Ultimate Impreza WRX

Written by tonks on November 20, 2006

Ultimate Impreza WRXThe Fuji Heavy Industries mob’s tweaked specials invariably come with suffixes that use up most of the alphabet, and the newcomer doesn’t disappoint it’s known as the Impreza WRX STi Spec C Type RA-R. Just 300 examples of the latest hottie are destined for showrooms, but before you start reaching for that chequebook, alas the RA-R is a Japan-only model. It’s a bit of a shame really.

The 2.0-litre force-fed engine (the 2.5 isn’t offered in Japan) is supplemented by a bigger IHI turbo, reprogrammed ECU and a freer-flowing exhaust. Result? Robust outputs of 234kW at 6400rpm and 432Nm at 4400rpm well up on the 206kW/392Nm of the Oz-spec WRX STi. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.

Complementing the beefed-up powertrain is upgraded and retuned suspension, which lowers ride height by 15mm. The RA-R also scores white-painted 18-inch light alloy STi wheels wrapped in 40-series Bridgestone rubber, and a peek through the spokes reveals a quartet of six-piston brakes. The car doesn’t shout its performance potential, as the body is essentially untouched, apart from a black front lip spoiler and roof vane. That said, an oversize carbon-fibre rear wing and BBS wheels are available as options.

A lurid yellow paint scheme will be offered, but it will be limited to 50 of the 300 cars. The other colours are Pure White (pictured) and WRC Rally Blue Mica, and all three finishes get a cherry red accent line that encompasses the centre grille’s inner surround. The RA-R costs 4,284,000 Yen in its home market, which equates to around $47,650 in our money that’s pretty sharp buying when you consider a ‘standard’ WRX STi costs $57K here.


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