They’re not as expensive as we thought they’d be

Those of you who have been waiting with baited breath to hear the price figures of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA and the BRZ tS can all breathe a sigh of relief now. The Japanese automaker has officially gone public with the pricing of the two new models, and in a stroke of good fortune, they’re not as expensive as we thought. The track-focused WRX STI Type RA, for example, will cost $49,855 with delivery. Meanwhile, the Subaru BRZ tS will carry a price tag of $34,355. They’re pricier than their standard models, but that’s to be expected for two models that are limited to just 500 units apiece.

Subaru Reveals Hardcore STI Type RA NBR Special Edition: Video Exterior
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For comparison’s sake, the base STI carries a price of $36,995 while the base BRZ hits us in the wallet to the tune of $26,315

For comparison’s sake, the base STI carries a price of $36,995 while the base BRZ hits us in the wallet to the tune of $26,315. Do a little math and you’re looking at an extra $12,800 for the WRX STI Type RA and $8,020 more in added cost for the BRZ tS. That’s the bad news. The good news is it could’ve been more so we’ll take these small victories when we get them.

Now that we know how much these two limited edition track-focused models cost, it’s time to see what kind of cars we’re actually getting if we decide to buy one of them. Let’s first look at the Subaru WRX STI Type RA. The most important aspect of this limited edition STI is the power bump, which goes up to 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque from a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine. That was achieved with the addition of a new cold air intake, a high-flow performance exhaust, stronger pistons, and a tuned ECU. In addition, the WRX STI Type RA also gets a carbon fiber roof and wing, inverted front struts, a short-throw shifter with a revised third gear, improved stability control, and a new set of 19-inch BBS wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport tires, among others. Cosmetic upgrades on the sedan include red and black cosmetic accents and a Type RA badge on the trunk.

2018 Subaru BRZ tS High Resolution Exterior
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The WRX STI Type RA also gets a carbon fiber roof and wing, inverted front struts, a short-throw shifter with a revised third gear, improved stability control, and a new set of 19-inch BBS wheels

Now let’s move on to the Subaru BRZ tS. It’s a similar story here as the main highlights of the special edition BRZ revolve around mechanical improvements made to the car. It still carries the same amount of power as the standard BRZ — 206 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque — but it also gets a manually adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler, a black body kit, STI-tuned Sachs dampers and coil springs, a V-brace in the engine bay, a stiffer chassis, and a set of 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.

References

Subaru WRX

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

Subaru BRZ

2018 Subaru BRZ tS
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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS.

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