Subaru BRZ tS Arrives in Japan With STI Goods

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The Subaru BRZ tS has been unleashed in Japan.

According to Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the Subaru BRZ tS is an STI-tuned package that achieves both “agile handling performance evoking a racing car” and “a high-quality ride” at a high level. Although it’s not quite the turbocharged BRZ STI model that enthusiasts have been hoping for, STI did outfit the rear-wheel-drive sports car with a plethora of goodies.

The modifications start with a selection of suspension upgrades including STI-tuned front suspension and coil springs, rear damper and coil springs, lateral link with pillow ball bushings, flexible V-shaped bar, and a flexible draw stiffener. Brake upgrades include 17-inch Brembo front disk brakes with four-piston calipers while the rear also has 17-inch rotors matched to two-piston calipers. The unique wheels are STI-designed 18-inch rollers finished in black paired with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber in 225/40/18 sizing.

SEE ALSO: Subaru BRZ STI Coming to US

On the outside, the BRZ tS’s styling gets more aggressive with a front under spoiler, STI and tS emblems, black mirrors, black roof antenna and fender garnish. Inside, there’s also plenty of STI logos with an exclusive speedometer, carbon tone instrument panel and an exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel. Colors available on the Subaru BRZ tS include Sunrise Yellow, WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl and Crystal Black Silica.

Unfortunately, engine performance hasn’t been enhanced, so buyers will still get the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Discuss this story at our Subaru BRZ Forum

  • disqus_n6uKkgGyzJ

    This still surprises me. Everyone already knows that the FRS/BRZ handles great, but the common complaint is a lack of power! Bringing in the STi team in on this car is the perfect excuse to go FI.

  • smartacus

    the flexible draw stiffener is a V-shaped brace linking the body and crossmember.
    -kinda sorta like an X-brace under an E36 M3 convertible.

  • anthony rowland

    subaru/toyota: until you bring more power, shut up!

  • Mike Mortenson

    I think it’s funny – I’m a previous BRZ owner – that the BRZ already is a great handling car, just under powered. So Subaru makes it better handling but does not address any HP bump and it will carry the STi premium.

  • Daniel

    They should of just bumped the HP by 20-30 and the torque by 40-50

  • tayl0rd

    I’m a year late to this party, but there’s no way this car is going to have 17″ brake rotors. For one, that would be the largest brake disks ever fitted to a street car, including supercars! For another, an 18″ wheel wouldn’t even fit over a 17″ brake rotor and the caliper. I’m thinking somebody fat-fingered the number pad and hit 7 (twice) when they meant to hit 4.