Subaru BRZ TS, WRX STI Type RA Revealed
Subaru BRZ TS, WRX STI Type RA Revealed

Subaru BRZ TS, WRX STI Type RA Revealed


Subaru has revealed a pair of 'track-ready' special editions, with the BRZ tS and WRX STI Type RA limited to just 500 examples each for the United States market only.

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The BRZ tS is the latest track-focused version of the Japanese company’s two-door coupe, engineered by the STI team, with the sportscar gaining a raft of aerodynamic, handling and chassis improvements.

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These include Sachs dampers and coil springs tuned to optimise the BRZ’s low centre of gravity, as well as grippy 215/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres wrapped around black-coloured lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels.

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The new BRZ special is all about handling and stopping and there are no changes to engine specs or driveline.

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Lurking behind the rims are bright-red Brembo brakes, four-piston up front and two-pot at the rear.

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To help increase responsiveness while offering superior chassis performance, the rear-wheel drive tS features flexible V-braces in the engine bay and draw stiffeners for the subframe.

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The new BRZ special is all about handling and stopping and there are no changes to engine specs or driveline – meaning the 152kW/212Nm 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder petrol engine carries over paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.

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Exterior changes are cosmetic and see the foglights removed and replaced with STI covers in a red-accented front bumper with mesh inserts, as well as the addition of side skirts and a rear bumper with red highlights.

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The WRX STI Type RA workover goes a little deeper on the mechanical front.

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Interior upgrades extend to red seatbelts and door grips, STI-branded speedometer and a red-stitched steering wheel with the front seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara.

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The WRX STI Type RA workover goes a little deeper on the mechanical front with a revised engine control unit tune, reinforced pistons, cold air intake, air cleaner and a high-flow exhaust with rear tailpipes.

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Those modifications extract an extra 10kW from the 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder boxer that now cranks out 231 kW, while torque on the US-spec engine remains at 393Nm. A six-speed gearbox with a revised third ratio sends power through Subaru's traditional all-wheel drive system.

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Silver Brembo callipers over cross-drilled discs are on each corner, six piston up the front and two at the rear.

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Gold-coloured lightweight 19-inch BBS wheels wearing 245/35 Yokohama Advan Sports rubber conceal new Bilstein dampers and coil springs.

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The stability control system has been recalibrated so it can manage these changes.

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A revised front grille with red highlights and carbon-fibre roof panel, as well as a red-accented rear bumper and air outlet grille cover off the external differences on the Type RA.

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The special editions come in only three colours: 'Crystal Black Silica', 'WR Blue Pearl' or 'Crystal White Pearl'.

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Inside there are STI-branded Recaro front bucket seats, a suede-trimmed steering wheel and an individual build-number plate on the centre console.

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The spare wheel has been removed to save weight.

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The special editions come in only three colours: 'Crystal Black Silica', 'WR Blue Pearl' or 'Crystal White Pearl'.

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The 'RA' tag on the limited edition WRX STI stands for 'record attempt' in a nod to Subaru's intention to to set a new Nurburgring lap record in its class.

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A WRX STI Type RA NBR Special, especially prepared for the exercise, will this European summer tackle the circuit dubbed by three-time world Formula One champion Jackie Stewart as the 'Green Hell'.

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Would you like to see the new WRX STI and BRZ tS specials made available in Australia? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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