Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Subaru | posted November 12, 2015 14:29
STI BRZ, TRD 86 reportedly patented by both Subaru and Toyota
It appears that the 'Toyobaru' twins will eventually get performance variants after AutoGuide recently reported that Subaru and Toyota recently filed patents to make it possible.
Filed in The Land of The Rising Sun, the patent has already been approved apparently and was filed by Toyota, with Fuji Heavy Industries being credited for the design. It's unclear whether the 86 will also be getting parts from STI (Subaru Tecnica International) as Toyota already has from TRD (Toyota Racing Development).
Based on the patent image shown, it bears several styling cues from the BRZ STI Performance Concept that Subaru revealed during the 2015 New York Auto Show.
It gets a custom bodykit, aftermarket wheels, rear diffuser, a large spoiler and an STI race engine that can also be found in their Super GT racecar. Exact power output was not specified however. Its suspension, chassis, aerodynamics and interior equipment are also sourced from STI.
Besides the concept car, Subaru also released the limited-run 2015 BRZ ts STI in Japan. It has a bespoke STI bodykit, blacked-out side mirrors, distinct cherry grill trim and custom 18-inch wheels.
It still powered however by the stock 2.0-liter FA20 that puts out 200 PS and 205 Nm of torque. Other upgrades include a STI-spec suspension and Brembo disc brakes.