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1997 Subaru Impreza STi Version 4 Type RA (Lightweight Competition Spec). White


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Impreza STi Version 4 Type RA (Lightweight Competition Spec).






The Subaru Technica International Version 4 Type RA is THE most interesting and capable of the classic shape Imprezas that can finally once again be imported to the UK. This is the connoisseur`s Impreza - finely honed for maximum performance and capability, this is the most impressive of the breed. STi Version 4 RA denotes this is a lightweight competition spec. This model was only made for the Japanese market. Special high performance features abound - Mechanically this model carries the same spec. as the Type R coupe / P1 UK models and more:Specification: Water jets are fitted above the intercooler these can be operated automatically or at the touch of a button. The steering rack is quick geared for less turns from lock to lock, as engineered by Subaru Technica International. 4 Piston signature front brake calipers give excellent braking performance, as required. Further m improvements from Subaru includes Sti carbon fibre front strut brace an uprated intercooler. The engine is a red top unit - factory blueprinted endowed with stronger internals with a higher 8,000 rpm rev limit. Packing a 280+ bhp punch as standard, although we are able to uprate this easily to 350 bhp + with mild modification. To get 350 bhp, all it needs is an uprated ECU, boost controller and uprated exhaust system, plus UK rolling road mapping to suit. We also strongly recommend fitting a carbon fibre STi 8 styled sized intercooler scoop - as this will force twice the volume of air through the intercooler (All parts, fitting and setting up is available through The gearbox is a close ratio unit with an adjustable centre differential, geared for maximum speed of 155 mph at the red line. The electronically adjustable centre differential allows any range between a fully locked (For very slippery conditions such as snow) all the way to 70% rear and 30% front bias allowing understeer to be dialed out and for power oversteer to be supplied as required. The STi 4 is also distinguishable by it's updated vented bonnet, light green tint on windows, updated and the red and white rear lights. The Sti 4 interior is also of a brighter design than previous versions, with embossed front seats, brushed dark alloy facia around the dials and a Momo SRS steering wheel. This model is also distinguishable by it`s rally styled roof vent, providing effective cooling for the cabin at speed. Note that in the interests of keeping weight to a minimum, no electric mirrors are fitted, although original option electric windows are in this case. The door handles and mirrors are unpainted, typical RA trademark signs for those who know these cars. Note that sound deadening is also less on RA Sti models, again in the interests of keeping weight down to a minimum.
Cosmetics: An original 22B competition style front bumper is fitted complete with a rally style grille. Rear spoiler is a replica of a Version 5 on original spoiler. Enhanced Performance, Handling Safety: An Apexi N1 Evolution exhaust (cat back) system is fitted. This includes a removable baffle. Wheels are OZ Racing Super Turismo - Evolution 17 x 7.0 size, shod with Japan's latest and hottest tyres on the front: Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R. Rear tyres are sporty but less sticky Bridgestone Playz. Size is 215/40-ZR17 at each corner. Suspension coilovers have been uprated with Cusco Comp S units, combined with top camber adjustable mounts at the front, to help dial out the last bit of understeer. Safety and torsional rigidity have been improved by fitting a Cusco Safety 21 Steel 10 point (Bolt in) roll cage. Note this cage can, if preferred be easily removed - the bolt holes sealed and a replacement carpet supplied. Alternatively, if you prefer the cage inside, although the rear seat upright is fitted over the rear mounts, it can easily be removed to attach the two remaining bars, stored in the boot. One diagonally and one between each rear-most mount - giving the car a much more agressive look too. With the RA Sti already being very strong in the handling department, with these additional modifications combined you can expect even better grip and controllability on the limit with this setup - with absolutely no understeer at all!
Test drive: Mechanically and cosmetically, this RA Sti 4 is in excellent condition. Test driving this example revealed no faults at all. It drives perfectly. Boost climbs quickly to peak and holds steady. No noisy hydraulic valve buckets is indicative this car`s oil has been regularly changed. Indeed, it`s still golden coloured from a recent change. Brake discs usually suffer from heavy wear on Imprezas - if driven hard for most of their lives. This example's discs are visually in very unworn condition. Over a bumpy road there were no rattles or squeaks, even with the Cusco coilovers fitted. Clutch has plenty of life left and brakes feel strong and disc-warp free (Another usual fault on Scoobies - but not on this one!). Performance is also strong and healthy. Clearly this feels like a car that hasn't been used hard and has been well maintained. Note that tyres are each about 1/3rd worn only. Interior: Original fitted mats are also fitted. Note - there is no audio included with this car, although there are uprated speakers. If desired, we can supply a 1 DIN blanking box - so a UK hifi can easily be fitted within the remaining space. The steering wheel has some minor scratching and there is some creasing of the fabric on the horizontal part of the driver's seat. Also, there's a small white mark - this will come off with valetting, we expect.Exterior: Both nearside wheels have some kerbing scratches. These can be repaired through a specialist if preferred - at cost. To check the bodywork carefully, we washed this car and noted: There's a dent on the leading edge of the o/s sill. There's some minor scratches (May be polishable!) to the nearside corner of the front bumper. The replica Sti 5 rear spoiler has a crack along half the base. Each of these faults will be repaired professionally and included in the price if the full en. We also noticed some very light pin dents on the n/s/f and o/s/r doors. These are almost too small to notice, but all the same are mentioned here! - Again, these will be professionally repaired as part of full UK OTR price. Since April 2004, a model report has been required when SVA testing any car newer than 10 years old on application for first UK registration. Although there are model reports for Sti 7 8 models, there are none available for the classic STi Imprezas. This mean that until recently, pre-1997 Imprezas could not be imported to the UK. This is the first we are importing in 2 years! As most pre 1997 Imprezas in Japan are too tired nowadays, or just too expensive if in top condition and low mileage - we are usually unable to supply Imprezas. We simply won't buy a car that doesn't meet our exacting standards, which is why we selected this outstanding example for stock. This Sti Version 4 Type RA is an outstanding example in every respect. It is the latest model of classic Impreza that can still be imported to the UK at present!
A very rare spec Impreza prepared bt the Subaru Technica Internation factory in concours condition. Inclusive of full UK conversions and de-restriction, new MOT, Paintwork as described, Road Tax, Registration, 12 months comprehensive warranty and a full valet just before collection, this car is priced at £7,950 OTR. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to save, we can supply the car completed, but without paintwork at: £7,600 OTR.
A deposit of £1,000 secures this example for prompt shipment. Please contact us for full information on how to reserve this Sti Version 3 RA Spec.
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