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A Turbo Hybrid AWD FR-S? BRZ and FR-S Sedans Will Get High End Technology


One of the major selling points of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ has been the pure sports car driving experience that isn’t complicated by unnecessary technology. That’s why it’s strange to hear that a turbocharged hybrid all-wheel drive version of the FR-S and BRZ might be on the way. The FR-S and BRZ Sedan project, which was hinted at in the past but believed dead, would use all-wheel drive, a hybrid system and, most excitingly of all, a turbocharger.

Toyota has discussed a hybrid system as the most likely power adder for a future higher performance version of the FR-S and BRZ (after the 2.5-liter FR-S and BRZ come out), claiming that a turbocharger would put too much strain on the drivetrain. Now it seems they have revised that line of thinking (possibly after coming up short in the power department with just the hybrid) and are planning on combining the hybrid system with a turbocharger for 300-horsepower in the FR-S sedan. That’s not all, Toyota is also planning to make the FR-S Sedan all-wheel drive using in wheel motors that would only activate when rear wheel traction was lost.

Motor Trend claims that a version of the GT86 sedan has already been built and is 187 inches long, 70 inches wide, 55.1 inches high and has a 108.2-inch wheelbase. That would put it close to the Subaru Legacy and Toyota Camry in terms of size. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Sedan’s super secret internal development code is 734A, so if you’re a hacker pouring through Toyota’s internal documents and run into that code, feel free to send us any information you get with it (note: do not hack into Toyota in order to attempt to glean some hints on the GT86 Sedan, it’s not worth the prison sentence).



Image via Motortrend.

Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Will Get 255-HP, 2.5-liter Engine in 2015

Tetsuya Tada, Toyota’s chief engineer on the Scion FR-S, has said that the FR-S and the Subaru BRZ will definitely get an engine performance upgrade when the cars are refreshed in 2015.

“We [have] already tried all possibilities and there are several types of 86 prototypes at the Toyota proving ground now; one is a turbocharger, one is bigger displacement and [the other is a] special hybrid system,” Tada told the Sydney Morning Herald. “All possibilities are being considered.”

Tada wouldn’t go on record about which performance upgrade the FR-S and BRZ will get, but the SMH claims inside sources are telling them the Scibaru twins will get a bigger 2.5-liter engine. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ 2.5 engine will supposedly have 255-horsepower, a 25% bump over the stock 200-hp to go with the 25% displacement bump and almost as much horsepower as the Subaru WRX.

Using a 2.5-liter engine in the FR-S and BRZ is preferable to a turbocharger because it is believed the forced induction route would result in too much extra stress on the drivetrain, according to the inside sources. The hybrid idea was scrapped because of the added weight and complexity that would take the cars away from their core purpose.

No word on whether the 2.5-liter will be standard or available only in special editions like the BRZ STI, but as it stands the Japanese-only BRZ tS by STI has no engine upgrades.


Image via Scion.