When Subaru initially teased what is now known as the BRZ tS, people hoped that it would be the hotter, turbocharged version of the BRZ. It seems as though that is no longer happening. Instead, the new more track oriented tS version, which was previously a Japan exclusive model, will be the new range topper for the BRZ in the United States.

Subaru BRZ tS shows power upgrades are not everything

Despite the lack of a power upgrade, the BRZ tS does pack a wide array of hardware upgrades to make it more suited for track duty. The most obvious of them would probably be the adjustable large carbon fiber STI wing fitted to the rear, enhancing downforce. Matching the big wing are new aero packs mounted on the front, side and rear to smoothen airflow.

Keen eyed viewers would also notice the larger lightweight 18-inch STI wheels fitted on the tS compared to the 17-inch wheels on standard models. Hidden behind the new wheels are bigger 4-piston and 2-piston red-accented Brembo brakes for the front and rear, respectively. Other upgrades include SAHCS dampers and coil springs along with a V-brace in the engine bay.

Subaru BRZ tS shows power upgrades are not everything

Inside, the BRZ tS is gets an Alcantara and leather combination seats finished in black with red stitching with tS embroidered to the seatbacks. Exclusive also to the tS is are a new steering wheel and a speedometer with an STI logo. Rounding off the interior upgrade are red front seatbelts.

Much like the WRX STI Type RA, the BRZ tS will have production limited to 500 units. Pricing and full specs will be disclosed later on this year. Apart from WR Blue Pearl, the tS will be available in Crystal Black Silica and Cystal White Pearl.