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by Chris Bruce, 10 November 2015

Subaru STI Performance Concept unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show

People have longed for a more powerful version of the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and Toyota GT86 since the triplets arrived on the market. So far, neither partner in the deal has launched a model to fully satiate that hunger. However, the Japanese patent office recently approved documents from Toyota for the design of a vehicle that looks just like the Subaru STI Performance Concept (pictured above). The filing also gives Fuji Heavy Industries credit for the design.

The STI Performance Concept debuted at this year's New York Auto Show as an early step in STI's attempt to expand its reach here. The BRZ-derived coupe featured a body with a ground-scraping front bumper, tweaked headlights, wider fenders, a massive rear wing, and diffuser with a center-exit exhaust. All of these elements also show up on the patent renderings.

The concept was just as exciting under the hood because STI installed a 2.0-liter, turbocharged boxer four-cylinder from its GT300 racer, and upgrades for the chassis, suspension, and brakes came from the Japanese market's BRZ tS. While the coupe made hearts race, the company was clear it didn't necessarily plan to build the model.

Patent filings aren't a guarantee for production, and even if this one does arrive in showrooms, it might not come to the US. That's because Subaru and Toyota have a history of creating Japan-exclusive versions like the tS or Style Cb. That being said, spy shots have revealed a camouflaged GT86 testing in Europe, and rumors indicate more power from the engine. Subie's boss has even confirmed the existence of a partnership to create a next-gen model.

Toyota and Subaru file patents for performance FR-S and BRZ
 

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Nice ricie wing :rolleyes:

So are they really putting a 450 Hp motor in the FR-S and BRZ in a production car ? Reliability?


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No way in hell they'll build that car. Typical Japanese tease car. If the stock one has 200 hp, they'd be *risky* and jump it up to an amazing 215 or so. >;-)
 

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My wife wants the brz STi. I have to get her one before I get my RS. Poop
 

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I always find it amusing to see these concept teaser cars with suggestions of big power delivery.

This is supposed to have the 300hp 2.0L powerplant.
 

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I can see them doing at most 280 crank on this platform due to its weight and rwd.
 

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Over on the FT86 forum, most are expecting the mid-cycle refresh next year to give 10-20 more hp at most, maybe solve the torque hole issue as well.

They really need to fix the in-cabin sound of this engine, it's spectacularly bad - thrashy and agricultural. Enough to keep me from buying on its own.
 
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