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Old 01-29-2018, 04:19 PM   #1301
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That's a good point, though minivan interiors are usually more usable than SUV.

In my Sedona, the middle row side seats flip the seat cushion forward while the seatback also moves forward, making a nice clear passage to the rear seats. The Ascent, like most other SUVs, leans the seatback and slides the seat cushion, leaving less room to pass through.

Also, lower floor in minivan + deep well in the rear = more storage space.

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Old 01-30-2018, 11:17 AM   #1302
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From the Detroit auto show
Such an ugly car. I'm a little worried the next STI will be a little too close to this styling given the current Impreza doesn't stray too far from last gen as these cars looked dated on arrival.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:20 PM   #1303
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Such an ugly car. I'm a little worried the next STI will be a little too close to this styling given the current Impreza doesn't stray too far from last gen as these cars looked dated on arrival.
Disagree
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:30 PM   #1304
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Such an ugly car. I'm a little worried the next STI will be a little too close to this styling given the current Impreza doesn't stray too far from last gen as these cars looked dated on arrival.
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2nd'd. People have been saying the newest model of that time is dated at arrival since these cars first launched.

I do agree that the current WRX/STI look dated because the former Impreza they're based on premiered early 2011. And maybe I can agree that the current Impreza could look dated if you look at it as an amalgamation of 08-16 Impreza styling.

However, I don't think Subaru can really afford to stick too close to the current gen Impreza styling again. They need to continue separating the models as distinctive vehicles.

IMO, all they really need to do is change out the headlights and taillights and they're pretty much good to go!
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Old 01-30-2018, 02:18 PM   #1305
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http://www.motortrend.com/cars/subar...-drive-review/

MotorTrend had some nice things to say. Though they state that the steering was changed to electric assist for the RA? Is that true? Their photo gallery won't let me blow up the engine pics more, but I swear I still see the power steering pump pulley.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:07 PM   #1306
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Per 2018 WRX and STI Owner's Manual, the Type RA runs a one step colder spark plug. Is that odd for anyone?

TYPE RA ILFR7H (NGK)
STI except TYPE RA SILFR6A (NGK)
Except STI ILKAR8H6 (NGK)
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:18 PM   #1307
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Not really. Colder spark plugs help to fend off Pre-ignition. It may have to do with the 'new' pistons changing the heat characteristics of the combustion chamber. Maybe they hold more heat in the piston and they need a colder plug as added insurance.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:38 PM   #1308
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Not really. Colder spark plugs help to fend off Pre-ignition. It may have to do with the 'new' pistons changing the heat characteristics of the combustion chamber. Maybe they hold more heat in the piston and they need a colder plug as added insurance.
I remember reading about the new piston design, so that could very likely be it.

I was also thinking that Subaru Type RA owners are more likely to take their car to the track, so the colder plugs are used for additional safety.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:43 PM   #1309
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Probably where the 5HP came from.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:06 PM   #1310
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not surprising that it has colder plugs. Just with a stage 1 tune I'm running 1 step colder plugs too.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:21 PM   #1311
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http://www.motortrend.com/cars/subar...-drive-review/

MotorTrend had some nice things to say. Though they state that the steering was changed to electric assist for the RA? Is that true? Their photo gallery won't let me blow up the engine pics more, but I swear I still see the power steering pump pulley.
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Higgins recently set the four-door production car Nürburgring Nordschleife record in a (highly) modified STI Type RA.
Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't that Richie Stanaway?
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:33 PM   #1312
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http://www.motortrend.com/cars/subar...-drive-review/

MotorTrend had some nice things to say. Though they state that the steering was changed to electric assist for the RA? Is that true? Their photo gallery won't let me blow up the engine pics more, but I swear I still see the power steering pump pulley.
Still hydraulic steering
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:44 PM   #1313
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Probably why they disabled comments on the article.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:49 PM   #1314
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Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't that Richie Stanaway?
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style...ck-lap-fastest

You're correct. I didn't know this. I guess assumptions were made considering Mark Higgins was the driver for the Isle of Man record attempt. Good catch!
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:18 PM   #1315
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Such an ugly car. I'm a little worried the next STI will be a little too close to this styling given the current Impreza doesn't stray too far from last gen as these cars looked dated on arrival.
This is coming from a guy that drives a car that looks like a shoe on wheels. And the economy version at that.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:13 PM   #1316
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http://www.motortrend.com/cars/subar...-drive-review/

MotorTrend had some nice things to say. Though they state that the steering was changed to electric assist for the RA? Is that true? Their photo gallery won't let me blow up the engine pics more, but I swear I still see the power steering pump pulley.
Like carnz-pj-410 pointed out, the RA uses hydraulic power steering.

Interestingly, the writer firmly believes that the steering feels better and is faster on the RA. Although nothing has been confirmed by Subaru, we do know from comparing part numbers that the RA indeed uses a different steering rack.

The bit regarding the torque curve also seems to suggest that the motor might be underrated like some have speculated.

I am curious as to whether some of the technical upgrades will make their way into MY19s because we are talking about a lot of new parts for a very limited production run.
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:43 AM   #1317
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Although nothing has been confirmed by Subaru, we do know from comparing part numbers that the RA indeed uses a different steering rack.
Where is the source for this claim? I haven’t seen anything showing a difference rack being used. However, I have seen images showing that the toe rod ends are different and there’s a different brace/structural mount.
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:00 AM   #1318
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From earlier in this thread, courtesy of carnz-pj-410
Steering Gear Box Assembly (Steering Rack)
RA - 34110VA140
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i *think* the new rack part number is updated only because of the different tie rod ends and bracket. the actual internals of the rack have the same P/Ns. so looks like no ratio change
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:49 AM   #1320
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However, I don't think Subaru can really afford to stick too close to the current gen Impreza styling again. They need to continue separating the models as distinctive vehicles.
Disagree.. since there is only a slow impreza option, the WRX need not break far from the impreza beyond upping engine and sportiness. Itll sell just fine.

I would prefer this route for lower cost and increased function that comes with the impreza vs a true sports car like a BRZ that you cant put a kayak on.

I just want a hatchback with a good engine and sporty look/feel!
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:36 AM   #1321
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I guess you're right. People still bought the WRX even though it was way more a Tarted Up Impreza than it was the actual WRX Concept shown. That's what I was basing my idea off of. Subaru seems like they want to go more Concept, but keep rolling back to TUI. Don't even bother with a Concept then. Save your time, money and energy for hybrids and reinforced TUIs.
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From earlier in this thread, courtesy of carnz-pj-410
Steering Gear Box Assembly (Steering Rack)
RA - 34110VA140
STi - 34110VA131


The document from Subaru doesn't list any difference with the rack itself; just the rod ends and stiffener. My guess is that the new part number is because they sell it as a complete unit with the updated parts.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:49 PM   #1323
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Except possibly for the pistons and the carbon roof, most of these parts were already developed for the S207/S208 and the rest are catalog parts. I'm curious if the these stronger pistons were used in the JDM Forester STI or STI A-line.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:55 PM   #1324
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I guess you're right. People still bought the WRX even though it was way more a Tarted Up Impreza than it was the actual WRX Concept shown. That's what I was basing my idea off of. Subaru seems like they want to go more Concept, but keep rolling back to TUI. Don't even bother with a Concept then. Save your time, money and energy for hybrids and reinforced TUIs.
But but the Impreza and WRX lines are separated!
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