Say Goodbye To Those Dreams Of Seeing A Turbocharged Subaru BRZ
The same goes for the Toyota 86by Kirby Garlitos, on
Sometimes, it’s better to just swallow the bitter pill and accept things for what they’re worth. No more is that more important than after Motor Authority essentially heard confirmation from two Subaru officials that the the current-generation BRZ will not get turbocharged, STI, or convertible versions. Since the BRZ’s counterpart in Toyota, the 86, is basically the same car, don’t pin all those hopes and dreams on the 86 going the turbocharged route either.
The good news is that the “no turbocharged version” confirmation only affects the current-generation BRZ, and for what it’s worth, the decision to steer clear of that route makes sense considering that the BRZ and 86 are already five years old and second-generation models for both sports cars have already been confirmed. It’s simply too late in life for these coupes to get a turbocharger.
So for now, the current states of both sports coupes will remain the same. The Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 will continue to be powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. They may not have gotten turbochargers from their respective companies, but at least there’s that five-horsepower and five-pound-feet of torque bump from that mid-life cycle.
Like I said, sometimes we just have to take the good with the bad and hope for brighter days ahead. Fortunately, neither Subaru nor Toyota have given indications on whether turbochargers will be included with the second-gen versions of the BRZ and Toyota, respectively. As long as that possibility is still on the table, we’ll take it.
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We all knew this was coming
A big part of us always knew that this would happen. We didn’t want to admit it because we’re a hopeful lot, but deep down, we knew that the possibility of seeing turbocharged versions of the current-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ was unlikely. Thank God then for our friends at Motor Authority for finally getting to the bottom of it and freeing all of us from our malaise.
Now that it’s settled, we can at least let go of any hopes of seeing turbocharged versions of both sports cars as far as the current generation is concerned. The second-generation models though are an entirely different discussion. Neither Toyota nor Subaru have given indications on how they plan to go about preparing those models so the hope of seeing turbochargers on the 86 and BRZ respectively will now be focused on those second-guess models. It’s still unclear which way both companies are leaning on the matter, but the good news is that we still have enough time to drown them with pleas and calls to unleash both sports coupes so they can realize their full potential.
In the meantime, existing and prospective owners of both the 86 and the BRZ can take comfort knowing that just because Toyota and Subaru aren’t putting turbochargers on these cars, that doesn’t mean the doors are irreparably closed. The aftermarket tuning scene has plenty of those turbochargers in stock and a lot of tuners will be more than willing to drop them in either of these two sports cars for the right price. At least we all know that when it comes to the aftermarket world, anything’s possible with these two sports cars.
All you need to do is look up “Toyota 86 by Street FX.” 1,000 horsepower good enough?
2017 Subaru BRZ - Drivetrain Specifications
|Engine||4-cylinder, horizontally opposed (SUBARU BOXER), die-cast aluminum alloy cylinder block|
|Displacement||1,998 cc (122 cu. in.)|
|Bore x Stroke||86 mm x 86 mm (3.39 x 3.39 in.)|
|Horsepower||Manual: 205 HP @ 7,000 RPM |
Automatic: 200 HP @ 7,000 RPM
|Torque||Manual: 156 LB-FT @ 6,400 RPM |
Automatic: 151 LB-FT @ 6,400 RPM
|Transmission type||Standard: 6-speed manual |
Optional: 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode, downshift blipping control and steering wheel paddle shifters
|Fuel economy City/highway/combined||6-speed manual: 21/29/24 |
6-speed automatic: 24/33/27
|0 to 60 mph||manual: 6.6 seconds |
automatic: 6.7 seconds
|Top Speed||manual: 141 mph |
automatic: 143 mph
Read our full review on the Subaru BRZ here.
Source: Motor Authority