Subaru BRZ tS: Japan-only model on sale

The production version of the limited edition Japan-only� Subaru BRZ tS has been� revealed by the company�??s performance arm, Subaru Tecnica International� (STI).

First seen earlier this month� in concept form, the Subaru BRZ tS sports several upgrades over the regular BRZ, although none affect the base car�??s 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre non-turbo boxer four-cylinder engine. Instead, Subaru describes the tS as an �??enhanced�?� variant.

Available in two model grades, the tS is effectively� a BRZ with most of the STI catalog bolted to it �?"� not unlike Australia�??s own� BRZ S� �?"� and is offered in standard tS guise and a more hardcore tS GT Package.

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The BRZ tS adopts Brembo four-pot front, two-pot rear ventilated disc brakes, 18-inch aluminium wheels, and an STI designed front under spoiler. The car also gains several �??STI�?? badges including on its grille, front-fender and speedometer. According to Subaru, these aim to �??evoke driver excitement and pleasure of ownership.�?�

The car also features beefed up suspension components, a retuned stability-control system and a new filter for the car�??s �??Sound Creator�??.

Inside, there are smatterings of carbonfibre and Alcantara trim, as well as red-stitching for the seats and steering wheel, helping to spice things up over the standard car.

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The high-grade GT package also adds a prominent carbonfibre rear spoiler, black 18-inch wheels and Recaro front bucket seats.

Despite it�??s connection to STI, the tS is not a full-house BRZ STI many have been waiting for. Instead, �??tS�?? is used to signify STI�??s tuning involvement with the car and has� previously been applied to cars such as the�?�

Limited to 500 units, less than half of which will be fitted with the GT Package, the� Subaru BRZ tS is to be sold exclusively inside its home market and� won�??t be sold in Australia.

Let�??s hope it�??s a sign of more to come from Subaru and STI.

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