June 16, 2024
Industry News

STI tunes the 2025 Subaru WRX tS

The Tuned by STI badge, featured on Subaru’s BRZ models, will now be making its way to the WRX in the upcoming year. This badge signifies enhancements by Subaru Tecnica International. The 2024 WRX tS model will incorporate some features from the automatic-only WRX GT, along with a manual transmission option. However, there is no mention of additional power upgrades or differential enhancements at this time.

The tS model will come equipped with an adaptive suspension system, borrowed from the GT and upgraded with STI-tuned dampers. This new suspension setup will also introduce Subaru’s enhanced drive modes, a feature not available on the base WRX manual variant. Other upgrades include steering adjustments, larger Brembo brakes with an upgraded master cylinder, and 19-inch wheels with Bridgestone Potenza S007 summer performance tires. The tS model will also feature Recaro seats, similar to those found in the TR and GT models, and will be offered without a moonroof, providing more headroom for helmets.

The tS model will feature unique badging, including STI and tS badges, a distinctive cherry-blossom tinged “WRX” badge on the front, and “Recaro” embroidery on the seats with blue accents that extend to the door panels, steering wheel, and shifter trim.

According to a Subaru spokesperson, the tS is expected to replace the TR model upon its release in 2025. There is a possibility of the TR’s fixed suspension system being incorporated into other WRX models, but it would require a comprehensive package that includes the TR’s tire and wheel setup.

The tS model will be positioned between the existing WRX Limited and GT models, offering a price gap of approximately $5,000. This leaves room for Subaru to position the tS model effectively within the lineup. It remains to be seen whether the tS will share the spotlight and price tag with the range-topping GT model. Subaru continues to make incremental upgrades across its lineup, teasing a potential new STI model in the future.

FAQ:

Q: Will the tS model offer any additional power upgrades?

A: At this time, there is no indication of power enhancements beyond the standard WRX model.

Conclusion:

The introduction of the WRX tS model brings a blend of performance enhancements and unique styling cues to the Subaru lineup. With a focus on improved handling and driving dynamics, the tS offers a balance between sportiness and practicality for enthusiasts.

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