2018 Subaru BRZ TS is Built for the Corners, Not the Straights

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Subaru has finally given its enthusiast fans in the U.S. what they want. Sort of.

Meet the Subaru BRZ tS, a car that comes with plenty of bolt-on parts designed by STI, but sadly, no increase in power.

Still, the tS sounds like a formidable package, adding new Sachs dampers and coil springs, flexible V-braces in the engine compartment, a stiffer chassis, and a stiffer subframe. These additions are on top of the latest improvements made to the standard BRZ, which include a thicker transmission cross member, reinforcements at the rear-wheel housings, and a thicker bracket behind the strut tower brace.

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Those are all the upgrades you can’t see, but there plenty of visible improvements making the car better. An adjustable carbon fiber rear spoiler is fitted along with a front splitter and new side skirts to help with aerodynamics. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires wrapped around 18-inch wheels will provide traction while Brembo brakes will bring the car to a stop.

Purely for style, the tS receives red accents and a black finish for the mirror caps, roof antenna and tS badging. On the inside, the red accents continue and are contrasted by black leather and Alcantara upholstery.

As mentioned, power still comes from a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine making 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.

The car will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018 and just 500 versions will be built.

Discuss this story at our Subaru BRZ Forum

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Pbug56 Pbug56 on Jun 08, 2017

    500 versions? Each one different? I love Subaru, but why won't they put a bit strong engine in? Hey, my Forester handles fairly well, but its lack of acceleration is a bit pathetic. And it's not a sports car.

  • 'Murika 'Murika on Jun 09, 2017

    People forget that tS has been around in Japan for a while. The forester has a tS trim as well. In Japan, handling mods are far more popular than adding power. Part of this is due to their road infrastructure. The BRZ was never meant to be a powerful car. It was meant to be a driver's car. The Miata is another car build with a specific purpose in mind.