1: What does "RA" stand for?
2 What is the "Model Code"?
1: RA stands for "Race Altered"
2: The model code is a seven digit code used to identify each model in the range. Series code: G=Impreza S=Forester B=Legacy
Body type: F=Wagon C=Sedan
Engine type: 8=2.0L Turbo
Year code: A=MY93 B=MY94 C=MY95/96 D=MY97 E=MY98 F=MY99 G=MY00
Number of doors: 2=2 door coupe 4=4 door saloon 5=5 door sports wagon
Model type: 8= WRX 7= Type RA E = STi D =STi Type R & RA
Transmission: D=5 Speed Manual AWD P=4 Speed Automatic AWD
This code is found on the VIN plate in the engine bay.
The following list breaks down the code reading from left to right.
Broken down, the model code of an MY 95 WRX STi Type RA would be GC8C47D.
G : Impreza
C : Sedan (saloon)
8 : 2.0 Turbo
C : MY95 - click here for MY info
4 : 4 doors
7 : Type RA - (Please note, the STi was modified from the production WRX, which explains the similarity in model codes - later STis & RAs has a designated letter & not a number)
D : 5 speed manual