Japan to Get Limited Edition Subaru WRX S4 tS
Subaru fans in Japan will get the chance to own a WRX S4 tS, which is basically the same as the WRX S4, but with some extra STI goodies bolted on…
It won’t be long before all Imprezas are riding on Subaru’s new Global Platform. But before they are, the Japanese firm is determined to squeeze a few more limited editions out of the current model.
Enter the Subaru WRX S4 tS from Subaru’s high-performance division, STI.
Based on the WRX S4 released a few years back, the tS will only be sold in Japan and was created to celebrate Subaru’s class victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours held last May.
Under the bonnet, the WRX S4 tS features the same modified 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-four from the WRX S4, which generates 296-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That’s 28-horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque more than the standard WRX engine, which has been achieved in part to new intake and exhaust systems.
In fact, the engine in the WRX S4 tS has only five less horsepower than the turbocharged 2.5-litre boxer engine found in the WRX STI, and it actually makes more torque.
Handling has been improved by way of a setup that is very similar to the one found on the WRX STI S207. Another model that was only released in Japan and features a front strut brace; rear sub-frame support; and extra multi-links for the rear suspension. There’s also larger 19-inch BBS wheels; adjustable Bilstein dampers; and bigger front four-piston Brembo brakes, as well as some other STI goodies.
On the inside the WRX S4 tS gets some STI-spec Recaro sport seats and plenty STI logos. There’s even a ‘ts Limited Edition’ plaque, just to make you feel that little bit more special.
For Japanese buyers who have a little extra spare cash and want a slightly more hardcore version, there’s the NBR Challenge Package. It adds a little extra in the form of black BBS 19-inch wheels; an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel; and a carbon-fibre rear spoiler.
Unfortunately, as we’ve already said, there are no plans to launch the WRX S4 tS in Australia, and it will set Japanese buyers back around $63,000. Buyers wanting the NBR Challenge Package will have to throw another $3000 at it.