“Toyota has filed a patent hinting that the Subaru STI Performance Concept will head to production.”
This is the biggest piece of news proving that there is definitely a Subaru BRZ STI on the way. According to Autoguide earlier Wednsesday, (Nov. 11, 2015) Toyota filed a patent earlier this month on behalf of Fuji Heavy Industry showcasing a Subaru BRZ outfitted with a full host of aero and performance parts from STI’s catalog. From the pictures submitted that means wheels, front, side and rear aero, a rear spoiler and what looks like a performance exhaust.
As for Scion, they’d have to pick and choose from their TRD parts bin if they wanted to make their own performance version of the FR-S.
The concept, Subaru’s commitment to STI models, the exsistence of an STI in Japan sans hotrod engine, a record breaking sales streak and now this patent filing. It all can’t be a coincidence.
You heard it here first. Subaru and Scion will come out with a slightly faster and refreshed FRS/BRZ for 2016/2017 but Subaru will go ahead and either throw forced induction on the FA20D (4U-GSE) or swap an FA20F or turbocharged EJ20 to give us a BRZ STI. They’ll probably limit units to around 2000.
Subaru only adds the STI moniker to its fastest, most capable Subarus. A shiny new exhaust manifold, a fancy intake, an ECU tune and some wheels won’t be enough to satisfy gearheads this time around.