Hotter Subaru BRZ revealed

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But Japan-only limited-edition offers no performance boost
It was officially teased earlier this month and now Subaru has released images and full details of its first factory-modified BRZ since the boxer-engined sports coupe went on sale here last July.

As expected, the bad news is the ‘BRZ tS’ is a special-edition model only for Japan and comes with no extra performance, which has been the one criticism of the BRZ and its twin model, Toyota’s 86.

Limited to just 500 examples, including 250 GT Package versions, the BRZ tS goes on sale in Japan today.

Additions include STI-tuned suspension, a larger-diameter driveshaft, ventilated Brembo brake discs, silver 18-inch alloy wheels, an STI front under-spoiler and ‘STI’/’’tS’ logos on the front quarter and speedo.

In addition, the motorsport-oriented tS GT Package offers an ST “dry carbon” rear spoiler, black BBS18-inch alloys and Recaro front buckets seats.

See the full specs list below.

BRZ tS specifications:
225/40ZR18 (92Y) tyres (Michelin Pilot Super Sport)
STI designed 18-inch x 7.5-inch aluminium wheels (silver)
Brembo front 17-inch opposed four-pot ventilated disc brake with ‘STI’ logo
Brembo rear 17-inch opposed two-pot ventilated disc brake with ‘STI’ logo
STI designed rear suspension link with pillow ball bush (trailing link front, lateral link front inside & rear inside)
STI tuned strut and STI coil springs for front suspension
STI tuned damper and STI coil springs for rear suspension
STI designed flexible tower bar, front
STI designed flexible draw stiffener, front
STI designed large-diameter driveshaft
Exclusively-tuned VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control)
Exclusively-tuned filter for Sound Creator
STI designed front under spoiler
STI designed front fender garnish with ‘STI’ logo
Exclusively-made ‘STI’ ornament (front & rear), ‘tS’ ornament (rear)
Exclusively-made front seat with ‘STI’ logo and red stitch
Alcantara / leather greay trim with ‘STI’ logo
Exclusively-made leather wrapped steering wheel (with ‘STI’ ornament and red stitch)
STI designed leather shift knob (manual transmission)/select lever (automatic transmission) with ‘STI’ logo
Exclusively-made speedometer with ‘STI’ logo
Exclusively-made speedometer visor (Alcantara (black), black stitch)
Carbon tone instrument panel
STI designed push engine switch with ‘STI’ logo (red)
Exclusively-made aluminium side sill plate with ‘tS’ logo
STI designed leather access key cover (red)

GT Package:
STI designed 18-inch x 7.5-inch aluminium wheels (black)
STI designed dry carbon rear spoiler (2 angle adjustable)
Recaro designed front bucket seat
Alcantara/leather grey seat trim with ‘STI’ logo, grey stitch


Story by Matt Pettendy, as can be viewed at

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