Subaru just announced a wicked new BRZ for 2018.
To answer your questions: no, it’s not an STI and no, it’s not any faster (in a straight line) than the standard one.
But that’s actually ok, because if you wanted a ton of horsepower, you could buy a 2JZ and swap it in and F up some commas. The BRZ isn’t really about winning drag races, it’s about having fun in the turns, and the new tS keeps the theme going.
The new BRZ tS (which is apparently Subaru’s “not quite an STI but it looks a lot like one” trim line) does have a few pretty cool performance upgrades.
The one you’ll notice first is the STI wing, which is carbon fiber and adjustable, but the biggest (lol) additions are the first-on-a-BRZ 18 inch wheels with 215/40 R 18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The tS will also get underspoilers that help with downforce on the front, rear, and sides for the car.
Handling will be beefed up thanks to STI-tuned SACHS struts and springs, flexible engine compartment V-braces and draw stiffeners for the chassis and sub-frame. The BRZ tS will also get Brembo brakes for all four wheels.
Inside, there will be Alcantara black leather with red stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, doors, dashboard, and E-brake boot. The seats will be red leather, which depending on your opinion will either make or break the car to you (personally, the porno-red interior is a huge selling point, but I can see the other side’s argument).
Overall, the tS looks like a race-ready (or date-ready if you’re sold on the red leather) version of the BRZ, but at some point, Subaru has to acknowledge that horsepower sells cars and shoppers are going to look at a performance version of a car with no horsepower advantage and say meh.
Here’s the full press release about the 2018 BRZ Ts
The 2018 BRZ tS (tuned by STI) delivers the highest level of “fun to drive” and “pure handling delight” through greater flexibility, better control and stability.
BRZ is renowned for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, and the new BRZ tS adds STI-tuned front and rear SACHS® dampers and coil springs as well as flexible V-braces in the engine compartment. New draw stiffeners are added to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response. The BRZ tS is also equipped with 18-in. lightweight STI wheels (the first time that a BRZ has been offered with 18-inch wheels) mounted with 215/40 R 18 Michelin Pilot® Sport 4 tires for superior grip and quicker turn-in. Brembo® brakes at all four corners round-out the package.
The exterior also adds a more aggressive look with an exclusive STI rear carbon fiber spoiler. The spoiler is manually adjustable to fine-tune rear downforce. The addition of STI front, rear and side underspoilers helps control airflow for better traction and stability.
The BRZ tS is also adorned with an exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accent around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover. The rear hatch displays the official BRZ tS badge. The exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna, BRZ and SUBARU badging all have a black finish. Also, the fog lights have been removed and replaced with STI fog light covers.
The cabin features black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching and accents throughout the interior, including steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter and emergency brake boots. front seats have red leather bolsters and the seatbacks are embroidered with the tS logo. The visor over the gauge cluster is unique to this model, as is the interior door trim. The center console has been updated to a cast black finish. The BRZ tS also comes standard with red front seat belts and a frameless interior rear view mirror.
Both the 2018 WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS will be available in WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Crystal White Pearl. Both models will be distributed throughout Subaru’s retailer network beginning in the first quarter of 2018.
Exact specifications and pricing will be announced later this year.
Subaru also announced a faster 2018 WRX STI Type RA (they love their alphabet soup names) check out the full press release here.