2013 Scion FR-S impressive on the dyno [Video]
Akio Toyoda, who is the president of Toyota, has brought new passion to the Japanese automaker and infused the brand with a competitive spirit. Toyoda who isn’t your typical grey-suited CEO, is a certified test driver for Germany's famed Nurburgring, and regularly drives competitive vehicles.
Before the creation of the FR-S, Toyoda asked himself, “where is the passion in our lineup?, I want to build a sports car.” With Toyoda’s racing background and his love for fast cars, he has been instrumental in developing the Toyota GT 86 that will be sold across the globe, and the Scion FR-S here in the U.S.
The Toyota GT 86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ are getting closer to a release date and Inside Line was lucky enough to get their racing gloves on a FR-S and threw it on the dyno to see how the sports car would perform. The naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four cylinder with 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque isn’t all that impressive on paper but they found out some interesting things about the four-cylinder boxer engine.
The engine that was developed by Subaru and Toyota delivered what Inside Line called "the most repeatable runs on the dyno of any car in recent memory," with peak wheel power measuring 173 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 143 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm’s. So what happened to the advertised 200 horsepower? The numbers on a dyno are generated at the rear wheels and most manufacturers record horsepower and torque at the crankshaft.