New limited-edition sports sedan gets power bump and reduced weight.
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The Subaru WRX STI Type RA-R has been unveiled for the Japanese market, sporting a more powerful engine, less weight, and unique equipment when compared to the 'standard' car.

It's pretty much Japan's version of the WRX STI Type RA revealed for the US market for the US, commemorating the STI's 30th anniversary.

Key specifications include a 10-kilogram weight drop compared to the standard WRX STI, and an uprated engine tune from the Subaru S208, meaning the 2.0-litre turbocharged 'boxer' engine now makes a healthy 242kW of power and 432Nm of torque.

By comparison the WRX STI sold here gets an older 2.5-litre turbo boxer engine making 221kW and 407Nm.

While exact performance figures are not detailed, Subaru says the Type RA-R brings enhanced "speed" and "enjoyment".

Other features include Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, Brembo brakes, a performance exhaust system, matte-black BBS 18-inch alloy wheels, unique dampers and coil springs, cherry red exterior accents, carbon-fibre side mirror covers, and a fixed rear wing – though that can be de-selected for a more understated look, if desired.

Inside, there's also cloth-trimmed sports seats with contrasting red stitching, leather-look door inserts and centre armrest with contrasting red stitching, and a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.

Production of the WRX STI Type RA-R is limited to 500 units, exclusively for the Japanese market. The special-edition Rex is priced from 4,998,240 Japanese Yen (including taxes), which works out to $60,854.