Turbo still not in the cards.
While the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are praised for their handling capabilities, many owners and critics have been begging the automakers for more power. A new rumor suggests a mid-cycle refresh for the Toyota 86 coupe, sold in North America as the Scion FR-S, will bring more power, reports Australian website Drive.
Toyota‘s chief sports car engineer Tetsuya Tada told Drive that the refreshed model “is coming soon.” Expect comprehensive updates to the rear-drive coupe. “Everything [changes],” Tada said. “Engine, body, suspension – everything.”
But a turbocharged engine is unlikely.
“I think turbo is a really easy solution. I already say we try to show something new, something challenging.” He went on to say, “My personal preference, downsizing turbocharging engine is boring technology.”
The current model is powered by a port- and direct-injected 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four cylinder engine mated to a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Power is rated 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.
Tada believes the rear-drive sports car needs a more exciting powerplant than small turbocharged engine. It remains to be seen whether the refresh will bring a larger displacement engine or better high rpm breathing to make more power.
Additionally, an optional carbon fiber roof will help save overall weight and lower the center of gravity. We expect similar updates to the North American-market Scion FR-S.