- Subaru revives its performance-oriented BRZ tS model for the 2024 model year.
- The Subaru BRZ tS gets gold Brembo brakes, STI-tuned Hitachi suspension and more.
- The 2024 BRZ also introduces its Eyesight driver-assistance system as standard equipment for manual-equipped cars.
Subaru revives the once-limited edition tS model for the 2024 model year. Initially launched near the end of the first-generation BRZ, the tS threw extra suspension and tire at the BRZ to make it an even better handler. Well, the folks at Subaru are sticking with the same formula for the ’24 BRZ tS, which means an STI-tuned suspension, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, and gold-painted Brembo brake calipers.
The new star of the BRZ tS is its Hitachi dampers. Apparently tuned by the team at STI, these front and rear shocks make the BRZ tS more stable, according to Subaru. Also at the wheel ends are gold-painted Brembo four-piston-front and dual-piston-rear calipers. Even if you don’t need the extra clamping force from Brembo, they do look nice behind the 18-inch alloy rims.
Joining the suspension and braking changes, Subaru is also adding its Eyesight driver-assistance system to the BRZ tS. According to Subaru, this is the first time Eyesight has become standard on a manual-equipped BRZ. If you don’t want to shell out the extra cash for the tS, there’s good news: This is now standard across the board for manual-equipped BRZs. That means your next stick-shifted BRZ will come with adaptive cruise, lane-departure and sway warning, and a pre-collision braking system as standard.
While this BRZ tS doesn’t have a wing like the previous model, it does have a large ducktail spoiler on its decklid. There’s also tS badging on the grille and trunk lid, and the tS also gets an STI starter button, along with blue contrast stitching throughout the interior.
There aren’t any changes to the 2.4-liter boxer’s performance figures, which means it still sends 228 hp to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. If you want an automatic, you have to opt for a limited or premium trim BRZ, as the tS is stick only.
Subaru says pricing for the BRZ tS will come later this year, but count on it hitting the mid $30,000 range when it reaches dealer lots. Ironically, that won’t be too much more expensive than the more limited tS that debuted five years ago.
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Wesley Wren has spent his entire life around cars, whether it’s dressing up as his father’s 1954 Ford for Halloween as a child, repairing cars in college or collecting frustrating pieces of history—and most things in between. Wesley is the current steward of a 1954 Ford Crestline Victoria, a 1975 Harley-Davidson FXE and a 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie. Oh yeah, and a 2005 Kia Sedona.