2024 Subaru BRZ tS unveiled, due in Australia next year – UPDATE

2024 Subaru BRZ tS unveiled, due in Australia next year – UPDATE
2024 Subaru BRZ tS unveiled, due in Australia next year – UPDATE

The Subaru BRZ has gained its first high-performance edition since the current model was unveiled two and a half years ago. It’s due in Australia next year.

UPDATE, 1 October 2023: The 2024 Subaru BRZ tS has been confirmed for Australian showrooms next year.

The news has been accompanied by the display of a “prototype” model (above) at the ‘SubiNats’ Subaru owner festival in Sydney this weekend.

Our original story published in July from the BRZ tS edition’s unveiling in the US continues below, with the local arrival timing.

25 July 2023: The 2024 Subaru BRZ tS has been revealed for the US – with suspension and brake enhancements, and subtle visual changes.

The tS moniker is short for ‘tuned by STI’ – referencing the Subaru Tecnica International high-performance division – and was used on top-of-the-range versions of the original BRZ from 2017 to 2021.

Subaru Australia has confirmed the new model for Australian showrooms, as part of the model-year 2024 BRZ range – which is set to add key advanced safety technology to manual models.

Unlike the previous-generation versions, the North American and Australian versions of the new BRZ tS appear to be identical in specification.

Whereas the previous BRZ tS was a limited-run model in the US, the new version will be a permanent member of the range. The Australian version was always a full-time offering.

Headlining the upgrades are Brembo performance brakes with larger pads and discs, and four-piston front and two-piston rear gold calipers – plus recalibrated “STI-tuned” suspension with Hitachi dampers.

Reports suggest the upgraded suspension gains cast-iron suspension knuckles from the related Toyota GR86 – replacing the BRZ’s aluminium units – aimed more closely at race-track use.

However visual changes are minimal – and the new BRZ tS lacks the aerodynamics kit of its predecessor, with a front splitter, different 18-inch STI wheels, and depending on market, a low-rise rear spoiler (Australia) or tall rear wing (USA).

The 18-inch wheels are unchanged from the regular car, wrapped in carry-over Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.

Visual differences are limited to BRZ tS badging on the front grille and boot lid, black door mirror caps and roof antenna, and the gold brake calipers.

Inside, there is black suede and leather upholstery with blue stripes and stitching, which spreads to the steering wheel, gear shifter and handbrake. STI logos feature in the instrument cluster and on the engine start button.

There are no changes to the engine, which remains a 2.4-litre non-turbo petrol four-cylinder sending 174kW and 250Nm to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox is not available in the tS.

The 2024 Subaru BRZ tS is due in US showrooms next year.

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