It’s official: Subaru’s teaser from two weeks ago was not for the long-awaited STI version of the Subaru BRZ. Instead, it was for this special edition of the BRZ only for Japan called the Subaru BRZ tS.
In Japan, “tS” is a designation for Subaru models that stands for “tuned by STI.” Although STI does produce high-powered factory performance models like the Subaru Impreza WRX STI for the U.S., this tS package is more of a factory performance handling kit for the BRZ rather than a full performance model.
Enhancements for the Subaru BRZ tS include a more aggressive tires, Brembo brakes, an STI tuned suspension, modified stability control programming, and special STI 18-inch wheels. Styling changes amount to an STI front spoiler along with multiple STI badges to designate the special model. The interior is modified as well, with an STI designed shift knob, a different start/stop button, tS-branded side sills, and STI logos on the seats, gauges, and steering wheel. A GT package is also available, which adds black aluminum wheels, a special rear spoiler, and a Recaro driver’s seat. There are no changes to the 2.0-liter, 200-hp four-cylinder boxer engine.
The Subaru BRZ tS will be sold only in Japan with a maximum capacity of 500 units, including a maximum of 250 for the GT Package. The BRZ tS will go on sale this month, and Japanese buyers must pre-order the car by March 2014. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though we will see this special Subaru BRZ tS in the U.S. anytime soon. Still, reports are constantly circulating about more power for the Toyobaru sports car twins, so fans of these rear-wheel-drive, inexpensive coupes can still hold out hope for a factory performance model sometime in the future.