329 metric horsepower (325 bhp) — 19 hp more than the standard WRX STI. That makes the Type RA-R the most powerful factory-spec WRX STI on sale anywhere in the world.

The model also features a performance exhaust system with lowered back pressure that is partly responsible for the higher engine output and more direct acceleration response.

The WRX STI Type RA-R comes with unique dampers and coil springs too (exclusively designed for it), as well as Brembo 18-inch brakes with high-performance brake pads, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that feature different compounds between the outer and inner parts of the tread.

As for the styling, the WRX STI Type RA-R features subtle updates including a mesh-type front grille with cherry-red stripe, black side garnish with STI emblem, carbon fiber mirror caps, cherry-red stripe on the rear bumper, RA-R rear badge, and STI 30th Anniversary rear ornament.

Inside, Subaru has given the Type RA-R front sport seats with fabric upholstery and red stitching, high gloss black instrument panel trim with RA-R logo, and leather covered door cards and center console lid.

Subaru will be taking only 500 orders for the Type RA-R until December 17, 2018. Each car will be priced at 4,628,000 yen (before tax) — the equivalent of $41,600 at the current exchange rates.

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