Here's How You Can Spot A Real Subaru WRX STI Type RA

The 2018 Subaru WRX Type RA is a fierce performance car with a big personality and a bad attitude. It’s also a collector’s item, since Subaru’s currently claiming only 500 will be built. Here are the details that make the special edition stand out.


The Type RA is something of a “commemorative car” to the Nürburgring Ring Record Attempt (hence RA) race car that set a blistering 6:57.5 lap time at the famous track.

The $50,000 sport sedan gets a modest power increase, short-throw shifter, some more acceleration-biased gearing and unique stiff suspension that make it hilariously fun to drive.

It also has a big wing, gold 19-inch BBS wheels, air vents a carbon fiber roof, and a few little extra badges. But since it seems like almost every WRX has at least a few modifications that look like that, I thought you might enjoy this spotter’s guide video to help determine if you are indeed in the presence of one of the few real RAs out there.

Don’t be fooled by fakers! We are here to help.

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