Toyota and Subaru teamed up to develop a new sports car that was about handling and precision instead of maximum horsepower, and called it the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT-86 and Scion FR-S. Of course, after the initial cheers and celebration rang around the enthusiast community, the next and almost inevitable question became: When is it going to get more power?
Already an animated bunch, fans of the 2013 Subaru BRZ and 2013 Scion FR-S have been speculating as to what form more power could come in, and to what exactly could be done with Subaru’s 2.0-liter flat-four-cylinder engine. The engine produces about 200-hp in the Toyota GT 86, and is featured in the Scion FR-S in America, as well as in the Subaru BRZ. Subaru has put a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine in the Japanese market Legacy and Legacy wagon, and in those cars it churns out nearly 300-hp. It’s possible that turbocharged engine could find its way to America. In January, our colleagues at Motor Trend spotted a turbocharged Scion FR-S testing at the Laguna Seca Raceway. And now we hear that Japan’s Gazoo Racing might have developed our most comprehensive example of the possibilities of this engine yet.
According to Gazoo’s website, the team has developed a Nurburgring racer that will have enthusiasts salivating: the Gazoo GT 86 is fitted with twin-turbochargers, and if that wasn’t enough, they’ve added a supercharger as well. We imagine Gazoo’s racer leaves contrails in its wake, but we’re not positive about that. What we are positive about, is that this is one versatile engine, and that there is room to tune it for more power. At this point, it’s highly likely we’ll see a turbocharged version of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, and it could be as early as the next model year.
Source: Gazoo Racing