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Ever since Subaru released the BRZ, fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the STI version. But despite the recent release of the tS package, the brand faithful will have to wait a little longer, because the tS stops short of the full STI treatment. But at least it looks the part.

Though the BRZ tS doesn't encompass any major engine mods to speak of, it does benefit from a number of enhancements: a new driveshaft, aero kit, Brembo brakes, Recaro buckets and more. Which may be more than enough for some, but to tip the scales of disappointment, Subaru will only make 500 such examples, and they'll only be available in Japan. So chances are you won't be getting your hands on one, but at least you can admire it from this brief video clip below. It's not much to go on, but that seems about par for the proverbial course.


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      LT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Flip the tS around and you have the beginning of the word that describes this model... Stupid.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stop with the cheap Toyotaish upgrades and give the people what they want already.
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        What's the STi version going to be, really? 250 HP? For $35,000? Now it costs MORE than a 420 HP 5.0L and still gets smoked. Yay! And that's the 2015 5.0L..that weighs 400lbs less than the current one, we're talking 11's with a flash tune here fellas. If you buy one of these chick economy cars over one of those you are a TRUE moron, or just haven't come out of the closet yet.
          sp33dklz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          Some people actually track their cars, or enjoy curvy canyon drives. Races aren't all won with brute strength, it's about carrying momentum throughout the track. Balance will always persevere. Now, give us a turbo plz!
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "base" cars are a rip off for what they're asking for them. If this was a $20k starting price car I'd say fine, understandable. But seeing these clip 30k is ridiculous. All 200hp and 151ft-lbs torque. Unacceptable, in any part of the world in this day and age when more family sedans, CUVs, and fleet cars are near 300hp.
        torqued
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Look around you. $20k buys you a 140 HP Civic EX. The $26k base price is a relatively cheap car these days. Yes, Mustangs start cheaper ($22k) and make more HP. If that's you're thing then buy one. The BRZ went in a different direction - focusing on a quality chassis, refined driving dynamics, and low weight. They're betting that some enthusiasts can look past HP numbers and see a really dialed-in sportscar that's a blast to drive. Obviously not everyone is looking for that. If you need big HP with a small price tag, there are other options out there - even some from Subaru. There's more to a great car than one number, and those things cost money too. The BRZ is a good value for a specific niche of sportscar buyers.
          jawnath1n
          • 1 Year Ago
          @torqued
          @ramairjer, I think you proved the point. At 20k, the 'proposed' price point from Winds, there really are no options to compare to besides a 140hp Civic. What else are you going to find that is sportier for 20k? Hell, a Fiesta ST starts at 22k. This just proves that those wanting this car to be $20k is outrageous. And focusing on lap times is missing the point of the car. Lap times was not a priority or area of focus. I'm not sure why people can't understand that. Just look at the tires it came with from the factory and why, as an example of this. Even with the low rolling resistance 'Prius' tires, it was still just 1 second behind the fully loaded $30+k V6 Mustang w/ Performance Pack around SOW. Everyone knows the BRZ/FRS gets much quicker with summer tires, so I'd say that is a pretty good showing for the BRZ despite the disparity in both tire and power in stock form. And FWIW, that same $30k Mustang V6 is also faster than an STI, WRX, S2000 CR, Evo 9, Evo X, BMW 135i, Audi S5, Genesis Coupe, and Track Pack 350Z around VIR too. See C&D Lightning Laps for reference. The $30k V6 Performance Pack Mustang is indeed an overachiever in terms of objective metrics but it falls behind to competitors in the subjective metrics like how the car actually drives and feels. That is where a car like the BRZ/FRS excels. But just because spec sheet keyboard racers don't understand this concept, doesn't mean this car doesn't have its place or value.
          me
          • 1 Year Ago
          @torqued
          But back when these classes were popular 30k would've been a joke. 30k would get a rx8 or an s2000 they were both faster and one was a convertible and the other had a usable back seat. and they are both served the same purpose. And what about the miata?
          ramairjer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @torqued
          Pretty sad that you are comparing a "sports car" to a Honda Civic in order to justify it's engine. Oh, and a Mustang V6 turns better times than the BRZ/FT86.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will only sell in Japan. The rest of the world would rather spend its upgrade money on 40-50 hp and upgraded tires. That's really all the car needs as the chassis seems to be great as is.
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      Though the BRZ tS doesn't encompass any major engine mods to speak of, it does benefit from a number of enhancements: 18 Sti logos adorned throughout the cabin and fenders.
      josephslow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yawn....Wake me up when they make it more power.
      Michaele
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just about all cosmetic, 500 copies and only in Japan. Stick it in your sushi and eat it FHI.
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