Is Toyota Going To Ruin Its Sports Car With A Small Engine?

Affordability and performance don't usually go hand-in-hand.

The Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S) is one of the most enjoyable vehicles that enthusiasts can actually afford to own. However, Toyota realizesthat the Mazda MX-5 Miata is in a class of its own in the compact sports carsegment and is planning a competitor that will be smaller than theFR-S but just as enjoyable. We’ve already know what the S-FR looks like thanksto a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, but the most important aspect of the sportscar was a mystery, until now.

According to a report by Motoring, the compact S-FRCoupe is expected to get a turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine from theScion iM hatchback that’s sold overseas. The motor will have direct fuelinjection and variable valve timing for maximum output while returning goodfuel economy. At the moment, performance is expected to be at 114 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque, which isless than the rumored 130 hp. However, with an expected weight of less than 2,200 lbs., a smallerengine may provide enthusiasts with the same thrilling ride as the FR-S. The Miata’s2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 155 hp and weighs in at 2,332 lbs, which is more than the S-FR's expected engine.

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