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Trevor Collett | Jun, 12 2017 | 0 Comments

Subaru has unveiled a pair of limited edition models for its US customers, based on the WRX STI and BRZ coupe.

The first is the BRZ tS (“tuned by STI”), which Subaru promises will deliver the highest level of “fun to drive” and “pure handling delight”.

To that end, the carmaker has sharpened the steering with new dampers and coil springs front and rear, along with flexible V-braces under the bonnet.

Lightweight, 18-inch alloys are fitted in a BRZ first, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber and housing Brembo performance brakes.

To set it apart from the regular BRZ, the tS gets an adjustable carbon-fibre rear spoiler, Cherry Blossom Red accents around the front grille and rear bumper, black exterior accents on the mirrors, antenna and more, along with STI front fog lights and ‘tS’ badging.

Inside, there’s black leather and Alcantara trim with red stitching, a unique visor over the instrument cluster, red front seat belts and a frameless interior mirror.

Joining the BRZ tS is the WRX STI Type RA, which continues the “Record Attempt” (RA) theme for limited edition Subarus with an attempt at the Nurburgring happening soon.

The road-going version will feature a weight reduction over the standard STI, suspension upgrades, and a power boost for the 2.5 litre four-cylinder Boxer engine to around 231kW.

There’s no spare wheel and tyre to save weight, but the remaining wheels are 19-inch in diameter wearing Yokohama Advan Sports tyres.

The ECU has been retuned and the engine features stronger pistons over the regular 2.5 Boxer, while the six-speed manual transmission gets a short-throw gear stick and a revised third gear ratio.

Inside, there’s the same red stitching as the BRZ along with Recaro seats, an Ultrasuede-wrapped gloss black steering wheel, push-button start and an individually numbered plaque.

Both BRZ and WRX models will be available in Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Crystal White Pearl, and the pair of Subaru Technica International models will be limited to 500 units each.

First deliveries for US customers begin early next year. Neither limited edition model will be heading to Australia.

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