Subaru Reveals BRZ Ts And WRX STI Type RA Limited Editions

Subaru USA has finally released details about the latest editions of the BRZ and the WRX STI.

Subaru will offer just 500 units of each model, with both of them expected to reach Subaru dealerships in early 2018.

The new Subaru WRX STI Type RA offers a purer driving experience through the classic recipe of shedding weight and upgrading the chassis and the engine.

The new limited version of the WRX STI comes with a carbon-fiber roof panel, a carbon-fiber wing and a set of lightweight BBS 19-inch forged alloys. Subaru has also removed the spare tire.

The chassis has been upgraded with inverted front struts and Bilstein dampers all around, with the VDC also tuned to the needs of the new Type RA. A set of six-piston Brembo brakes with cross-drilled rotors makes sure that stopping power will always be there.

Subaru has updated the turbocharged 2.5-litre flat-four engine to an estimated 310hp, thanks to the use of a new cold air intake, high-flow performance exhaust, retuned ECU and stronger pistons. The six-speed manual gearbox features a revised 3rd gear ratio along with a short-throw shifter.

The new Subaru BRZ tS on the other hand comes with an updated chassis and a more aggressive look, with the flat-four naturally aspirated engine remaining unchanged.

Subaru has added a set of STI-tuned Sachs dampers and coil springs, as well as V-braces in the engine compartment. The chassis and front sub-frame are also upgraded with new draw stiffeners for better and more direct steering feel. A set of 18-inch lightweight STI wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires are there to further improve the grip levels and turn-in of the BRZ.

The bodywork features a full STI costume, including front, rear and side underspoilers which help in controlling the airflow but the real star of the show is that big rear wing made out of carbon fiber.

Both the 2018 WRX STI Type RA and the BRZ tS will be available WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Crystal White Pearl, with Subaru to release the exact specifications and pricing later this year.


  • Christian

    WAKE UP! I’m dreaming WAKE UP!

    • Six_Tymes


  • Craig

    I guess I was wrong all along. I just ASSUMED that the ‘news’ was going to be about an STi version of the BRZ – complete with the 300+ hp STi engine. But…. no! Too bad.

    • Dennis James

      That chassis is probably unable to accomodate more power.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Oh, it can.

    • Benjamin B.

      At least there are better tires. The Prius tires are terrible.

  • xDRAN0x


  • Christian

    Carscoop – you know that one of the pictures is a Subaru WRX STI?

  • Gowtham Oleti

    Expectation:STI version of the BRZ with Over 300 + Horsepower with proper STI engine.


    And whats the point of “Only” 500 being made.

    • seriously

      agreed lol that full STI “costume” line was pretty funny though its a silly car

  • seriously

    I dont care what anyone saids there is no excuse for a nearly $30k sports car in 2017 to be as slow as this car is and they keep tacking more crap on it and improving its handling its handling is its strong suit why modify it at all make it faster if Mazda can make a 155hp car faster than this 200+ hp car there is no excuse why this thing is so slow,,,,,,,,,waste of such a great chassis and engine inventory pull from… you want a WRX sedan with AWD and teh same price tag or a slow sports coupe…its a no brainer

  • john1168

    A turbo?!?!?! It’s about freakin’ time!!! Although I have no plans to get one, this will be a good car.

    • Akira

      You read that wrong. It was about the WRX STI. The BRZ has no change in power whatsoever as usual.

    • john1168

      Is the turbo STI coming to the USA? I’ve read in other sources that only the NON-turbo BRZ-ts is only coming to the USA…

    • Mill0048

      The 2.5l Turbo is the WRX STI. Toyobaru has been clear that the cost of recertifying the current 86/BRZ for emissions and crash is too costly. Not to mention the development costs.

  • KidRed

    Toyota and Subaru still clueless about the anemically powered twins.

  • ctk4949

    Geez really does that BRZ need that huge ass spoiler, if your not gonna give it more power?!?!?! Terrrrrrrrrrrrible!!

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Haha! Can’t say I didn’t warn you.

  • Six_Tymes

    a let down no extra power, I wish the BRZ has a 2.2.

  • AMG_Power

    Im i the only seeing that the engine has been tuned to 310hp?

    • Mill0048

      WRX STI, yes.

      • AMG_Power

        Ahh. Reading too fast got excited for a second.

  • Lance Campbell

    What a joke…

  • fgclolz

    Is there a wing delete option? I’d rather have a lip spoiler.

  • Benjamin B.

    Finally Subaru is abandoning the Toyota Prius tires

  • SteersUright

    Why bother with any new “edition” of the BRZ? Its the same car with the same flaws every time. Subaru and Toyota clearly do not care to or are unable to upgrade the current generation of these cars. They really dont even deserve any press any longer. Let ’em die and hope the new version, if there is any, is more impressive. Especially as the Supra is already shaping up to be a massive disappointment.

    The WRX STi needs new stronger pistons to handle a whopping 10hp increase? Makes one wonder how fragile a piece of garbage the current engine is. When a Focus RS makes 350hp and other $40k sports machines make 400hp+, 310hp isn’t a very compelling argument and these cars will continue to require massive discounting to get them off of dealer lots.

  • nastinupe

    lol at all of the butthurt Subaru BRZ lovers out there. Keep your weak 205 hp engine and exit left with your “STI costume” ha ha ha.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      That image is HORRIFYING.

  • Ariel Torres

    Called it being both the WRX and BRZ

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Fuck you, Subaru.

    Fuck you.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Riced it out of of the fucking factory with that stupid spoiler.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Maybe removing the wing…but it’s pretty overall.

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