Enthusiasts wanted an affordable rear-wheel drive sports car, so Toyota delivered the Scion FR-S. It seems like the Japanese automaker is listening to its fans again for the mid-cycle refresh of its tail-happy coupe and will inject it with more performance.
A report from Motoring suggests that the car will have a life cycle of about 8 years, with the mid-cycle refresh coming with the 2017 model year. Part of the refresh will include a slight bump to power and torque, an increase of about five percent. That means you can expect somewhere around 208-hp compared to 200. This boost comes from a new intake manifold and improved engine internals that will reduce friction and help the coupe improve fuel efficiency by about seven percent.
But as they say in infomercials, “that’s not all!” The upcoming coupe will also get updated suspension that will enhance ride comfort while still delivering the sharp handling that the FR-S is known for. A reinforced rear suspension subframe will also help to retain stability.
Toyota is processing the feedback from its in-house racing arm Gazoo, who have been tuning and modifying the FR-S for racing applications. The Gazoo racing Toyota 86 won its class at the Nurburgring in the past. Expect them to have some big ideas for the chassis of the car.
Finally, the report suggests that the car will get an updated look, starting with a more aggressive front bumper, new headlights and hood, while the rear end will get a new diffuser and exhaust outlets.
Expect the Subaru BRZ to get similar power upgrades, but aesthetic updates that are unique to the brand’s design language. Look for the 2017 Scion FR-S to debut next year
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