Subaru recently unveiled the new WRX STI Type RA and the BRZ tS. Both vehicles will make their way to the U.S. in 2018. Basically, these are two restyled and pumped-up versions of the already wonderful performance rides that we know and love.


The WRX STI Type RA – the RA stands for Record Attempt after the 1989 FIA World Land Endurance Record set by a Subaru Legacy – features a number of upgrades, including 19-inch forged BBS wheels, a carbon fiber roof panel and wing, Bilstein struts and dampers, six-piston front brakes, and a number of exterior accents.

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Under the hood, the model features a cold-air intake and pipes that allow the car to breathe more freely. Those upgrades are good for a 5 hp bump in power over the regular STI, placing the STI Type RA at 310 hp. That’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter and a revised third-gear ratio. That gear revision improves acceleration.


The BRZ tS isn’t the turbocharged sports coupe you’ve been praying for, but it’s the next best thing. The tS in the name stands for tuned by STI, apparently. The changes to the model are all about areo and the chassis. The vehicle has Sachs springs and dampers both up front and in the rear. It has flexible V engine braces and stiffeners between the chassis and subframe. It rides on 18-inch wheels and Brembo brakes. All of this makes for a better handling BRZ. The outside of the car features a manually adjustable rear spoiler and underspoilers added to all sides of the vehicle.


The cars share some key styling elements, including subtle cherry blossom red accent paint in certain areas. Both cars also come in Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, and Crystal White. Pricing for these models has not yet been announced and will likely come later this year. 

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