That’s right, the ‘tS’ in the name refers to ‘tuned by STI’ and only 300 units of this limited-edition model will be sold at a cost of 3,990,000 to 4,071,000 yen (RM121,803 to RM124,295) depending on the specifications chosen.
The new BRZ tS employs STI-developed suspension and chassis upgrades which include, among other things: lateral link with pillow ball bush (front inside, rear inside), front suspension (inverted-strut front suspension) and coil springs, rear damper and coil springs, flexible V-shaped bar, flexible draw stiffener (front), and large-diameter drive shaft.
STI has also gone to work to tune the BRZ tS’ Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and for a better aural experience, did the same for the Sound Creator filter as well. The car also receives 18-inch aluminium wheels wrapped in 225/40ZR18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres which are stopped by Brembo brakes front and rear.
Under the hood, the familiar FA20 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine still produces 200hp and 205Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or automatic transmission with the former allowing for the more affordable price tag.
On the outside, the BRZ tS receives a few cosmetic updates. New front and rear bumpers, LED lamps, black coloured door mirros and roof antenna, and a generous garnishing of STI badges complete the look.
The cabin receives a similar treatment as well with new Recaro-designed front bucket seats that are upholstered in black leather and Alcantara including parts of the door trim for starters. Elsewhere, the steering wheel, gear knob, instruments, and push-start button are all designed by STI and feature the STI logo on them. A “tS Limited Edition 300” ornament indicates to passengers that this is something special.
Subaru is looking to make the STI performance brand as recognisable as BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG brands are and with the introduction of the Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept in New York and this BRZ tS is a good start.