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Old 06-02-2017, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Subaru STI Type RA is coming!

Put aside the recent rumors, and look at this from the press release from SOA on June 1st. In the PR regarding the Nurburgring lap attempt there is a sentence on note:

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Stay tuned for information on the production Type RA coming on June 8th.
http://media.subaru.com/pressrelease...ing-subaru-wrx

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Subaru of America Releases New Video Showcasing the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special

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CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 1, 2017

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --*Subaru of America, Inc. announced today the release of a new video of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special. The car will attempt to set a new lap record for a four-door sedan at the famous NŁrburgring race track later this summer. The video can be found on the Subaru of America YouTube channel. Stay tuned for information on the production Type RA coming on June 8th.

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Old 06-02-2017, 12:01 PM   #2
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Nice!
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:24 PM   #3
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If this is a legit RA model and not another limited editon model with do-dads and nothing important, I want one. Subaru has completely failed to bring us any of the JDM special edition cars up to this point.
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:32 PM   #4
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If this is a legit RA model and not another limited editon model with do-dads and nothing important, I want one. Subaru has completely failed to bring us any of the JDM special edition cars up to this point.
Looks to me like nothing more than a glorified special edition with some CF bits that's going to command an obscene price.
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:50 PM   #5
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Looks to me like nothing more than a glorified special edition with some CF bits that's going to command an obscene price.
Lets see come june 8th first haha.
If it really is a legit Type RA there will be some decent upgrades. Lets hope they didn't water down the name by making it a trim show-piece.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:10 PM   #6
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I'm surprised it's not here already, but sources are saying there will be unknown "gearing and engine upgrades".

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1...rx-sti-type-ra
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:20 PM   #7
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I'm surprised it's not here already, but sources are saying there will be unknown "gearing and engine upgrades".

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1...rx-sti-type-ra
Well, past Type RAs had those so its an easy assumption to make -- I'm guessing they're also guessing based on history.
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:28 PM   #8
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So basically just 4.444 rear diff and 5 more hp
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:02 AM   #9
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Lets see come june 8th first haha.
If it really is a legit Type RA there will be some decent upgrades. Lets hope they didn't water down the name by making it a trim show-piece.
that would be 2 days after my birthday....🤔
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:42 PM   #10
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This is what I was thinking as well, the carbon fiber bits always just clutter things up IMO
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:10 PM   #11
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If this is a legit RA model and not another limited editon model with do-dads and nothing important, I want one. Subaru has completely failed to bring us any of the JDM special edition cars up to this point.
Agreed, but do you think the North American market would be buying up Spec C, S20x, S40x, etc?

I'm stoked to see the potential of something new, but I have a feeling the general consensus is gonna balk at it.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:14 PM   #12
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RA means "race altered" and not "record attempt"

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Old 06-02-2017, 01:49 PM   #13
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RA means "race altered" and not "record attempt"
I thought this was the Egyptian god (Ra) version!?
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:03 PM   #14
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If this is a legit RA model and not another limited editon model with do-dads and nothing important, I want one. Subaru has completely failed to bring us any of the JDM special edition cars up to this point.

It hasn't been SOA's 50th before!!
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:10 AM   #15
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RA means "race altered" and not "record attempt"

In this and other instances, RA means record attempt. :-)
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:21 AM   #16
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If Subaru does some crazy modifications to the engine for this upcoming Type RA, wouldn't they have to run it through it's proper courses/certification in order to sell it in the US? We would have DEFINITELY caught a blurb or two about this. I don't know what the rules are but lets hold Subaru gets to sneak this one in without having to go through all of that.

Just like the blurbs we got about the 2004 USDM STi?

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Old 06-03-2017, 10:57 AM   #17
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Just like the blurbs we got about the 2004 USDM STi?



That was 2004...we live in a world of leaks now.
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:17 PM   #18
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In this and other instances, RA means record attempt. :-)
well, I stand corrected, at least for the new cars since 2001

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The RA acronym has more or less had it's meaning changed over the years. Initially, it stood for "Record Attempt", as Subaru of Japan used the Nurburgring to set a new lap record for the Impreza WRX STi. A more recent example can be seen on the 2005MY WRX STI Spec C Type RA, the usage of "Record Attempt" is apparent. However, not every revision of the Type RA has been used on the Nurburgring. Currently, it is marketting that decides what "RA" means. Here is a response from Subaru of Japan (the makers and sellers of the Impreza WRX STi Type RA and Spec C Type RA) sent on 11/10/2006:

この度はご質問をお寄せいただきまして有難うございました。 日頃はスバル車にご関心をお寄せくださいまして誠に有難うございます。

スバルインプレッサTYPE RA-Rの「RA」の意味は、 Rがレーシング、AがグループAという意味を持っています。

今後共にどうぞスバルを宜しくお願い申し上げます。

********************************* このメールボックスは発信専用です。 改めてのご質問は富士重工業のホームページFAQからお願いします。 *********************************

It translates to R = Racing, A = Group A for the WRC class the WRC Impreza competes in. The car Subaru of Japan is referring to is the 2007MY WRX STI Spec C Type RA-R.

To date, the official names that have been used are "Record Attempt" and "R = Racing, A = Group A".

Impreza01 23:05, 30 Nov 2006 (UTC)

It's always been my understanding that, certainly before 2001, RA stood for 'Race Altered'. Please see - [www.type-ra.co.uk/faq.htm]
https://www.scoobynet.com/scoobynet-...ml#post8316025
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Old 06-02-2017, 03:12 PM   #19
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But all this instead:

2.0 l BOXER DOHC 16 valve dual AVCS twin scroll turbo

SUBARU BOXER [EJ20 TURBO] boasts a number of glory in motor sports. The sharp acceleration by the twin scroll turbo and the increase in the power of the high revolution range bring exact feeling like a sports engine. Its torque characteristic is almost flat to the maximum value, demonstrating about 90% of the maximum torque at only 2,400 revolutions by precisely tuned ECU control. The delicate response to accelerator operation and the dynamic acceleration characteristics provide pleasure to control the high power as desired.
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Old 06-02-2017, 04:22 PM   #20
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But all this instead:

2.0 l BOXER DOHC 16 valve dual AVCS twin scroll turbo

SUBARU BOXER [EJ20 TURBO] boasts a number of glory in motor sports. The sharp acceleration by the twin scroll turbo and the increase in the power of the high revolution range bring exact feeling like a sports engine. Its torque characteristic is almost flat to the maximum value, demonstrating about 90% of the maximum torque at only 2,400 revolutions by precisely tuned ECU control. The delicate response to accelerator operation and the dynamic acceleration characteristics provide pleasure to control the high power as desired.
Or just "license" a "blueprint" from Porsche and manufacture their 2.0T flat four in house.... Shut up and take my money.
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Old 06-02-2017, 04:10 PM   #21
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If the limited sti had a low number of build quantity I believe this will even be lower so that markup will put it well above the the 40k of an STI. I will buy it if it does have a bunch of upgrades over and above the STI but if the same motor and some little bits then no thanks...also 19" rims seems silly.

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Old 06-02-2017, 05:58 PM   #22
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$20 says it's some carbon wing, aero / splitters up front, diffuser in the back, sweet interior stitching for a $10k premium.


nope.
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Old 06-03-2017, 06:20 AM   #23
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$20 says it's some carbon wing, aero / splitters up front, diffuser in the back, sweet interior stitching for a $10k premium.


nope.

i will not take that bet, because i am familiar with Subaru.

don't forget a horrible paint color that i wouldn't want anyway.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:31 PM   #24
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ROFL nobody on this forum will buy it. If it is a genuine article nobody here will pay the premium. If its all window dressing nobody will pay the inflated price.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:35 PM   #25
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I would pick one up, if it looks good and drives better I'll spend a extra 10k
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