2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA first drive review: a lighter, tighter WRX STI Page 2

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A revised intake and ECU setup along with larger diameter exhaust setup nets the Type RA 5 horsepower over the standard WRX STI for a total of 310 horsepower.

While the shifter is a shorter throw than the standard WRX STI, it connects to a transmission that has a lower third-gear ratio in the Type RA which makes it 5 percent quicker from 50 to 70 mph according to Subaru.

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

Nothing competes

For $50,000 the WRX STI Type RA is playing with no direct competition. You could buy a Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE with thundering V-8 engine, but it’s a coupe with poor visibility. There’s the Mercedes-AMG CLA45, but it’s slightly more expensive, and that’s before a single option is added. This is a white space that the WRX STI Type RA is about to play in.

Priced from $48,995 with no option packages, the 2018 WRX STI Type RA is expensive. It’s also going to be rare with only 500 being built, and that inherently makes it special.

Want one? Here are a few winning arguments. Feel free to tell your significant other it’s a serialized special edition and you simply have to have it. If nothing else, tell them you’re saving a bundle by not buying a well-optioned Mercedes-AMG CLA45.

Easy as pie.

Subaru provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.

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