Dubbed the BRZ tS – the “tS” badge has appeared previously on Subaru products as a sort of warmed-over version featuring some STi-based enhancements – the new flagship of the range features Sachs suspension dampers, Brembo brakes with red callipers, STi coil springs, extra stiffening under the bonnet and 18-inch alloys are all standard on the new variant.
The tS also gains special badging, an exclusive front bumper and grill, and a black rear spoiler.
Inside, red highlights are added to the Alcantara seat trim, while the tS features an exclusive steering wheel, red seat belts, and a push button starter with the STi logo.
Subaru Australia managing director Colin Christie said the tS was a worthy flagship for the BRZ range.
“BRZ has earned a strong following since its launch in 2012, and the addition of the tS to the range will help maintain momentum for this fun sports coupe,” he said.
“The combination of suspension, brake and cosmetic enhancements make it an appealing package for sports car fans looking for a bit more edge from their BRZ.
“Also, the significant improvements to infotainment right across the BRZ range literally make it an even more entertaining drive.”
That last bit reflects that the entire Subaru BRZ range was updated with a seven-inch infotainment screen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
The tS costs $39,894 for the six-speed manual, and $41,894 for the six-speed automatic.
The Subaru BRZ is a front-engined, rear-drive sports car developed in collaboration with Toyota, and is closely related to the Toyota 86 coupe.
The BRZ is the only rear-drive product in the Subaru showroom – all other models feature all-wheel drive as standard.