The model was originally launched in Japan back in 2013 as a special edition.
Don’t get your hopes up too high because it doesn’t necessarily mean Subaru of America has plans to sell the model. A trademark application was filed for the ‘BRZ tS’ moniker at the beginning of the year, and it was registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office on August 16. The discovery was made by AutoGuide, and as they point out, it seems rather odd that Subaru has waited so long taking into account the BRZ tS was originally launched as a special edition limited to 300 cars in Japan about three years ago.
In 2015, Subaru Japan introduced a similar BRZ tS fitted with an assortment of visual and mechanical upgrades developed by Subaru Tecnica International (STI). That one too was offered in 300 examples and it did not come with a power bump for the naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter boxer engine. The 2015MY was offered in Japan with an STI-tuned front suspension, Brembo brakes, bespoke 18-inch wheels, custom rear damper, an STI-designed V-shaped bar, a large-diameter drive shaft, and a flexible front draw stiffener.
On top of that, the 2015 Subaru BRZ tS in JDM specification had a slightly sportier body kit with modified front and rear bumpers, a new under spoiler, front fender garnish, and black accents for the shark fin antenna and side mirrors caps.
STI also modified the interior cabin by installing Recaro front bucket seats, a new leather-wrapped steering wheel, and by applying a carbon finish for the instrument panel. Moreover, the Japan-only 2015 BRZ tS received a unique speedometer and STI-specific side sill plates, gear knob, and push button ignition.
Only time will tell whether the U.S. version of the BRZ will receive an equivalent special edition. Meanwhile, the regular 2017 BRZ, now with 205 hp & 156 lb-ft instead of 200 hp & 151 lb-ft, will hit dealerships this fall at a starting price of $26,315.