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Old 11-12-2001, 11:23 PM   #1
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STi typeRA will come out again in December with ligther chasis, even more powerful engine. Of course I am talking about Japanese market, so won't affect our lives much....
Currently type-RA is not offered over there.
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:26 AM   #2
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it seems like car companies dont usualy like to bring there top models, for instance, the sti was out when the wrx came here, so hopefully this might affect likelyness that the sti will come here i hope.
any opinions????
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Old 11-13-2001, 04:29 AM   #3
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I'm thinking maybe they dont import their best cars becuase of stricter emissions rules in the US and the lack of high octane gas in the US (I think Japan has 95 or 98 octane gas as the highest grade)
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Old 11-13-2001, 10:12 AM   #4
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um.. in the old GC8 .. the type RA was a couple right?... there is no coupe GDA... so .. shouldn't it be a type R?
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:50 PM   #5
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opposite, type-r was the coupe and type-ra was the sedan in GC8
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Old 11-14-2001, 10:22 AM   #6
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The RA's not top of the line, it's a stripped down version that's easy to convert for racing. Not a common practice in the US market, except maybe for the Type-R.
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Old 11-14-2001, 02:28 PM   #7
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how can it have a more powerful engine, they're already at the limit. or do you mean more torque?
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Old 11-14-2001, 02:35 PM   #8
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i always thought they had the same engine...but they just stripped it down a lot, made it way lighter, hence that much faster...
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Old 11-15-2001, 07:49 PM   #9
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It's stripped down with the same engine (STi)and its a wagon (the new version). I have a video tape of it and it is Bad ass.
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Old 11-16-2001, 12:19 AM   #10
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its a wagon (the new version).
??? I don't understand...
type-RA is only in sedan.
The engine is the same as STi in current generation. but next one might be different.
Type-RA used to have more power than plain WRX in early GC8.

To clarify, these were the models in GC8.
WRX
WRX type-RA
WRX type-R
WRX STi
WRX STi-typeRA
WRX-SA
WRX wagon
WRX wagon STi
22B STi
and bunch of limited editions..

Currently the turbo Impreza line up is.. (GD/GG)

WRX NB
WRX STi
WRX STi prodrive style
Impreza 20K
Impreza STi wagon
and STi typeRA will come back in December.
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Old 11-16-2001, 06:05 PM   #11
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Did I say wagon? Oops...that's the STi wagon but it is still bad ass.
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Old 11-23-2001, 05:30 AM   #12
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It will come out next month
it is light weight version
Subframe removed, thinner glasses, thinner sheet metal.
No airbag, no AC, no stereo.
Stronger powerunit and transmission.
expected to be around 1350kg
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Old 11-23-2001, 05:20 PM   #13
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no way.... no airbags? can it be sold in USDM?
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Old 11-24-2001, 05:52 AM   #14
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Type-RA never had airbags. So were Lancer Evolution RS and Civic typeR motorsports version.
12/6 is the day it is likely to come out, and might be called STi TypeRA Spec-C.
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Old 11-24-2001, 03:46 PM   #15
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no way.... no airbags? can it be sold in USDM?
Nope, no way. All new US cars must have an airbag.

For emissions, you can always add catalytic converters, but the trick with importing a car isn't emissions, it's the crash tests. I am thinking that the subframe removal, thinner glasses, and thinner sheet metal means there is no way the car can pass any of the DOT safety tests.

But then, who'd want to use the RA for their commute
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Old 11-25-2001, 09:10 AM   #16
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go go go, there never was a WRX type-R, only WRX STi-type-R

If the TypeRA does get an update in Dec, expect the rest of the WRX line to get an update too.
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Old 11-26-2001, 12:31 AM   #17
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Question wait just a gauld darned sec...

i have photographic evidence that there already was a type RA released in the new body style. this photo circulated the boards just after the release in japan comparing a v6 type RA to a v7. its obviously an STi, but note the roof vents, only the RAs got those. the v6 also has them. for those who think i'm lying about when i got the photo, not the front bumper, its a 2001 not the 2002 which sticks out more by the grill. see my next post for a piccy of a MY01 STi taken at a dealership in japan by one of the speacialstage.com guys.
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Old 11-26-2001, 12:37 AM   #18
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here's the MY01 STi in japan. note the lack of roof vents, the same front bumper as the white STi in the previous post, and the same style lisence plate as the v6, indicating that both these pictures are from japan.
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Old 11-26-2001, 12:41 AM   #19
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Default help us to even get the sti here...

help us to even get the STI here and go to imprezawrxSTI.com subaru is watching over it.
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Old 11-26-2001, 03:08 AM   #20
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clement>
you are right, there was no WRX type-R. I was misunderstanding.

10th warrier>
Yes, there was a STi typeRA in new bodystyle at the moment of the new-age Impreza release. But Subaru discontinued it shortly after. Right now there is no TypeRA offered. Go to SOJ Subaru website, you'll find only WRX NB, WRX STi and Prodrive style.
The reason Subaru discontinued RA was because Lancer came out with EVO7 cheaper, lighter, and faster. TypeRA wasn't competitive in domestic race and rally. The new typeRA is the new weapon for Subaru to compete with EVO7RS.
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Old 11-26-2001, 11:32 AM   #21
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go go go-thanks for clearing that up.
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Old 11-26-2001, 11:33 AM   #22
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go go go-thanks for clearing that up. now if only i could find/afford an STi v6 type RA in gunmetal *drool*
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Old 11-26-2001, 11:40 AM   #23
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do you mean this?!

well, this is only a V5, but close enough
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Old 11-26-2001, 12:12 PM   #24
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yup, that's the one. as far as i know, the only diffs between v5 and v6 are the rims (MY00-01 RS rims here, except gold of course) and the wing has a higher angle of attack.

btw JGard18, you owe me a new pair of boxers for posting that they're all sticky now
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Old 11-26-2001, 08:37 PM   #25
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Type-RA never had airbags.
IIRC, GC8 RA's did in fact have airbags. As for differences between the V5 and V6, it's more than just the wing and the wheels. There were some minor engine differences, I think related to cool, but very, very minor.
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