THERE’S a new kid on the block for fans of the Subaru BRZ to add to their wish list, with the 2018 model gaining the new tS, a seriously STi-enhanced version of the classic budget sports coupe, along with upgrades across the entire range.
All 2018 BRZ models get a new third generation 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, including a six-speaker sound system, and satellite navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while the new tS model option adds multiple new sporty features and offers even sharper handling and linear response.
With significant input from Subaru performance arm, Subaru Tecnica International (STi), the 2018 BRZ tS gains SACHS suspension, Brembo brakes with red painted calipers, STi coil springs, flexible V-shaped bar, flexible draw stiffener, black finish 18-inch STi alloy wheels and an exclusive front bumper, including a grille with tS badging.
The tS also gets a black rear spoiler, mirrors and shark-fin roof mounted antenna, tS and STi exterior badges, STi side garnishes, red highlights and an tS logo added to the Alcantara seat trim, grand luxe door panel trim and dashboard highlights, and an exclusive steering wheel – black with red accent and STi logo.
Owners will also find red seat belts and a push button starter with STi logo (with the logo also on the instrument cluster) in the new tS model, which hits the road at $39,894 for the six-speed manual and $41,894 for the six-speed auto. The 2018 Subaru BRZ tS comes in an exclusive limited edition Cool Grey colour.
All model variants are powered by the same 2.0-litre 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed boxster engine, producing 152kW of power and 212Nm of torque in manual form, and 147kW of power and 205Nm of torque when coupled with the automatic transmission.
All Subaru BRZ models are available in Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, WR Blue Pearl, Lapis Blue Pearl and Pure Red. The base model BRZ in manual form is $33,990 while the auto is $35,990. The Premium edition is $35,490 for the manual and $37,490 for the auto. All prices mentioned are plus on-road costs.