Subaru Releases Japan-Only WRX S4 tSLive Life Drive
This isn't the first model we've seen bearing the tS badge, but the new Subaru WRX S4 tS follows on from its predecessor. Much of the changes are aesthetic, although it's worth noting that the engine powering this particular Subaru is the FA20 with direct injection, but pushed to 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque- which is a fair bit more than our local WRX models. The WRX S4 tS comes exclusively with the Lineartronic CVT, with an additional oil cooler to keep it within operating temperatures.
Just like the S207 that came earlier, the WRX S4 tS picks up some additional goodies in the suspension department. There's a flexible strut bar across the front towers, the Dampmatic II adjustable front suspension, and an active torque vectoring system that favours spirited driving. Brakes are uprated to Brembo 4-pot calipers and discs on the front for the additional stopping power.
Besides integrating Subaru's Eye Sight active safety system, there are also various other changes to make the WRX S4 tS a special model. The 19-inch forged BBS alloys, along with the red pinstriping on the front grille and rear bumper, and a low profile radio antenna are the more obvious differences. Opt for the NBR Challenge Package (to commemorate Subaru's success at the Nurburgring) and you get blacked out alloys instead and a big old spoiler on the back as well. The front seats are replaced with a pair of STI-Spec Recaro buckets and a special instrument cluster replaces the standard unit.
The model is limited to the Japanese market, although you may eventually find a grey import that makes its way down here. To be honest, the changes here aren't impossible to make on a standard WRX- although it would probably cost a pretty penny to purchase each individual component. It's a shame that Subaru's performance products aren't more popular locally, as they have plenty to offer from a driving pleasure perspective.