Introducing the Subaru WRX STI & BRZ tS

Subaru recently unveiled two track-oriented sports cars to be released in 2018. The WRX STI and BRZ tS both boast a range of upgrades designed to improve braking, corning, and acceleration. The BRZ tS boasts more-aggressive styling, dominated by a large, adjustable spoiler.

Overview of the Subaru WRX STI and BRZ tS:

Both the WRX STI and BRZ tS are higher-performance variants of pedestrian Subaru models. The divergence from a regular passenger car design is simply for more obvious for the BRZ tS, a car that looks ready for a race. The 'tS' means 'tuned by STI', which is Subaru's performance tuning department.

If the standard WRX STI is not hot enough, Subaru are offering a limited run of the track-inspired Type RA. Only 500 examples of that car and the BRZ tS will be offered for sale in 2017. The base WRX STI and the BRZ tS offer plenty of performance-oriented exterior and interior features.

Exterior and Mechanical Touches:

Both cars are clearly built for speed and sharp handling. The WRX STI boasts 18-inch alloy wheels, a "track tuned" suspension, and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder producing 305 horsepower. Both it and the BRZ tS offer three exterior color options - WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, and Chrystal White Pearl. The cars replace the standard Michelin tires with 215/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport tires on the WRX STI. The BRZ gets low-profile Yokohamas on 19" wheels. The BRZ tS still comes with the 2.0-liter flat-four turbocharged engine, which produces a respectable 205 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Subaru is going for the serious race-car look on the BRZ tS. A large, adjustable spoiler, a black body kit,some black exterior accents, and a few tS badges set this car apart from other sporty Subaru cars. Both models come with steering responsive headlines that can move to light the way around curves. Both cars get enhanced traction and stability through their performance-oriented tires and the active torque-vectoring drive train.

What's Inside Each Car:

Subaru has not neglected driver comfort in either car. Both models boast a powerful 9-speaker audio system with dual USB ports and Sirius XM radio. Connectivity is assured in each car by Subaru's Starlink multimedia system, which includes Sirius XM. Starlink also includes connectivity for Apple and Android devices, Bluetooth, Aha, and Pandora.

Starlink is also part of the WRX STI's extensive safety and security features. The car's security features include stolen vehicle recovery, lane keeping assisting, pre-collision braking, automatic collision notification, emergency roadside assistance, and a rear-facing camera (on the STI limited). The BRZ offers similar safety and security features, either as options or as standard equipment.

The BRZ's interior is more comfortable and less sporty than the exterior suggests. Red interior accents, red seatbelts, and black center console distinguish the BRZ from either the WRX or a normal Subaru. You still get air conditioning and an entertainment center.

Two Practical and Track-Ready Cars:

If you want a performance-oriented and practical car, Subaru offers the WRX STI. If you want a serious sports car, and are lucky, you could purchase one of the 500 Type RA or BRZ tS models Subaru will put on the market in 2018.