Japan gets all the cool stuff. Bullet trains. Kobe beef. Watermelons stroked into perfect squares. Not to mention all sorts of limited-edition cars that us JDM fans can only dream about driving. The latest is the new Subaru WRX S4 tS. Borrowing technology that debuted on the range-topping STI S207 it offers both more power and better handling.
Thanks to the bolting on of modified air intake parts plus a more performance-orientated exhaust system the 2.0-litre boxer engine doing duty inside the tS thumps out 221-kilowatts and 400 Newton meters worth of torque. That’s basically the same as our local WRX STI that comes equipped with the bigger 2.5-litre motor. Impressive. Handling is enhanced by the addition of a flexible tower bar, DampMatic II front suspension with adjustable damping, and front-rear Active Torque Vectoring. Up front you’ll find Brembo opposed-piston four-pot brakes for improved retardation.
A limited-edition wouldn’t be a limited-edition without some aesthetic tweaking. As such the tS gets STI-designed BBS 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, cherry red pinstriping on the mesh-type front grille and rear bumper, a front splitter and a black shark-fin roof antenna. Inside you’ll find Recaro front bucket seats and an exclusively-made luminescent speedometer.