Subaru BRZ

Subaru working on a faster version of the BRZ

Sports car fans would love to see turbocharged models of the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S, and the Japanese automakers may be working on faster versions for their customers.

There is good news and bad news for Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S fans. The bad news is, we will not see a Subaru BRZ or a Scion FR-S come factory equipped with a turbocharged variant anytime soon. The good news is, Subaru is working on a high-performance version of the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine for the BRZ.

Subaru has been inundated with requests from their customers for the company to produce a faster version of the BRZ. And the Japanese automaker is listening. Global marketing manager Atoshi Atake, told Auto Express, "We have already had many requests from interested customers regarding a faster version. Let me say this, we will certainly satisfy our customers. We are already working on a faster version."

But don’t look for Subaru to do it by bolting a turbocharger to the flat-four cylinder. There are a number of reasons they won’t be coming out with a turbo model. Subaru says space is too limited at the front of the engine compartment to squeeze in an intercooler. They also say the turbo variant would be too heavy on fuel. But this doesn’t make a lot of sense because auto makers are turning to smaller engines with turbo’s to get fuel-efficiency up.

But the real reason could be because a turbo model would raise the price from $24,495 to near the $30,000 mark. We’re not sure of Subaru’s thinking here because the turbocharged WRX STI is well over $30,000 and it hasn’t been an issue. Atake said the BRZ will not be turbocharged also because they “want to keep turbocharging separate. It is for models like the WRX STi.”


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