Turbocharging A Scion FR-S To 450HP Is Always The Answer

We all agree that the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ duo is one of the most fun to drive new cars on the market, especially for their price bracket, but the biggest criticism was and is their weak punch.

People like their sports cars fast and that’s what this Scion FR-S owner did to his car; he strapped a big turbo to his built 2.0-liter flat-four and now the Japanese sports car has 450hp to play with.

The Toyobaru twins are all about the chassis from the factory but the addition of more oomph means that the said chassis now has the proper power levels to go do its thing.

It also makes all the right sounds, the turbo flatter mixing with the wastegate and the classic flat-four Subaru playing its angry notes; it’s perfect.

Revving every last bit of your naturally aspirated engine is fun but having double the power of the stock car in a chassis so capable sounds like proper, sports car-fun to our ears. David Patterson has a go at this beast of a Scion FR-S in his latest video linked below.

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  • Spurious Squirrel

    Why didn’t either Suburu or Toyota do this?!? Toyota wouldn’t need the Supra, Suburu would have a halo model. Overall after all the hype of a fast affordable coupe the car has been a disappointment, yeah it was all about the handling…

    • getoffme

      It is only a disappointment to people like you who are not even in the market for one.

      • Spurious Squirrel

        If the car had been given more power as standard then yes I would be interested, so my opinion is valid.

        • getoffme

          And guess what? People still bought the 86/BRZ although it did not have power. So my opinion is valid too. This is too easy.

      • SteersUright

        And you know all people, therefore your opinion alone is valid? I’m in total agreement with Spurious. The power simply did not match the price point and that is the simple truth. Its a terrific $20k sports car out of the box. Its an underpowered $30k sports car as there are now base GT’s, base Camaro SS, 370z, 350hp Genesis Coupe, and a variety of more exciting cars in the segment when you inch near $30k, not to mention a bunch of other interesting options if you look at slightly used sports cars as well. I myself just picked up a used 2014 Cayman with PDK and 275hp with a superior mid-engine layout for $28k.
        Most of us enthusiasts loved the idea of the BRZ/FRS and were not pleased with the execution.

        • Aquaflex

          That’s a underpowered cayman base model right? Still
          Bad ass though the NA Flat six is what Porsche should have stayed with or somehow squeezed in the 3.0 flat 6 turbo into the 718…

          • SteersUright

            2980lb’s and 275hp, 0-60 in 5 sec with PDK is underpowered? Perhaps by Porsche standards, its their slowest sports car. But by any other measure, its fast. I’ve had a 2013 Cayman S and a 911 Cabriolet, and the 911 felt faster, but not night and day. The Cayman S was a bit of a beast, but I could never wind out the beautiful flat 6 without being well over 100mph, unlike the base Cayman, which allows me to go through gears 1-3 much more often.
            And yes, the 2014 base Cayman is about as slow as a proper sports car should be, outside of the special, teeny, tiny Miata. That car is so tiny, it feels just right. The BRZ feels more substantial and larger (heavier) somehow, and thus slower, also because it is. The BRZ was quoted at 7+ sec 0-60, that mini-van slow. The Miata, even, was quoted at somewhere around 6sec, thats more acceptable.

        • gshemant

          I heard Toyota and Subaru were considering turbocharging and supercharging during development but in the end it was scrapped because they wanted to create a car that harkens back to the old standard of a driver’s car. In toyota’s case, they wanted the 86 to feel like its ancestors the ae86 and 2000gt. A new 86 is coming in 2019 though so hopefully that one uses forced induction.

        • getoffme

          What an ironic response. Good job!

      • javier

        please tell me a good many owners are a bit over the anemic performance

        • Mill0048

          I love mine (daily driven in aggressive FL traffic) and I don’t describe the performance as anemic, it’s perfect. I came from a modded Mazdaspeed 3 and I find the power is just right. The point behind the BRZ/FRS/86 is the chassis. My friends and family that drive it gush over the playful nature of the chassis and think the performance is just right. The torque dip isn’t as much an issue in the 2017’s. If you’re riding the car hard, you’ll be revving high above it anyway.

          But in this power-obsessed world people get butt-hurt over a 200-hp RWD coupe. There’s plenty of other sports cars if this isn’t your thing. If the price is a problem, you can buy low-mileage examples all day for around $20k. Also, if you really want cheap speed, just get a bike.

          It’s just armchair enthusiasts complaining… just like the debate on manuals.

          • SteersUright

            Not quite. I drove a 2015 that a coworker bought. I loved it. It felt raw and like a proper sports car. I also felt it needed just a bit more power to compel me (also a sports car lover) to want one as well. Like you said though, there are different sports cars for different people.

  • Sjaak

    10 minutes dude in blue. Show test charts/documents. Show under bonnet pics. Untill then, sorry guys, it is fake news.

    • Jason Miller

      The guy is great at what he does. He doesn’t have 727k subscribers for nothing.

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