Subaru has built a reputation for building sporty cars, even if most of these vehicles are either high-riding SUVs or everyday compact cars. Thanks to technologies such as Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and horizontally opposed engines, the carmaker manages to achieve the ideal weight balance that makes driving really fun. Even the drive to the corner grocery store can actually be a treat.
So one shouldn’t be surprised that the rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ can handle as good as its AWD brethren. After all, the low center of gravity--thanks in part to the boxer mill up front and the RWD layout--does make it the tool of choice when carving up and down the twisties. But what if you could take all that goodness and add just a bit more driving fun, with a little help from tuning arm Subaru Tecnica International?
This is what Subaru has done to the new BRZ tS. Taking the already hot BRZ, STI adds a slew of exterior, interior and mechanical bits to make the car even more desirable inside and out. The tuning and motorsports division starts out by tweaking the suspension and underpinnings with STI parts: STI lateral link with pillow bushings, STI-tuned inverted front and rear coil-spring setup, STI strut bars, Brembo brakes, and STI driveshaft. It even threw in a specially tuned Vehicle Dynamics Control system, and a "Sound Creator" to give the car a unique noise all its own.
The BRZ tS likewise gets a unique front under-spoiler, exclusive front and rear bumpers with red accents, black side mirrors, roof-mounted shark’s fin antenna, and exclusive STI logos and tS ornaments front and rear. The look is finished off with black 18-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile 225/40 Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. Plus, you can choose from four exterior colors: Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, Sunrise Yellow, and WR Blue Pearl.
An STI upgrade wouldn’t be complete without giving the cabin the same special treatment. Drivers will revel in the specially designed speedometer that comes with an STI logo, visor with Alcantara and red stitching, carbon-fiber accents on the instrument panel, leather-lined steering wheel and gearshift knob, and exclusively designed Recaro front seats trimmed in a combination of leather and Alcantara bearing the STI logo. Apart from these, a host of STI and tS logos are scattered all over the interior, including the red push-button starter.
This BRZ will still be powered by the same 2.0-liter naturally aspirated FA20 horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that puts out 200hp at 7,000 rpm and 205Nm at 4,000-6,600 rpm. It isn’t the most potent motor out there, but combine it with that suspension and low center of gravity and you’ve got a car that’s willing to play any time you’re game. And with the new STI bits, it just got a lot more fun behind the wheel.
The Subaru BRZ tS is available only in Japan and is limited to just 300 units.