Sun. May 16th, 2021
2018 Subaru WRX STI

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA Drivers’ Notes Review

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is a limited-edition version of the Japanese automaker’s iconic rally-derived sports coupe. Only 500 units are headed to America, and, with a price tag just shy of $50,000, every single one is likely to be scooped up by true Subaru enthusiasts. The RA moniker stands for record attempt. The STI lapped the Nürburgring in fewer than seven minutes.

The Type RA differs from the regular model in a few ways, most notably the lightweight and adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing. The car also uses carbon fiber on the roof to lower the center-of-gravity. Other changes include a 5-horsepower bump, 19-inch BBS wheels, Bilstein dampers and a few changes to interior and exterior trim. It doesn’t transform so much as refine an already hot product.

Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: Rock-solid chassis. Hair-trigger clutch. Tight chassis. Heavy steering. Black coffee. No need for solid foods. This was my lunch on a gray Thursday as I whipped up and down Woodward Avenue in the Subaru WRX STI Type RA. It’s a riot. This thing sounds like a hooligan and most of the time behaves like one, too.

The Subaru STI is a riot to drive, and as a recently reformed WRX owner, it feels familiar every time I get in it. Such is the case with the Type RA, which I also had the pleasure of driving at the track at Thermal Club in California. It the real world, it’s still fun. But overall, I’d not spend the extra money for the Type RA.

Manager, Production, Eddie Sabatini: This special edition Subie is a LOT of fun to drive. Rugged and powerful, I really felt like it wanted to play rough. I’m not convinced that the extra $12,000+ make the limited-production RA that much better to drive than the classic STI, but they’re only making 500 of these so don’t worry about having to make that decision.

Overall I think the look is fantastic. I tend to think that the STI is a bit too juvenile looking but I didn’t find myself thinking that with the RA. Perhaps it was the gray carbon fiber roof, black mirror, and slimmer spoiler that create a more subtle profile?