CARS.COM — Subaru is no stranger to special-edition models, with limited versions of its BRZ and WRX debuting each year. The automaker has announced pricing for a pair of new special-edition models: The 2018 WRX STI Type RA starts at $49,855, and the 2018 BRZ tS at $34,355; all prices include a destination charge.
Subaru says it’s upped the WRX’s performance factor through weight reduction as well as suspension and engine tweaks. Standards on the WRX STI Type RA include a Bilstein STI sport-tuned suspension, carbon-fiber roof panel and carbon-fiber pedestal wing, as well as lightweight, 19-inch forged alloy wheels; the spare tire has also been removed.
The model also receives powertrain upgrades. Power comes from the regular version’s turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, but horsepower increases to 310 thanks to a new cold-air intake and high-flow performance exhaust. The six-speed manual transmission also uses a revised 3rd gear ratio and a short-throw shifter.
The WRX STI Type RA will be available in WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Crystal White Pearl paint colors. Model-exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accents around the grille and bumper cover, plus 19-inch forged alloy wheels in gold finish, distinguish it in the lineup, as do exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, a roof-mounted shark-fin antenna and STI fender badges in a black finish.