The words “performance” and “Toyota” can sometimes team up in the same sentence. Not often, but it happens. For instance, when the manufacturer files for a patent to possibly produce a more powerful version of the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 trio, Toyota and performance even form the perfect match.
Do you remember the 350-hp Subaru STI Performance Concept introduced at the New York Auto Show earlier this year? We do too. What’s not to like about the idea of a more aggressive, rear-wheel drive sports car anyway? According to Autoguide.com, Toyota has indeed filed a patent for a design that would lead us to believe that the STI Performance Concept, or at least a variant, could become reality. Fuji Heavy Industries was cited as the creator of the design. FHI is mostly involved in transportation manufacturing and aerospace, but is the parent company of the Subaru brand.
Since the rear-wheel-drive trio was born from the collaboration between these two automakers, it comes as no surprise that they should once more rekindle the flame. A recent announcement by FHI President and CEO, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, has already confirmed a second generation of the BRZ and FR-S. Should we expect to see a high-performance variant launched in the meantime? That remains to be seen, but we’re allowed to hope for one, right? Let’s hope this doesn’t end up being just a fancy body kit (I’m looking at you Aozora Edition).