By on November 12, 2015


Our friends over at AutoGuide have a juicy story about a patent filing from Toyota that details a decidedly BRZ STI-looking drawing that may signal a performance variant on its way.

According to AutoGuide, the patent, which was approved in Japan, was filed by Toyota, but named Subaru-parent company Fuji Heavy Industry as its owner. The patent was approved so let’s get them on the lots already.

Of course, the BRZ STI was styled with many parts from Subaru’s STI, so Toyota would likely need to use their own TRD parts or work out some sort of deal for production. Subaru’s concept in New York boasted 350 horsepower, but don’t expect that in the BRZ STI, at all.

This year, the FR-S was announced with only modest improvements in horsepower (a 5-percent bump) with little fanfare, so a performance variant would still need to overcome the fact that sales are incredibly small for the GT86 twins.

Still, there’s an albeit small appetite for a performance BRZ/FR-S and according to the filing, at least a rough plan.

Of course, you could always just add your own supercharger.

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19 Comments on “What Is This Performance BRZ/FR-S and Where Can We Get One?...”

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    Meh, Toyota has said officially that the FRS/BR-Z is a bit of a dud from a sales stand point globally [insert it hit sales target in US argument here] and there would be no boosted variant.

    I have to snicker a bit about a “performance” variant on an allegedly “performance” car.

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    Scrap that boxer boat anchor and strap a supercharged 2GR-FE. Winner!

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    I’ll just repeating this until it happens: the car should have come with one of Subie’s turbo power plants from the get go. Also should have been a liftback and called the Celica but those are almost forgivable if the right engine had been fitted from the factory.

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    While they are at it, they can lose the ricer wing.

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    This car was inspired by the AE86 hence the slippy tires. I thought it was meant to be a fun toy that could oversteer easily.

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    Should I wait with bated breath for an FR-S that might actually be a decent car?

    For seven months from Nov 2011 till June 2012, I haunted, and became convinced that this was the little sportabout I wanted and needed.

    Then I drove one.

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    ” Subaru’s concept in New York boasted 350 horsepower, but don’t expect that in the BRZ STI, at all.”

    I was at that reveal and strongly doubt that they ever put that engine in the car. While they had a 350 HP racing engine on display next to the BRZ-STI, they never opened the hood and the car had an automatic transmission shifter.

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    “This year, the FR-S was announced with only modest improvements in horsepower (a 5-percent bump) with little fanfare”

    It received little fanfare because the announcement you’re referring to *doesn’t exist*.

    2015 FR-S: 200HP
    2016 FR-S: 200HP

    There are rumors that the ’17 facelift will get a bump. Nothing has been confirmed by Toyota/Scion or Subaru.

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    I’ve long said that these wouldn’t get anything more than the world engine until some volume was freed up by the Impreza and/or Forester finding a new home. With that appearing to happen at Subaru’s Indiana plant, these patent filings might legitimately point to a higher performance version. We also might see the return of the WRX hatch (same facility). That said, sales will still be in the 12k to 15k range in the US even with a higher performance version. It is simply a very small car (strike 1) that comfortably seats two (strike 2) and REQUIRES snow tires or an additional car if you live anywhere other than the south (strike 3). The 370Z, Genesis Coupe, Fiesta ST, Focus ST, and MX5 all fail to break the 15k mark. Just the nature of small sporty cars these days. The WRX and GTI seem to be the only ones that break that mark and they are very practical on top of being sporty.

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    There is no compelling reason to get this car. The acceleration is so underwhelming in this car that its a major turnoff for 90 percent of the people that were looking to buy one. So many fall for the hype “this is pure sports car” or “you can tune it” blah blah blah. No…Toyota and Subaru severely under-delivered with this car. Handles great, no doubt…but so do many other cars. All it needs is 40-50 more horsepower and now you are on par with an all-time great…the Honda S2000.

    If I am looking for a sports car right now…under 30k…The Honda S2000 is the only choice. That says something right there. And the market agrees because unmolested and low mileage S2000s continue to go up in value, whereas this turd bucket from Toyobaru sits on lots for 200 days plus…unwanted by enthusiasts.

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      It looks great, drives great, is lightweight, is cheap to operate, isn’t a convertible, is RWD, and it fits my 3 year old daughter. There literally isn’t another new car on the market that does that. If you live in flyover country, the car probably isn’t terribly enjoyable, but mine is a hoot on my WV roads.

      I test drove a 2015 WRX, GTI, NC Miata, and AP2 S2000. All great vehicles in their own right, but the FR-S was the perfect blend of weekend fun and manageable commuter.

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        All of this. I can take both daughters (10 and 12) anywhere in it and have enough room for a midweek grocery run. The wife loves the seats; I love that it’s cheap to operate, handles great and has given me zero trouble so far. And even though I live in the PNW, it’s still stable enough in the wet with all the nannies turned on.

        I’d rather have the brilliant handling that I can enjoy on any road than a fistful of speed that will require massive amounts of self-control or having my license yanked.

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    I think Toyota already missed the boat on a performance BRZ/FR-S. When the car was first launch and 2012 with great reviews every body was expecting a performance version but it never came. Now that the BRZ/FR-S is yesterday news a performance upgrade will receive only a fraction of attention, and theretofore sells of what could have been few years ago.

    In any case if they want to grab people’s attention they will have to come up with an upgrade pretty spectacular and I doubt Toyota will…

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    I just ran “performance variant” through the ToyoTranslator. The output slip read: “Bright yellow paint. Bigger rims. Spoiler. End.”

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