Well this took us by surprise. All eyes have been on Subaru for the coming of a BRZ in STI form. Here it is, sort of. Introducing the Subaru BRZ tS that's been developed by Subaru's STI division. Unlike its Subaru WRX STI brother the BRZ tS will lack the forced induction many enthusiasts are begging for. Instead of power the STI division focused enhancement on the handling performance of the Subaru BRZ. Subaru of Japan says the BRZ tS will offer a driver, "oneness with vehicle and agile handling pleasure."
So what exactly is different in the Subaru BRZ tS? The car comes with Brembo ventilated disc brakes, surrounded by 18-inch aluminum wheels. A new front under spoiler has been designed by STI and new STI/ tS ornaments have been stamped around the car. Owners will have the STI logo on the speedometer to evoke driving excitement and the pleasure of ownership.
You can also opt for the "GT Package," which is more suited for motorsport enthusiasts. The package adds an STI designed dry carbon rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum black colored BBS wheels, and Recaro seats.
Only 500 units will be produced; 250 of those units will include the GT Package. It must be pre-ordered by March 9, 2014. Sorry America, no news on the Subaru BRZ tS coming our way. However, for our friends back in the Japan it comes with a price tag of 3.66 million Yen for the 6-speed manual gearbox to 3.74 million Yen for the 6-speed automatic. That's roughly $37,489 to $38,309 USD.
Feature Highlights of BRZ tS
Wheels and Suspension 225/40ZR18 (92Y) tires (Michelin Pilot Super Sport) STI designed 18-inch x 7 1/2J aluminum wheels (silver) Brembo front 17-inch opposed 4-pot ventilated disc brake with "STI" logo Brembo rear 17-inch opposed 2-pot ventilated disc brake with "STI" logo STI designed rear suspension link with pillow ball bush (trailing link front, lateral link front inside & rear inside) STI tuned strut and STI coil springs for front suspension STI tuned damper and STI coil springs for rear suspension STI designed flexible tower bar, front STI designed flexible draw stiffener, front STI designed large-diameter driveshaft Exclusively tuned VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) Exclusively tuned filter for Sound Creator(r)*2
Exterior STI designed front under spoiler STI designed front fender garnish with "STI" logo "STI" ornament (front & rear), "tS" ornament (rear)
Interior Exclusive front seat with "STI" logo and red stitch [Alcantara(r)*3 (gray punching) / leather (gray), "STI" logo, gray stitch, front seat heater, SRS side airbag] Exclusive leather lapped steering wheel (with "STI" ornament and red stitch) STI designed leather shift knob (manual transmission) / select lever (automatic transmission) with "STI" logo Exclusive speedometer with "STI" logo Exclusive speedometer visor [Alcantara(r) (black), black stitch] Carbon tone instrument panel STI designed push engine switch with "STI" logo (red) Exclusive aluminum side sill plate with "tS" logo STI designed leather access key cover (red)
GT Package Highlights STI designed 18-inch x 7 1/2J aluminum wheels (black) STI designed dry carbon rear spoiler (2 angle adjustable) Recaro designed front bucket seat [Alcantara(r) (gray punching) / leather (gray), "STI" logo, gray stitch, SRS side airbag]
The Subaru BRZ was made as one of Motor Trend's 2012 Best Driver's Car Contender.