Subaru BRZ, the only coupe rear-wheel drive offering in the Subaru lineup. While for some time now, the U.S. got WRX STI, but offerings from performance division Subaru Tecnica International have been mild for this market. That’s about to change, at least slightly. STI will do a little brand building. And that’s why 2018 Subaru BRZ tS will reach North American shore.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS – Design Changes
The tS, of course, as its name says isn’t a fully fledged STI. It’s a mild deviation which stands for “tuned by STI”. And what did they tune? On the exterior, BRZ tS comes with new front splitter and side skirts. The car rides on unique 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. Behind the wheel spokes, we can see red Brembo brakes. Most notable feature is big manually adjustable rear wing made from carbon fiber. Aside from that, there are also red accents on the grille and rear bumper along the tS badging. There are three exterior colors to choose from, WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, and Crystal White Pearl.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS – Interior
There are also upgrades to the interior. Inside we can find black Alcantara leather upholstery with contrast red stitching. There is also red color throughout the interior, on door panels, instrument cluster, and steering wheel. The front seats have red bolsters, while the seatbacks have tS badge on them. The seatbelts also come in red.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS – Stock Engine
There are some mechanical upgrades to ensure BRZ precise handling, and improving stability and control. There are new draw stiffeners as well as Sachs dampers and coil springs. The engine compartment got flexible V-braces. So what’s tuned? The engine certainly isn’t. It’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. While we hoped for little extra power, that won’t be the case.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS – Release Date
The new BRZ tS will arrive in the first quarter of 2018. While there still isn’t exact info about pricing, we know that there will be only 500 models available. So be sure to order early. Among its main competitors is Honda Civic Type R.