The Scion FR-S needs more power. It’s been said a thousand times before and enthusiasts all over the globe start shopping for everything from a new air filter to a turbo kit as soon as they buy their FR-S, but Toyota has been insistent that the sports car remain pure and untouched by the devil of horsepower.
Toyota Europe VP Karl Schlicht spoke to Top Gear about the change in philosophy at Toyota spearheaded by the FR-S and the new FT-1 concept car. Schlicht says that Toyota will become an exciting car company again and will stop simply chasing sales volume. Toyota Boss Akio Toyoda “believes Toyotas should be drivers’ cars”.
But when asked about the prospect of a more powerful FR-S, like the 2.5-liter FR-S, a turbocharged FR-S or an FR-S Supra, Schlicht said “We want to keep that car pure,” he said. “You put a turbo on it, give it bigger tires, and you start turning it into a different category of car…”
The FR-S; competition is stiff, there are a lot of sporty cars in the $25,000 range that offer more horsepower or more practicality or a convertible. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ compete with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Hyundai Genesis, Honda Civic Si, Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, VW GTI, Dodge Challenger, Ford Focus ST and Fiat 500 Abarth. To name a few. So should Toyota really insist that enthusiasts love “fun to drive” more than speed? The FR-S might be at the front of that pack for fun, but it might not be when you start charting lap times.