Fans of the Subaru WRX outside of Japan will be both happy and sad to hear this. A sweet limited edition WRX STI Type RA-R has been announced and the car is limited to 500 units. The catch is that the car is for Japan only. It is intended to be lighter and better performing than other STI models.
The RA-R is 30kg lighter than S208 and S207 models and 10kg lighter than the base WRX STI. Along with less weight, the car also gets an EJ20 Balanced Boxer engine making 329PS. The car has an improved intercooler for better efficiency and more power.
Subaru fits the RA-R with front inverted struts and lowering coil springs and rear dampers with lowering coil springs. It rolls on matte black BBS 18×8.5 wheels. Front and rear brakes are vented Brembo units. The turbo is a twin-scroll ball bearing unit and the car has lots of STI touches for style and performance. The car will be sold from July 19 through December 17 of this year with pricing at 4,998,240 JPY (about $45,000).