Subaru has pumped up the handling and road-holding of its BRZ sport coupe with upgraded suspension, brake and aerodynamic components, and the first-ever 18-inch wheels fitted to this car at the factory.

The suspension specifics on the new tS include STI-tuned Sachs dampers and springs front and rear, flexible V-braces in the engine compartment, and chassis and subframe draw stiffeners. Inside those bigger wheels are Brembo brakes.

The cabin is accented with Alcantara upholstery with red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter, and parking brake. Subaru says the gauge cluster hood and interior door trim are unique to the tS.

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Functional exterior changes include an adjustable carbon-fibre spoiler to allow fine-tuning of downforce, while front, rear, and side underspoilers control airflow for better traction and stability.

Among the aesthetic changes are a cherry blossom red accent around the grille and on a unique bumper cover, while a deck lid badge gives away the car’s special edition status. This car also loses its fog lights, which are replaced with fog light covers bearing the STI label.

Subaru says those changes make the BRZ tS (which stands for Tuned by STI, by the way) the best-handling version of the car. What they don’t do is the one thing Subaru boosters and sports car fans have been clamoring for, and that is add more power.

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The tS sticks with the 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder engine used in the rest of the BRZ range; it makes 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque, and can be paired with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Subaru says pricing and exact specifications for the BRZ tS will be revealed closer to the car’s launch in the first quarter of 2018.