More Proof We Need a Supercharged FR-S
Fans of the Scion FR-S love pretty much everything about the lovable little sports car. We do stress, however, “pretty much everything.” One of the constant complaints about the FR-S is that it is seriously lacking in the power department. For the longest time, folks have been clamoring for a turbocharged or supercharged FR-S, but Toyota has refused to deliver.
Car Throttle gets right to the heart of the matter: “We need more power and more edge to get rid of that nagging feeling every time you step on the gas.” Being that Car Throttle operates out of the UK, they then trot out two versions of the FR-S’ nearly identical kin—the Toyota GT86.
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One is TRD tuned with wider tires, new front and rear splitters, freer-flowing exhaust, and absolutely no alterations to the engine.
The second is tuned by HKS and features a supercharger that allows for 270 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. More power? More power. We’re talking around a 10 mile per hour increase in top speed and a near two-second-drop in 0 to 60 time.
The reaction to the TRD FR-S/GT86 is appropriately enthusiastic. It’s said to look a bit meaner than the HKS, but it can’t match the supercharged FR-S for power. Where Car Throttle’s driver is pleased to be behind the wheel or the TRD, he’s positively ecstatic to drive the HKS. Given the power boost and even the change in exhaust note, we can’t blame him.
Look, the FR-S is amazing and wonderful and we love it. But, seriously, would it kill Scion to try out a supercharged model at this point? We think not.
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