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Ahhh, Japan -- where ever-more-muscular special editions pop into the marketplace with no advance warning whatsoever. On November 15, Subaru drops its latest rally-inspired performance bomber into showrooms. The Impreza WRX STi spec C TYPE RA-R (I don't know about you, but I love the Japanese penchant for giving their sports models these impressively long monikers) will be limited to 300 units, and offers the same power levels last seen in the limited-but-not-as-limited-as-this Impreza S204.

That means this latest Subie dishes out 320 horsepower and around 318 lb-ft of torque. The extra juice comes thanks to a larger-diameter turbine and ECU reprogramming combined with improved breathing up front and a freer-flowing exhaust. The upgraded and retuned suspension gets dropped 15mm compared to the base car. White-painted 18" STi wheels are wrapped in 40-series Bridgestone rubber, and a peek through the spokes reveals the car's 6-piston brakes. The body is essentially left alone, save for a black front lip spoiler and roof vane. A vivid yellow paint color will be offered, but is limited to 50 of the 300 cars. The other colors are Pure White and WR Rally Blue Mica, and all three finishes get a cherry red accent line that encompasses the center grille's inner surround. An optional carbon fiber rear wing and a different BBS wheel style are also available. We prefer the white rally-look standard rims, though. Inside, the standard sport seats can be upgraded to optional Recaro buckets, and a new knob adorns the shifter. Of course, the driver's favorite feature may simply be the right pedal, which stands ready and waiting to unleash the hounds underhood.

To answer the question you're surely thinking: no, you can't get it here. Sorry. If you're in Japan, however, one will set you back ¥4,284,000.

[Source: Subaru Japan]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Subaru Impreza WRX STi spec C TYPE RA-R
      HAAAAA! Are you serious? Are they really going to call it that? That has to be a joke.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where is the coupe? Bring back the 22B or the SVX. The hopped up sedan thing is getting old. Subie (and Mitsu too) need real sports cars in their line up. Maybe Subie can borrow some of that Toyota money to buy the rights to the awesome Prodrive P2 concept. Import that to the U.S. as a limited edition halo model and I'd be the first to drop 40k on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      English language spec. is linked on our Site here:


      Factual errors in the original posting:

      4,368,000JPY on the Road in Japan

      The S204 was limited to 600 Units, the Spec C Type RA-R is limited to 300 Units

      This does not make the S204 *Rarer*

      Graham Ware
      Export Manager

      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks nice, but try to add an rear wing, like Impreza WRC
      • 8 Years Ago
      simply the most desirable piece of motor on this planet. Everything seems to be spot on, from colours to wheels to specifications.
      Why are these sort of limited specials only appearing at the end of a model's career like Renault's razorsharp Clio Trophy last year? DJ
      • 8 Years Ago
      number 5...

      the rsx got killed because the civic si is an rsx that's cheaper and none of the flaws of the rsx. who would buy an rsx when you could get a civic si that rides better, handles better, gives you better steering feedback, has a lsd, better motor, revised tranny, and is cheaper. yea it doesn't look as good... but it's common sense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Subaru is trying to kill me, I tell you! First they came out with the 'Flying Vagina'. The first 2005/06 WRX STi... Then, they released the limited edition 600 units worldwide S204.

      For each units of S204 sold in Malaysia, the price will hike RM1,000 more. Now, they release like what the first post saw, Type-C-RA-R! RAWR!!!

      One after another, they all look the same but slight improvements. I want it but I cant really afford it and everytime I try to break away from this 'curse of brainwash', it comes out with something new to tempt me! Damn it!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      i love it, perfect, slick, stylish, fast, brakes--wow-- colors..eh. wow
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I modded an Impreza STi to mirror this, would that make my pirated version Type ARGGGGGGG???

      /thank you thank you, i'll be here all week
      //don't forget to tip your waitress
      • 8 Years Ago
      At todays exchange rate 4,284,000 yen translates to $36,376. Of course, you could never get one over here for that, but does anybody else think that this car would be the ultimate rural mail vehicle? :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anybody know how to import one to Europe?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm still in love with Impreza WRC
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