Subaru has recently trademarked a name that could mean a super WRX STI is about to hit the United States for the first time ever.
The WRX STI is an impressive car from Japanese carmaker Subaru, but the very best versions never make it Stateside. The S-series of STIs stay on the Japanese mainland, taunting us with their tuned boxer engines and fancy carbon fiber roofs.
The S208, last year’s supreme model of the WRX STI, came with Recaro racing seats, upgraded Brembo brakes, heavy-duty Bilstein shocks, and a fancy rear wing. It also came with that carbon fiber roof and other carbon aero parts to make the car both more streamlined and lighter.
Under the hood was the same 2.0-L turbocharged flat-four boxer engine that Subaru loves, but rather than making the 310 hp and 290 lb-ft that we’re used to, it makes an increased 329 hp and 319 lb-ft of torque. These are numbers that every WRX STI has only ever dreamed of possessing, and yet Subaru cruelly keeps them thousands of miles away.
But perhaps not for much longer. According to the patent sleuths over at AutoGuide, Subaru has patented the term “S209” for use on “automobiles and structural parts and structural fittings therefor,” along with “floor mats for automobiles.”
The trademarks were filed by Subaru of America at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, so you know this is legit.
As usual, we must always say things like “trademarks and patents aren’t necessarily indicative of automotive company intentions,” but c’mon! There’s no other reason for Subaru to trademark S209 in America unless the very best Subaru ever made is finally going to cross the Pacific Ocean.
Or maybe they’ll just put the name on a few floor mats and call it a day.
If we do see the S209 WRX STI, it will likely be in limited numbers. The S207 only had a production run of 400 units, while the S208 had 450. AutoGuide says the S209 will likely get 500 units, but we’re hoping it’s a few more if it’s finally going to be sold in the States.