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by Jay Traugott
With an all-new WRX due to arrive in the coming months, Subaru is giving the current model a nice farewell - in Japan at least.
What you’re looking at will more than likely be the last version of the current generation WRX before its replacement arrives later this year or early next. The 2013 WRX STI tS TYPE RA features a number of upgrades such as new steering ratio, Brembo brakes on all four wheels and six-piston calipers up front, new suspension struts, coil springs and 18" wheels. The exterior can be had in the unique Tangerine Orange Pearl paint but additional colors are also offered. The side mirrors, front lip spoiler and wheels are available only in black.
In addition, buyers can add the NBR Challenge Package that tacks on a carbon-fiber rear wing, BBS forged aluminum wheels, and Alcantara bucket seats. That package is meant to commemorate Subaru’s 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race car. No changes have been made under the hood and just 300 examples are planned, all of which are sedans and only 200 can be had with the NBR pack. But there’s a catch to all of this. The WRX STI tS TYPE RA will only be sold in Japan. No word yet on whether Subaru will offer some sort of final edition US-spec WRX STI, but we think the upcoming fourth-gen model will very much be worth the wait.