Hey, it's better than nothing.
In a recent interview we had with Subaru's chief US product planner, it was made pretty clear that a BRZ STI is not going to happen. Not now, not ever. There were a number of reasons why, mainly that such a car would be too expensive because the extra power would also require a number of engineering upgrades, a cost passed down to customers. AutoGuide, however, has uncovered what may be the closest thing we'll ever have to a BRZ STI. In addition to the new Performance Pack, Subaru filed a US trademark application for "BRZ tS" last January.
The BRZ tS, as you may already know, went on sale over a year ago in Japan. What it includes are a number of STI parts, such as a front suspension and coil springs, rear damper and, lateral link with pillow ball bushings, flexible V-shaped bar and a flexible draw stiffener. Appearance upgrades include 17-inch Brembo brakes up front, 18-inch STI wheels finished in black, and more aggressive body styling featuring a front spoiler, black mirrors, and black roof antenna. In Japan, the BRZ tS is only available in Sunrise Yellow, WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl and Crystal Black Silica. It's still too early to know if the tS package sold in Japan will be identical to the one that'll (hopefully) make it stateside. But one thing is for certain: no engine upgrades.