the Subaru WRX STI tS TYPE RA may sounds like a mouthful, but be assured that it is for good reasons. limited to just 300 examples, the Subaru WRX STI tS TYPE RA will only be offered in sedan form. as keen automotive market watchers may have noted, this unusually long name performance sedan coming out of Fuji Heavy Industries could very well be the last of the third-gen rex before the replacement comes along. however, do not expect any up in the power department, cos’ this ride still maintain the same Japanese spec-ed 305 hp 2.0 Turbo Four, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that sends those lusty power to all four wheels. for this special edition, a very un-Subaru Tangerine Orange Pearl finish with contrasting black side mirror housing and front lip spoiler is being offered, along with other ‘standard’ colors (including white and the signature Subaru blue for the traditionalists).
goodies expected include a new steering ratio of 11:1, ball bearing twin scroll turbo, Brembo monoblock brake calipers (six-pot front, two-pot rear) in striking gold finish with STI branding, grooved brake disc rotors all round, aluminum bonnet, STI 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 245/40 R18 Bridgestone Potenza rubbers, plus STI and STI tuned suspension setup. if that isn’t enough, 200 of these exclusive rides can be ordered with the NBR Challenge Package that up the ante with carbon fiber rear wing, BBS forged aluminum 18-inch rolling stocks and Recaro Alcantara-lined bucket seats. as you would have expected, the tS (with a prominent red ‘S’) ornament can be found in and around the car just so that every knows that this ain’t your regular STI scooby.
unfortunately, the Subaru WRX STI tS TYPE RA appears to be a Japan-exclusive performance ride, but for countries like Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, that won’t be much of a hurdle as the import scenes are pretty wild, which means as long as you are willing to shell out premium for one, you probably would be able to lay your hands on one. as for the rest, we will have to settle for some still images, which you can find in the gallery after the break, as a consolation. enjoy!