Well, it might not be exactly the Subaru BRZ STI that we've all been waiting for, but Australian market shoppers are now going to have the option of adding some STI flavor to their coupe, with this new BRZ S.

Critically, the Sports Pack upgrades included in the S specification do not involve forced induction of any kind for the BRZ's 2.0-liter flat-four mill. Instead, the BRZ S will offer a novel flexible strut tower brace and a coilover suspension to aid its already impressive handling prowess. Visually, the car gets a new aero kit with lowered skirts and a new front and rear splitter, as well as some mean-looking, 17-inch black wheels. Inside, a new gearlever and a STI-branded starter button will call out the S model.

The S package can be ordered on a new BRZ and fitted at the dealer, or added to an existing customer car. When ordered new, the BRZ S adds $7,995 Australian – about $7,275 US including installation – to the price of the six-speed manual car, or $7,195 Australian ($6,547 US) for the six-speed automatic transmission model. That's a pretty fat wedge of cash, but it's worth bearing in mind that Australians generally pay significantly more for new cars than we do here in the States. For instance, the BRZ starts at $37,150 Australian, nearly $34k US. Even accounting for regional equipment differences, that's a lot more than the BRZ's $26,265 as-delivered base MSRP here in America.

We've reached out to Subaru for comment on whether or not a similar Sports Pack upgrade might be in the works for the US, and will update this post if/when we hear back.


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BRZ Sports Pack On Sale

Mon, 08/07/2013


Subaru has launched a distinctive sports pack for the BRZ, available for purchase online by new buyers and via the authorized dealer network for existing owners of the multi award-winning car.

Valued at $7195 including fitment for the automatic transmission BRZ and $7995 including fitment for the manual BRZ, the factory-backed pack changes the car's name to BRZ S.

The pack comprises:

Front under spoiler
Side under spoiler
Rear side under spoiler
Boot lip spoiler (crystal black mica)
Flexible tower bar
Lowered coil spring set
17-inch black STI alloy wheel
Gear shift lever assembly (manual-only)
Duracon shift knob (manual-only)
Engine push-button start switch
Rear under diffuser
The pack can be viewed at: http://subaru.com.au/brz/subarubrz/option

It is available to existing BRZ customers for retrofit by authorized Subaru technicians via the dealer network.

The pack can also be ordered by customers buying new BRZs online, with the components fitted before vehicle delivery.

The components are made by Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru's performance arm, which is respected worldwide by car enthusiasts for its high-quality range, all tested to the same rigorous quality control standards as Subaru's vehicle range.

The pack gives BRZ buyers the opportunity to personalize their car with the peace-of-mind of factory warranty1on every item.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: "All indications are that many BRZ buyers want to add some performance touches to their cars and choosing Subaru-backed equipment offers great design, quality and peace-of-mind that isn't necessarily guaranteed by after-market suppliers."

In addition to the sports pack, Subaru offers a wide range of other BRZ parts and accessories including:

Distinctive GT sports stripes - run from boot to bonnet
Fuel filler cap garnish
Carbonfibre-type instrument panel insert
Carpet mats
Spare wheel carpet mat
Rear step panel
AVN satellite navigation system
Reverse camera
Front parking assistance
Rear parking assistance
STI Battery clamp/holder
STI oil cap
STI valve cap set
1. BRZ parts and accessories ordered online at the same time as a new BRZ and fitted prior to delivery to the customer are covered by the three-year/unlimited kilometre factory warranty that comes with the car. Items bought after the car's delivery come with a two-year factory warranty if fitted by an authorized Subaru retailer. See: http://subaru.com.au/sites/subaru.com.au/files/subaru_genuine_parts_and_accessories_warranty_2012.pdf for further details.


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      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car looks much better that way. But $8k is way to much from the factory, rather do it myself.
        Santo Morales
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KAG
        I find it hilarious that people are complaining about the cost of this package...no one is forcing them to buy it. People get so worked up over something so stupid. If you don't see value in the package don't buy it. Create your own package for less and be happy with what you get. If the BRZ is under-powered try following Crawford Performance's footsteps and push 450 ponies out of the BRZ....but if one is not willing to spend the money on a sport package I highly doubt they'll be willing to spend the extra moola when/if the turbo model from Subaru comes out. Subaru and Toyota wanted to create a sports car with the lowest center of gravity possible and that costs under $30,000...throw a turbo on and you're gonna blow that budget but I'm just speaking to the birds here
      flatdarkmars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Flexible strut tower brace? With "high rigidity construction" but also a "flexible link ball". I suppose the purpose is to strike some kind of balance, but it just sounds oxymoronic to me.
      Indubitably
      • 1 Year Ago
      100% pure profit package.
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 1 Year Ago
      A wad of cash for some eBay looking body kits and a Flexible Brace? That's as useful as Flux-Capacitor. Better spend that money on intake exhaust upgrades and ECU tunes, or a proper boost kit.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      So is it called 'S', 'STI' or 'Sports Pack'?
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car needs more power. Meanwhile Subaru/Toyota are basically forfeiting increased income to the aftermarket tuners.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Turbo or gtfo~
      kaneda
      • 1 Year Ago
      no, No, NO, NO, NO!!! Stop cheapening the STi badge Subaru with these cosmetic and minimal suspension upgrades! $7K for this? Are they serious? Nobody has complained about this car's phenomenal handling in stock form, so why are they addressing this area with an STi upgrade? POWER, POWER, POWER is what this car needs. The BRZ continues to annoy me as a car enthusiast. Great car that was designed to be a canvas for even greater cars...but where are they? You can't release a sports car that can't beat a Honda Mini Van here in the US and think it will sell in years 2, 3, 4 and 5. They need to dial up the performance. Everyone's already bored with this chuckable slug.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kaneda
        Power and brakes. I expect the 2015 model year will bring a true STI.
        Michał Pingwin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kaneda
        Relax Vin Diesel. There's plenty of 'go fast in a straight line while eating a donut and texting' cars out there for you.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michał Pingwin
          But rocking back and forth in your seat waiting for power that never comes isn't fun. Stock Miata's are fun to drive too. Until you drive a turbocharged one. And from then on every other stock Miata feels weak and boring. I imagine it's the same for the 86. I love everything about the car except for the power and the tires. It needs real tires and real power to make use of them. IMO, and I believe the prevailing opinion, power makes a car more fun. And it's not like we're asking for a monster here. I'd be perfectly pleased with 250 hp and, far more importantly, 250 lb-ft of torque. There's plenty to be said for not having too much power. I've driven 700+ whp cars, and they are not fun on anything requiring turns. But you can go to far to the other side, where you're not having fun because you don't have enough power, and the 86 is deep into that zone.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michał Pingwin
          Power is always part of the equation. I demolish the times put up by the 2 FRS's that frequent the local autocross with my light mod 06 Mustang GT because they simply don't have enough power. This is on tight, technical auto-x courses set up for narrow cars like the 86 and Miatas. They carry a lot more speed than I do, but my corner exit is so much better than theirs that I can make it up pretty effortlessly. Until the 86 gets more power, it will remain quite a slow car on all fronts, even if it is very fun to drive. And some of us don't want to void the warranty on out new car, we'd rather have a properly powerful car from the factory and the factory warranty that comes with that.
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          @Michał Pingwin
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          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michał Pingwin
          @domingorobusto - There, you said it, fun to drive. Why is everyone caught up on numbers and the only place they can enjoy them is the track? I enjoy this car EVERYDAY. I have an 11 sec car and a FR-S - guess which one is more fun to drive on the street?
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          @Michał Pingwin
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      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      It’s a cool car but it’s not a good performer. People say, “but its 2800 pounds.” Big deal. It’s slow, and has absolutely no torque. A car has to have a realistic useable amount of power to perform adequately. It’s the Prius of the track, and I can’t stand to be behind it. It slides all over the place with its crappy little tires and is usually driven buy a 20 year old who thinks drifting on a road course around every turn is going to improve his lap time. Nice parking break maneuver there buddy. Now go get some power. I’ll wait for the turbo and stick with my 25 year old 911 for track duty. Heck my wife humiliated a BRZ driven by a test driver around VIR in her STI (which is an everyday driver). No one was talking about how light the BRZ was on that day. When they got back to the pits, people kind of scratched there heads and walked away from it unimpressed. Don’t kid yourselves, low weight is a good thing to have but not at the expense of extreme lack of power. Anyone who says, “but its 2800 pounds” does not know what they are talking about. And as for on the street, I would be real worried pulling up to a stop light next to a Tahoe in a BRZ. That is just pathetic. There is going to be a lot of buyer’s remorse out there.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        FWIW, assuming a US spec, your 25 year old 911 makes roughly the same amount of power as a new BRZ.
          Santo Morales
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          good point! and costs $12,000 a year to keep running
        Welcome N8Dog!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Then why do Miatas dominate every single track day, HPDE, and Spec racing series around the globe?
        ThatGirl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        What a STi is faster around a track than a BRZ? Nnooooooo...you must be kidding? Next you'll be telling me Wall Street doesn't care about the poor people.
        Serenespeed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        You still haven't figured out the point of it? Wow...
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          hy8r1d
          • 1 Year Ago
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm7FWb1HuwU
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      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      "When ordered new, the BRZ S adds $7,995 Australian.. [F]or instance, the BRZ starts at $37,150..." So it adds 20% to the cost of the car???? rrrRRRRRRRRRIPOFF!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
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          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          Its $34K US in Australia, $26,200 in the US.
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          Allch Chcar
          • 1 Year Ago
          You can't buy anything nice for $22k these days, best case you're looking at the mid-range for a compact car. Ever look at MX-5 prices? $25k will barely get you the touring with the 6spd and some other niceties And this car is way more practical and bigger than a MX-5. $25k is perfectly inline with the competition.
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          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          He's talking about percentages. It's an $8K AU in Australia upgrade on a car that starts at $37K AU in Australia. That's a bit under 20%.
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        @tool0117
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          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron-- It's $33K USD (converted) IF YOU BUY IT IN AUSTRALIA!!! Car manufacturers charge different amounts for the same/similar car based on where you buy it; and it's not just an issue of converting currency.
          Egon
          • 1 Year Ago
          I doesn't matter if it's dollars, pesos, or drachmas. It's still a 20% premium over the base price. Actually, if you'd prefer to be a pedantic douche, it's more like 21.52%, but who's counting?
          tool0117
          • 1 Year Ago
          It's math, fool, percentages. No one is converting anything using google. What are you not understanding? This is why as Americans we fall so far behind Asia in math and science
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          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          It STARTS at $37k AUD, which is about $33k USD. With this package, it's closer to $45k AUD, which is about $41k USD.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh look. More unpainted plastic that will fade to grey in a few years.
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