Rumors of the Scion FR-S (Toyota GT86) family growing are back on the table.
A new report from Motoring.com.au cites unnamed sources in Japan that claim Toyota has put the GT 86 convertible and sedan models back under consideration, along with turbocharged and hybrid variants. Rumor has it that the convertible model will join the lineup as early as this year while the sedan model won’t make its debut until 2016. According to the report, the FR-S sedan will offered turbocharged and all-wheel drive, in addition to a turbo-hybrid powertrain.
Since the sedan will be larger and heavier, the Japanese automaker is preparing two powertrains to ensure sufficient performance. The flagship model will utilize Subaru’s Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engine in the form of a 2.0-liter for Japan and 2.5-liter for other markets. It is likely that the turbocharged engine will be good for close to 300 hp. Toyota could be plannig to offer the turbo powerplant in the coupe model as part of a mid-cycle refresh.
Toyota will supposedly use in-wheel electric motors to power the front wheels to offer all-wheel drive capability and will use a hybrid powertrain that is compatible with Subaru’s direct injected boxer engine but more powerful than the system being used in the XV Crosstrek hybrid.
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