Subaru fans have been waited for an STI version since the model has been introduced a few years back and now they can be slightly happy about it.
“Slightly” is a good word to describe the situation because despite wearing the STI badge on it, the updated BRZ is not a true STI. The model in question isn’t coming with a power boost but it has received a lot of extra gizmos fitted to it, just in time with reports indicating a successor.
“Subaru BRZ tS is an STI complete car which achieves both ‘agile handling performance evoking a racing car’ and ‘a high-quality ride’ at a high level. STI further enhanced the base car’s chassis performance by using expertise developed in its motorsport activities, pursuing the rear-wheel drive sports car’s ‘inherent handling pleasure enabling drivers to control it at will’”, as it is being said in the press release.
The budget sports car has received some tweaks made to its exterior design which includes the updated front and rear bumpers, the black finish side mirror caps, the shark fin antenna and the 18-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 225/40 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The cabin is modified too compared to the current version and it includes the STI side sill plates, the leather wrapped steering wheel, STI gear knob and speedometer, carbon finish for the instrument panel, Recaro front bucket seats and so on. The 2.0l naturally aspirated unit is still found under its hood in the same configuration. Only 300 units of the car will be produced and each one costs 3,990,000 YEN, approximately 32,600 USD. Yes, this is aimed towards Japan exclusively!