WRX STI Spec C RA-R

BY LOUIS CORDONY

THE LEGEND surrounding Subaruís Impreza WRX STI 22B is so big itís easy to forget the brand made anything else as great. But the 2007 Impreza WRX STI Spec C RA-R stressed its importance almost in the length of its name alone.

While RA-R stood for ĎRecord Attempt - Radicalí, Subaru created its ultimate track car without the headline-grabbing Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time that now feels customary.

This model began with an STI Spec C (which stood for ĎCompetitioní) that already came with lighter glass, a thinner roof, a water-spray system for the intercooler, no sound deadening and a hatch in the roof for when the air conditioning was off. The radio was ditched as well.

The RA-R then used the Japanese-marketís special STI-tuned 2.0-litre EJ20 turbocharged boxer engine, fitted with a ball-bearing twin-scroll IHI turbo that helped it deliver 235kW at 6400rpm and 431Nm at 4400rpm. A new ECU set the redline at 8000rpm, and it howled through a titanium exhaust. You also shifted through the six-speed manual transmission with a unique gear knob.