The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is currently on its way to dealers in the US. Only 500 units will be sold in 2018.

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On the outside, the Type RA will feature a carbon fiber roof, a carbon fiber pedestal wing and 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.

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The 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder sees output increase to 310 horsepower thanks to a new cold air intake, performance exhaust, retuned ECU and stronger pistons. 

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The six-speed manual transmission receives a revised third gear ratio and short throw shifter.

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Suspension upgrades consist of Bilstein dampers. 

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Like all WRX STI models for 2018, the Type RA also features stronger brake calipers and larger cross-drilled rotors in all corners.

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Type RA stands for "Record Attempt." 

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The cabin of the Type RA boasts Recaro seats with red bolsters and accent stitching.

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Subaru's Starlink infotainment system comes standard on the Type RA with a 7-inch touchscreen display capable of running both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA starts at $48,995. Destination is an additional $860. 

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