New range-topping Subaru BRZ tS announced for Oz
New range-topping model and added tech for Japanese manufacturer’s sporty coupe.
The Subaru BRZ will be updated for the 2018 model year in Australia, with a new enthusiast-focussed flagship variant and revised infotainment system being the two main inclusions to write home about.
Priced from $33,990 (plus on-road costs) for the entry-level BRZ manual, the entire range now comes equipped with the company’s third-generation infotainment system, complete with in-built satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
At the other end of the spectrum is the new range-topping tS variant, priced at $39,894 (plus ORCs).
The sportier model – which gets its name from racier versions of the BRZ in overseas markets – features a number of STI and track-focused additions.
Stiffer Sachs suspension, Brembo brakes with red calipers, STI coil springs, a thicker under-bonnet strut bracing for added rigidity, 18-inch black STI alloy wheels, a unique front bumper, roof-mounted antenna, black finish for the mirrors and requisite tS and STI badging are all included.
On the inside, the flagship BRZ gets red sports highlights, partial Alcantara seat trim, a unique STI steering wheel with red accents, red seatbelts and STI push-button starter. There’s also ‘Grand Luxe’ suede door trim and dashboard highlight.
Unlike its international namesakes, the Australian market BRZ misses out on the big rear wing and extensive body kit. Also, unlike overseas models with the tS badge, the Down Under-bound BRZ tS doesn’t appear to be a limited-edition model.
An unchanged 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine producing 152kW/212Nm – with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic – will power the 2018 BRZ in Australia.
Hopes of seeing the more powerful turbocharged 225kW/450Nm BRZ STI concept that Subaru patented last year look to have been dashed. But who knows, maybe we’ll see that car materialise sometime in the future.
2018 Subaru BRZ pricing (all prices exclude on-road costs)
BRZ – $33,990/35,990 (6MT, 6AT)
BRZ Premium – $35,490/37,490 (6MT, 6AT)
BRZ tS – $39,894/$41,894 (6MT, 6AT)