Scion FR-S to Get More Power From Larger Engine

Scion FR-S to Get More Power From Larger Engine

It comes as no surprise to hear that Toyota is working to generate more power for its popular 86 model, known as the Scion FR-S in America. The latest report does, however, contradict past rumors of a turbocharged engine, instead pointing towards something larger under the hood.

The chief engineer of the 86, Tetsuya Tada, has shared a little bit of information on what the Japanese automaker is working on to improve its popular sports car, which will see a mid-life upgrade in 2015. According to Tada, he hopes “to make an engine upgrade at least one time,” with the current 86. The automaker has tried all possibilities of increasing power under the hood, which includes turbocharging, using a larger powerplant and even a special hybrid system, and Tada admitted that some of the prototypes at Toyota’s proving grounds are currently testing those ideas.

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In other words, Toyota is considering all possibilities to give its 86 more power under the hood, though inside sources believe the most likely option is increasing the displacement of the current 2.0-liter engine to a 2.5-liter powerplant, which would mean a boost to around 250 horsepower. The option is favored due to its cost-effectiveness, in addition to the fact that it wouldn’t drastically alter the handling properties of the 86.

Tada also confirmed in the same interview with Drive that he is already developing the concept for a successor to the 86 and hinted that the Boxer engine could be dropped altogether. Recently, Toyota confirmed that it’s developing its first modern-era four-cylinder turbocharged engine that will likely make its debut in the new Lexus crossover.

[Source: Drive]

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  • Mark Gold

    How about Toyota dropping the Scion brand and calling it the Toyota GT-86 instead like everyone else around the world does. Why is Toyota insisting on dumbing down their brand? Oh yeah, because all they know how to do is sell beige boxes under the Toyota brand name. It wouldn’t surprise me if the next generation Supra ends us as a Scion. Oooooh let’s not give it a legendary name like the Toyota Supra and instead call it the Scion Sp or something stupid like that.

  • Kinetis

    “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;” -William Shakespeare

  • CmdreFussyPants

    First 4 cylinder turbo? Dear writer. Please quit. Just two off the top of my head: MR2 Turbo, Vitz turbo. Both 4 cylinder turbo toyotas.

  • ColumWood

    You are right. It has been corrected to say the first modern-era turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

  • R Wolf

    AMEN! It’s a kick ass car no matter what. Don’t get hung up on stupid names.

  • smartacus

    Exactly. Toyota keeping Scion, but dropping FJ… iQ lives on, but FJ dies?!

  • smartacus

    Tada confirms boxer engine dropped from 86 successor concept? O0oo dat’s good newz!

    Knowing Toyota, i bet it’s gonna be a V12 🙂

  • laba-laba

    long long time ago, ppl want drive supra not because Toyota, but Supra. i guess thereis no program with SCION tagname

  • smartassacus

    Maybe a W16?

  • MistyGreen

    I think more likely is the Scion sP.

  • Benzo

    maybe by the time Ford and Chevy sell 350 hp turbo 4’s for substantially less then Toyota ever will, then Toyota will have this 250 hp 2.5 completed.

    It’s embarrassing really. I feel bad for the design team who have had their car, the best made by Toyota in at least 10 years, so oppressed.

  • smartacus

    TADA wanted to let his underling VOILA shoehorn it in. But his boss, BINGO sez no go.
    Now the W8 from a VW Sharan idea originated from that quiet sucker, EUREKA and was promoted by PRESTO!

  • Robby G

    What’s wrong with the FR-S? If it made a shit load of power it would cost a shit load more.

  • smartassacus

    I see what you are saying… and wonder if you’re mentally ill.

  • smartacus

    I see you are hiding your true sexuality out of fear of embarrassment 😉

  • Rando

    Scion really needs to get its shit together.

  • Mako

    Huh … but the low CG of the Boxer engine is what makes the BRZ/FRS ?!

  • J Mac

    Agreed. It IS a Subaru after all.

  • J_Porter

    Don’t forget the excellent Celica GT-Four. And many others.

  • Mark W

    I really hope this story is true.

  • Bob Fishell

    2.5L to 250 HP? Where are you getting that? It’s not automatically a 1:1 increase. That’s not to say you can’t get 250 HP from a 2.5L engine, but it’s more complicated than just boring it out and expecting the horsepower to increase proportionally. Some more detail would be appreciated.

  • Jas

    Please put a proper Toyota engine in the FRS not some Subaru crap. Please change the name to Toyota GT-86. 20V and high rev please!! Maybe I will want one. Right now I dont feel like shelling out the $$ for a Subaru Toyota. I can live with the fact that the car is assembled by Subaru but at least make it drive like a Toyota.