Determined to make the ultimate track weapon, Subaru took its popular GT coupe — the BRZ — and gave it a full STI treatment to produce the limited edition BRZ tS.
With a production run of only 500 units, the BRZ tS features exclusive upgrades and precision tuning for the sole purpose of maximizing overall handling and response.
Let’s find out what pure performance looks like with a deep dive into our 2018 Subaru BRZ tS test model.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS Exterior
With a low stance, strong wheel arches, and aerodynamic components in all the right places, the 2018 BRZ tS is one of the best examples of a modern sports car.
Its carefully sculpted proportions deliver a balanced profile, and keeps much of the vehicle’s main weight as close to the center as possible — the top of the roof and doors are pretty much equidistant from the front and rear axles.
Our test model came painted in a sultry Crystal White Pearl color, and featured Cherry Blossom Red accents on the front grille and rear bumper (a tS trim exclusive). Black detailing around the BRZ further emphasized the car’s athletic build, drawing your eyes to the upgraded underbody spoilers as well as the 18-inch STI alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.
And without a doubt, the most noticeable enhancement of the 2018 BRZ tS is the model-exclusive STI carbon-fiber rear wing. This aero component not only looks awesome, but is also highly functional — you can manually adjust the wing angle to fine-tune downforce for added stability at high speeds.
There are a lot of good-looking cars on the road today, but the BRZ tS easily tops our list thanks to its mature-yet-aggressive styling and classic coupe profile
Other exterior highlights include LED headlights and taillights, an aluminum hood, power side mirrors, unique rear bumper cover, and black-finished badging.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS Interior
Offering a simultaneously sporty and luxurious atmosphere, the interior of the 2018 BRZ tS features a two-tone color scheme that’s loaded with premium materials. Leather, Alcantara, red accents, and contrast stitching really add an exciting feel to the cabin.
Our tS-trimmed test model also offered additional exclusive appointments, like red leather bolsters for the front seats, embroidered tS logos, and red front seat belts.
At the center of the dashboard, you’ll find a selection of knobs and toggle switches (which provide a very race car-like feel), as well as Subaru’s STARLINK multimedia system. From the 7-inch color touch screen, you can access satellite radio, streaming music apps, smartphone integration, travel assistance, vehicle settings, and more. STARLINK is easily one of our favorite infotainment systems thanks to its snappy response and user-friendly menus. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration now come standard for the 2018 model year.
When driving the 2018 BRZ tS, we found the performance-designed seats to be extremely supportive, and markedly more comfortable than the previous generation. Leg and head room inside the cabin is plentiful, and our 6-feet tall test driver fit easily with space to spare.
Additional interior features include a 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display (instrument panel), a frameless rearview mirror, sport pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and an STI-branded engine start/stop button.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS Performance
“tS” stands for “Tuned by STI” (Subaru Tecnica International), and it only takes a few moments on the road to realize that this car is very special.
Subaru’s legendary 2.0-liter BOXER engine makes its return for the 2018 model year, producing 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. But this is where the similarities end between the tS and its fellow BRZ trims.
As part of its quest to create the best handling BRZ to date, STI has taken its decades of motorsports experience and applied it to the suspension tuning for the 2018 tS model. Together with unique coil springs and SACHS performance shock absorbers, the BRZ tS delivers one of the most effortless and nimble driving experiences. Cornering is sharp, stability is excellent, and you can really feel the car rotate on a central axis. These characteristics are indicative of the BRZ tS’s balanced nature and enhanced handling response.
The body structure itself also features numerous reinforcements and upgrades, all in an effort to provide ultimate control and chassis response.
As we rowed through the gears of the 6-speed manual transmission, we couldn’t help but smile. The BRZ tS felt like an extension of our own body, eagerly fulfilling every command while the dual exhaust tips belted out a throat-y tune. This is truly a purist’s car.
Fuel economy for the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway**.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS Safety
Subaru has long been known for its unmatched vehicle safety, and for the 2018 BRZ tS, it all starts with a ring-shaped reinforcement frame design — this highly-engineered structure is the foundation for passenger safety in the event of a crash.
Moving further inward, the front seats feature strengthened frames to protect against whiplash, while a multitude of advanced air bags help minimize impact and injury.
Other safety highlights for the 2018 BRZ tS include Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, incline start assist, rear vision camera, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring system, and brake assist.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS Overall
If you’re looking for pure, uncompromising performance capabilities in a value-based package, it doesn’t get much better than the 2018 BRZ tS. There’s no question that STI has succeeded in delivering one of the best and most-accessible track cars to date.
Starting MSRP for the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is $33,495*, and our test model came fully-equipped at no additional cost.
Experience the thrills of this GT coupe for yourself by visiting your local AutoNation Subaru dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.