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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