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Fettled Subaru WRX STI and BRZ unveiled, will remain Stateside

09.06.2017

Subaru has taken the covers off two special edition versions based on the recently revised WRX STI and BRZ, bound for the North American market only.

WRX STI Type RA

Limited to just 500 units, the Type RA, its name standing for Record Attempt in reference to the FIA World Speed Endurance record established by the Legacy in 1989, is all about lightness and performance with added exterior differences coming in the form of a carbon fibre roof, carbon fibre boot spoiler and lightweight 19-inch forged BBS alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan rubber,

As well as making do without a spare wheel, changes underneath the skin consist of Bilstein dampers, cross-drilled Brembo brakes, a new exhaust system, new cold air intake, retuned ECU and stronger pistons which helps raise power of the 2.5-litre turbocharged flat-four by four kilowatts to 231 kW. A short-throw six-speed manual is the sole transmission offered.

Interior changes are more minor with red stitched Recaro sport seats, suede trimmed steering wheel and number plaque on the centre facia.

BRZ tS

Worked over by STI but with power from the normally aspirated 2.0-litre flat-four remaining unchanged at 147 kW, the BRZ tS mainly benefits from exterior and interior revisions with the former made of lightweight black 18-inch STI wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber, active carbon fibre front splitter, adjustable carbon fibre rear wing, tweaked rear bumper, black mirrors and carbon fibre diffuser.

Interior changes are also less prominent with red seatbelts, leather and Alcantara upholstery and contrasting red stretching, while Sachs dampers and springs, upgraded sub-frame and chassis, V-brace in the engine compartment and red Brembo brake calipers complete the changes underneath.

Like the Type RA, the tS will be limited to 500 units only with pricing for both still to be announced.

Article written by Autodealer
09.06.2017
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