Toyota has filed a patent hinting that the Subaru STI Performance Concept will head to production, which means we could also have the hardcore FR-S of our dreams.
Filed in Japan, the patent was approved earlier this month with the application crediting Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, as the creator. Considering the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ is the result of a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, it’s no surprise that both automakers would be used in the patent filing.
Ever since the Subaru STI Performance Concept debuted earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, rumors have been stirring that it would become a reality. The big question is whether or not Toyota and Subaru will find a way to eke out more performance, especially since the concept sported 350 horsepower
The more interesting part is that much of the STI Performance Concept features parts from Subaru’s STI division. If Toyota was to offer its own version, it appears that it will borrow styling from the STI Performance Concept but Toyota could go the route of outfitting it with TRD performance parts instead.
Recently, Fuji Heavy Industries’ president confirmed that a next-generation BRZ and FR-S will be developed and perhaps a high-performance variant is being considered to hold enthusiasts over until the second-generation model is available.