The Scion FR-S will be hitting showrooms shortly and Toyota has limited production to one trim level (although a long list of dealer-installed accessories will be available) in North America. The FR-S’s 200-hp 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Some rear-drive sports cars offer more than one engine choice, which got us talking about FR-S possibilities.
What if the Scion FR-S was available with a factory upgrade in the engine compartment? Though it’s likely a matter of time before the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ offer a turbocharged model, we put came up with a list of Toyota- and Subaru-sourced engines that could serve under the hood of an FR-S:
- Forced-induction for our FR-S, please. It could use a turbocharger or supercharger to boost the fun quotient of the small rear-drive coupe. A supercharger would work as a dealer-installed TRD option, but we are looking forward to a turbo because of Subaru’s extensive history of turbocharged boxer engines. And what better way to reach 300 hp than a dual-scroll snail? Ken Gushi uses a turbocharged boxer from the Subaru WRX STI in his Scion FR-S drift car.
- Some couldn’t pass up the sound a flat-six engine with a throaty exhaust. So, how about a 3.6-liter flat-six engine cribbed from the Legacy sedan or Tribeca SUV? The 3.6-liter engine makes 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque—up 56 hp and a whopping 96 lb-ft of torque over the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter.
- The no-replacement-for-displacement crowd would love to see the Lexus IS-F’s 416-hp 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood of their Scion. The V-8, which cranks out 371 lb-ft of torque, wouldn’t be the first IS-F engine stuffed in one of the Toyobaru twins.
- Rumors suggest that Toyota will introduce an entry-level tuner-friendly GT 86 (as the Scion FR-S is known outside North America). A Scion FR-S stripped of its rear seats, air conditioning, and audio system could make a satisfying track or autocross car.
What do you think — would you welcome any of these 2013 Scion FR-S variants? Or is the 2013 FR-S and 2013 BRZ perfect as it is? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.
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