Subaru WRX STI NR4 Spec Australia Bound
It’s the FIA-approved, turnkey racer you’ve always dreamed of and it’s heading for Australia.
In a press release just three days ago, Subaru Australia announced that they will be importing a limited number of WRX STI motorsport cars.
The turn-key racer, which has been dubbed the WRX STI NR4 Spec and is designed exclusively for racing, is not strictly street legal in Australia, but does comply with the FIA’s NR4 regulations.
On first glance, you could be forgiven for not spotting the differences between the NR4 Spec and a stock WRX STI – they’re subtle. However, scratch the surface and you’ll find that the NR4 Spec has been fitted with adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers on every corner and AP Racing brake callipers on both its front and back axles.
Even though we don’t have any pictures of the interior yet, Subaru promise a wealth of racing goodies, including a three-spoke steering wheel, rubber floor mats, WRX STI gains Sparco fibreglass bucket seats – complete with six-point harnesses – and both an in-built fire extinguisher system and auxiliary hand-held extinguisher.
Would-be racers can even choose whether to fit the mandatory roll cage themselves or have it fitted during the production process.
Under the bonnet, the NR4 Spec boasts a 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-four engine, which is bolted to a five-speed dog-gear transmission.
While Subaru have not yet made the full Australian specs available, the English model pumps out 280-horsepower and its two-stage boost system takes care of any potential turbo lag.
Subaru say that the base model will start at $38,000, inc. GST, ex. Port Kembla.
Nick Senior, MD for Subaru Australia, said: “Current production WRX and WRX STI have taken interest in these turbocharged legends back to the peak levels we saw in the late 1990s, and with that has come a whole new wave of interest in using them for motorsport activities.
“These cars represent fantastic value for motorsport enthusiasts that want the amazing All-Wheel Drive advantage that has made WRX such a legend over the past 20 plus years.”
It seems that when performance enthusiasts and professional teams speak, Subaru Australia listen.