2018 Subaru BRZ tS unveiled with aero and suspension upgrades
Sadly, STI has ignored the coupé's engine department
The long-awaited 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is finally here, with all its STI tuning goodies — minus a more powerful engine.
The automaker says the tS delivers the highest level of "fun to drive" and "pure handling delight" thanks to its greater flexibility, better control, and stability.
Subaru Tecnica International (STI) engineers have focused their attention on the BRZ's suspension and chassis, adding front and rear Sachs dampers and coil springs, as well as flexible V-braces in the engine compartment.
In addition, new draw stiffeners are added to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response. The list of upgrades also includes 18-inch lightweight STI rims (18-inch wheels are for the first time fitted to a BRZ), shod with 215/40 R18 Micheline Pilot Sport 4 tires, as well as Brembo brakes at all four corners.
When it comes to looks, the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is easily recognizable thanks to the exclusive STI rear carbon fiber wing, which is manually adjustable to fine-tune rear downforce. Furthermore, the addition of STI front, rear, and side under spoilers help control airflow for better traction and stability.
Minor styling tweaks include the Cherry Blossom Red accent around the front grille and rear bumper cover, and the BRZ tS badge on the rear hatch. The package is rounded out by the black side mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna, and badging. Compared to the standard BRZ, the fog lights have been replaced with STI fog light covers.
Inside, the special edition BRZ features a black leather and Alcantara upholstery with contrasting red stitching and accents throughout the interior. The center console has a cast black finish, with the BRZ tS also featuring standard red front seat belts and a frameless rearview mirror.
As with the 2018 WRX STI Type RA, the BRZ tS will be available in WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, and Crystal White Pearl body colors. The model will arrive in Subaru dealerships in the first quarter of 2018, with only 500 units being built. Specifications and pricing will be announced later this year.