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.
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.