Limited to just 100 units Canada-wide, the tS—short for tuned by STI—the BRZ is the second vehicle in Canada to bear the STI insignia.
“The BRZ has always been about the thrill of the drive, and this new special edition model takes that concept even further,” said Subaru Canada, Inc. president, chairman and CEO Yasushi Enami. “This is the ultimate expression of driving enjoyment the Subaru and STI brands have been built on.”
The tS trim is considered a model for enhanced handling and response over the base model. As such, the 2018 BRZ tS builds on the excitement offered by the BRZ with a particular focus on improved driving dynamics.
The new BRZ tS adds STI-tuned front and rear SACHS dampers and coil springs, as well as flexible V-bars in the engine compartment, and new draw stiffeners to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response.
Its 18-inch STI alloy wheels are offered for the first time on the BRZ, and they come wrapped in 215/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires for superior grip and quicker turn-in. Brembo brakes on all four wheels round out the package.
An exclusive STI carbon fibre rear spoiler is manually adjustable to fine-tune rear downforce, and STI front, rear and side underspoilers control airflow for better traction and stability.
An exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accent around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover create an aggressive look, and the rear trunk lid displays the official BRZ tS badge. Exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna, BRZ and Subaru badging all have a black finish.
The cabin is lined with red accents throughout, while the black leather and Alcantara seats have red leather bolsters and the seatbacks are embroidered with the tS logo. Completing the revised look inside are red front seatbelts and a frameless rear-view mirror.
Under the hood is a high-revving 2.0-litre Subaru boxer four-cylinder engine that makes 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes exclusively mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Subaru BRZ tS will be available in World Rally Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Crystal White Pearl exterior colours when it hits dealerships early in the new year carrying an MSRP of $37,395.