Rumors of a Scion FR-S sedan model have been floating around all year long but now they’re picking up steam, with the latest claiming that the car will arrive in 2016 with a turbocharged engine mated to a hybrid drivetrain.
Many already know how underpowered the factory FR-S feels with its 2.0-liter BOXER engine, sporting just 200 hp. Additional weight added by the sedan model means more performance is a necessity in order to maintain the nameplate’s standard of sportiness. While we know that Toyota has been testing various powerplant options for a more powerful FR-S model, sources inside the company revealed to Motor Trend that the automaker will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine mated to its hybrid system to produce around 300 hp.
With Subaru showing off essentially what was a BRZ station wagon at the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s easy to envision which direction Toyota would go with an FR-S sedan model. Sources close to Toyota say that the FR-S sedan will measure 187-inches long, 70-inches wide and 55.1-inches high while riding on a 108.2-inch wheelbase.
But that’s not all. With a hybrid-turbo powertrain in tow, the automaker is testing in-wheel motors on the front wheels that could result in a system similar to Acura‘s SH-AWD system.
While these latest rumors make it sound like Toyota is working on a lot at once, the FR-S sedan with a turbocharged engine won’t arrive until late 2016. Of course the project would have to make financial sense for the automaker in order for it to get the green light.
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[Source: Motor Trend]
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