And price increases for certain other models, too?
After being axed last year, Subaru has announced the track-focused BRZ tS is making a comeback in America for the 2020 model year. The news broke last month after order guides leaked, but Subaru has now made it official. Tuned by STI, production will be limited to just 300 units and priced at $31,495 excluding the $900 destination fee.
To improve the handling, the BRZ tS features a slew of suspension upgrades including STI-tuned front and rear SACHS dampers and coil springs as well as an STI flexible V-brace in the engine bay. Draw stiffeners are added to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response and the brakes are upgraded to Brembo four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston calipers and rotors on the rear.
You'll only have one choice of color, because the 2020 BRZ tS is finished in a new exclusive Ceramic White exterior color and rides on 18-inch wheels in matte-bronze finish wrapped in 215/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Compared to the last model that had a massive rear wing, the BRZ tS has been fitted with a subtle rear spoiler that gives the car a more understated appearance.
Other unique design touches include an exclusive Cherry Blossom Red accent around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover. The official BRZ tS badge in chrome and red is displayed on the front grille and rear decklid. The exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna and BRZ badging all have a black finish. The fog lights have been removed and replaced with black fog light insert covers.
Inside, the cabin features black leather and Alcantara upholstery with contrasting red stitching and accents applied to the steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter and emergency brake boots and visor over the gauge cluster. Elsewhere, the front seats have red leather bolsters and the seat-backs are embroidered with the tS logo. The center console is also finished in Cast Black. Red front seat belts and a frameless interior rear-view mirror are included as standard.
Like the last model, the 2020 Subaru BRZ tS is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer engine that generates 205 horsepower, paired with a six-speed manual transmission and Torsen limited-slip differential. An optional automatic transmission model is also available with 200 hp. Subaru has also confirmed the 2020 BRZ Limited will start at $28,845, while the 2020 WRX will start at $27,495, which is a $300 increase over the last model, and the 2020 WRX STI will cost $400 more than last year's model at $36,995.