Toyota might break away from Subaru with the next Scion FR-S, according to chief engineer for the FR-S Tetsuya Tada. Toyota has not made any official statements about whether the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins will remain identical for the next generations of the cars, but in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tada implied that a continued relationship wasn’t set in stone.
At issue is whether Subaru’s main contribution to the FR-S BRZ twins, the 2.0-liter engine, will be used when the cars are redesigned.
“The boxer has benefit for low center of gravity, but (we will develop the) concept for the next generation car first and then we will look at best possible options to fit,” Tada said.
Toyota has a few options for the next generation FR-S. The 2.5-liter version of the FA20/ 4U-GSE engine that will debut in the 2015 FR-S and BRZ with 250-horsepower could continue on. Scion could be planning a cylinder Supra based on the FR-S, and has teased that idea with a Gazoo racing concept. Toyota is also getting back on the turbocharging wagon with a turbo four-cylinder that should debut on the Lexus NX compact SUV concept in November at the Tokyo motor show. We already know how potent a turbo FR-S can be, but developing an in house turbo four instead of working off the boxer engine would cut Subaru out of the engineering process altogether.