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  • Hello everyone and welcome in this video we are checking out the 2018 Subaru WRX STI

  • Type RA that type RA standing for

  • record attempt

  • Dating back to a records attempted Subaru did and then this name has stuck around the type RA so it has some changes

  • versus

  • the standard

  • STI

  • You've got a new intake. You've got a new exhaust the exhaust alone giving about two additional horsepower reducing back pressure by 50%

  • They have actually now sodium filled

  • exhaust

  • Valves which are just on the type RA to help pull some of that heat away from the combustion chamber

  • They have new Pistons

  • they say you know the reason behind the Pistons is for the slight amount of additional horsepower and also because

  • They want this vehicle to be able to just go out on the track running all day

  • They know that the people buying a type array

  • You know or the type that might?

  • Might want to take it to a track and as a result. They want to make sure that those pistons are good

  • So they've strengthened up the pistons a bit and with a retuned calibration for the engine

  • You get five more horsepower

  • So a little disappointing and that they didn't change the horsepower and that you know a 2007 type r AR in japan was making

  • 320 horsepower and eleven years later

  • We're making 310 horsepower torque is unchanged 290 pound feet the torque curve

  • however has improved on the lower range so from

  • 2000 to 3000 RPM they have improved it a bit

  • And they've also changed out the third gear ratio so four point five percent more aggressive third gear ratio

  • so in combination with slightly more power slightly more

  • To work on the low end you know you and perhaps feel a difference

  • It feels quick honestly, and I'm going uphill and it feels like a good responsive engine. I'm keeping in the sweet spot about 4000 here

  • There's definitely turbo lag as is associated with this engine from 2004 essentially you know changes have been made to it

  • But the engine does date back a good ways one of the things

  • I really like about this is the steering wheel itself I wouldn't say I necessarily feel a huge difference in

  • Steering feel versus the standard STI, but the steering wheel itself is super nice. It's got a nice comfort to it

  • It's not leather wrapped. It's got this suede

  • Alcantara wrap to it which feels wonderful

  • Nice amount of like squishiness to it. That's the world

  • I'm going to use to describe, but I do really like the steering wheel so what are their changes have been made to the car

  • Versus the base STI well, it's got a carbon-fiber roof that has pulled out eight pounds of weight

  • And it has lowered the center of gravity just pulling out the roof has lowered the center of gravity two millimeters

  • They've got new wheels so now it's on 19-inch wheels

  • versus the 18s

  • They pulled out weight in several different areas

  • They say the total weight difference between this and a base STI with Recaros is

  • 68 pounds so a decent amount of weight that they have been able to pull out of it 68 pounds lighter than the base

  • STI with Recaro seats so how does it feel driving?

  • Good actually it feels it feels quite good. It's there's a little lightness to the steering feel

  • Not you know

  • I was just driving the BRZ TS and I feel like the steering feedback and feel on that car is superior to this

  • STI RA

  • But you know it does what you want it to do as far as the steering is concerned

  • I'd just say that the feedback isn't quite there, and it's a bit light

  • versus the BRC

  • Ts it communicates a bit more with you

  • Throttle pedal you do have turbo lag

  • If you keep it up in these higher rpms and part of the fact that they change that gear ratio helps you do that

  • With third gear keeping it an aggressive third gear ratio

  • So keeping it above 4000. Yeah, you still have turbo lag

  • I mean it's certainly there so and this is an engine that wants to be in high rpm to make power and

  • Unfortunately if you're below that the boost threshold is pretty high, but they have changed it a bit by changing that torque curve

  • To you know allow for those lower rpm that lower rpm torque to be there so from 2,000 to 3,000 rpm

  • They have improved the map a bit so I think that's probably a more important story than the fact that they've added five horsepower

  • Now what's the challenge with this vehicle?

  • Well the challenge is that they're charging 50 thousand dollars for it, so you know a base STI is

  • $36,000 this is

  • 49,000 without destination and with destination it's very close to

  • $50,000 that's a lot of money

  • So you get new wheels you get a new suspension

  • It's got Bilstein dampers all around you've got a new engine tuned stronger piston so you can stand on the track all day

  • New intake new exhaust there are a lot of changes carbon fibre roof, but is it

  • $14,000 worth of changes is that improvement there?

  • I don't think it is it has more down force that has vents in the rear for the rear

  • wheels, which actually are functional they help reduce lift and drag this actually has a

  • 1.4. Percent lower drag coefficient versus the base STI which is interesting because you know they've worked on improving the downforce so they have improved

  • It aerodynamically

  • but

  • The you know what are you paying for it and part of it like?

  • Realistically has to be said that you're paying for that type of a badge. There's only going to be 500 of these made

  • There's only going to be 500 of the BRZ ts

  • Made and so you know it's a limited edition

  • there are some people who really love these sti's I used to own one it was a

  • solid fun car

  • And and you're gonna pay a premium for that so there's a fifty thousand dollar price tag on a car that isn't gonna perform

  • Necessarily as a fifty thousand dollar price car should but it has some cool unique features to it that are exclusive to this

  • version of the STI that you don't get you know with the base STI

  • And you can't get otherwise so it is cool what they've done. It is an enjoyable car to drive

  • I'm gonna get some time to drive it a little bit later on the track and see how I like it there

  • One of the things I do want to say I have been driving the BRZ TS as well

  • And I think the biggest change there

  • Ts standing for tuned by STI the biggest noticeable change at least for me is the tire so they've gone from the primacy tires

  • Which are low grip, a lot of fun

  • In a BRZ because you can get the tail out

  • And they've switched over to michelin ps4s tires so the pilot sport fours

  • And those tires have so much more grip than the primacy tires. You can really thrash

  • that

  • BRZ now and not go over the limit of grip

  • Which is interesting,I think it's going to be cool on the track

  • I think for daily driving like, I would never recommend someone to get worse tires from a safety standpoint or performance standpoint

  • But the car is fun with tires that have not quite as much grip because it's a bit more tossable

  • It's a bit more playful

  • It is really cool with the ps4s tires though and having that additional grip

  • it

  • Turns it into a different car and it really would allow it for you know if you're gonna modify that current put more power into

  • It those ps4s tires are really gonna. Let you take advantage of it

  • So really enjoy driving the BRZ. I love the steering feel in it. I love the tire update

  • I think it's a wonderful car. You know the power isn't there like everyone wants it to be, but it's a fun

  • Really well behaved very good drivers car this STI is a bit updated. So if you like the current STI

  • It's not a huge difference. You've got a bit more low-end torque

  • And and five more horsepower a bit more aerodynamic. You can actually adjust the rear wing, but overall you know it's not

  • Leaps and miles ahead of what the current STI is it drives very similarly it feels very similarly

  • They do for 2018 they introduced six pot

  • Brakes on the front so six pot Brembos rather than four pot two pots still in the rear and so that is an update that

  • Goes for all sti's not just this one so a lot of exclusive stuff just for the Type RA

  • But as far as the brakes up front they upgraded that

  • For both the regular STI and the type alright the type RA does get drilled rotors

  • Where I don't believe the 2018 does so specific to this vehicle drilled rotors?

  • And those upgraded great upgraded brakes, so you know some minor changes, but a lot of changes overall

  • And it does you know kind of add to a more fun feel and a more exclusive feel certainly with this car

  • So thank you guys for watching if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below

Hello everyone and welcome in this video we are checking out the 2018 Subaru WRX STI

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