Today Subaru announced two new performance models: the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS and 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.
2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA
This new version that stands for “Record Attempt” and is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine that increases horsepower to 310 with help from a new cold air intake, high flow performance exhaust, retuned ECU, stronger pistons, a revised 3rd gear ratio, short throw shifter, and weight reduction.
Handling has been revised with upgraded inverted front struts and a double wishbone suspension with Bilstein dampers. Other upgrades include a modified multi-mode VDC, monoblock Brembo 6-piston front calipers and dual-piston rear calipers, and cross-drilled rotors.
Outside, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA sports an exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accent around the grille and bumper cover, an STI front underspoiler, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, a roof-mounted shark fin antenna, and STI badges with a black finish. Inside, the new Type RA features Recaro performance design front seats with red bolsters, signature red stitching throughout the cabin, an Ultrasuede steering wheel, and push-button start with Keyless Access as standard.
Only 500 of the WRX STI Type RA vehicles will be produced, each with an individually numbered plaque mounted on the center console.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS
tS meaning “tuned by STI”, means the BRZ tS gets a ton of revised bits and pieces. Suspension-wise, the BRZ tS adds STI-tuned front and rear SACHS dampers and coil springs, flexible V-braces, and new draw stiffeners to improve steering response. The tS will also be equipped with 18-inch lightweight STI wheels with 215/40 R 18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and Brembo brakes.
Outside, the BRZ tS adds an exclusive STI rear carbon fiber spoiler that is manually adjustable to fine-tune rear downforce and STI front, rear, and side underspoilers. It’ll also come with an exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accent around the grille and rear bumper, foldable exterior mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna, black-finish BRZ and Subaru badging, and fog lights replaced by STI fog light covers.
Inside, the BRZ tS features black leather and Alcantara upholstery with red stitching throughout the interior, including steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter, and emergency brake boot.
Both the 2018 WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS will be available in WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, and Crystal White Pearl. They’ll go on sale in the first quarter of 2018. If you want a preview of the new cars and are around the Maryland area, head to Boxerfest this weekend!