Subaru has given its BRZ an update, while also adding a new member of the range.
The 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is the new top-of-the-range BRZ, with upgrades to sharpen the car’s dynamics and make it easier to live with.
The biggest of these changes are related to suspension, brakes, chassis, and tyres.
Engine and output so far remain unchanged.
The dampers are replaced with upgraded performance dampers, and are surrounded by STI coil springs.
The BRZ tS also scores a flexible V-shaped bar and draw stiffener to improve the BRZ’s rigidity, responses, and feedback to the driver, as well as making the tS’s steering more predictable.
Inside new black STI alloys are Brembo brakes, which assist the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres in slowing and stopping the tS.
Visually, it gains a new front bumper with tS badge, a black rear ‘wing’ and some STI trim, as well as red highlights inside, a new steering wheel with red accents and an STI logo, and red seat belts.
Even the engine start button features an STI logo.
Managing director of Subaru Australia Colin Christie says the new tS will help the BRZ stay current after five years of success.
“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,” Christie says.
“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.”
The new infotainment system, which every new BRZ will have, features a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as updated features to make the BRZ easier to live with.
The base model MY18 Subaru BRZ will cost $33,990 in six-speed manual, while the BRZ premium is priced at $35,490 and the BRZ tS at $41,894. A six-speed auto option is available for each level at an extra $2000.