The FR-S won’t be getting any power upgrades anytime soon, but it’s a different story for the Toyota 86, the Scion’s twin sold in other markets. According to the coupe’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, the 86′s boxer engine will definitely be offered with more power for the model year 2015 refresh.
2013 Toyota GT86 rear three quarters 300x199 imageTada discussed three possible power upgrades in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. The first option would be a turbocharger, which has already been widely speculated since the 2013 Scion FR-S, Toyota GT 86, and Subaru BRZ arrived in showrooms last year.
Tada is also considering a boxer engine with more displacement, but didn’t divulge details on either option. However, a Toyota insider told The Sydney Morning Herald that the bigger engine could be a 2.5-liter boxer-four producing around 255-hp. The current 2.0-liter mill powering the 2+2 coupe is rated at 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota is also considering a hybrid system, which would likely employ a lightweight super capacitor system in lieu of a conventional (and heavy) battery pack. The automaker will likely wait until the next-generation 86 to introduce a new hybrid powertrain. And it’s possible that the U.S.-spec FR-S may not receive any of the aforementioned power upgrades at all. That said, aftermarket support for the FR-S is growing strong, with plenty of options for enthusiasts looking to add more power.
Toyota is looking even further into the future and has already started working on the current Toyota 86′s successor. The coupe’s impressive corning abilities will obviously remain, but Tada recently suggested that the next -gen model could ditch the boxer-four in favor of Toyota’s upcoming four-cylinder turbo engine that is expected to debut in a Lexus SUV.
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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald