It was a good rumor while it lasted.
It’s been quite some time since we heard anything about a turbocharged Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. While a convertible version of the latter has long been ruled out, word now is that it’s also not happening for the FR-S (or Toyota GT86). At the same time, a factory turbo seems to be dead as well. Speaking to Ward’s Auto at LA last week, Scion senior vice president, Doug Murtha, stated that as much as Scion tried to convince the powers that be at parent company Toyota, a business case just couldn’t be made for a convertible FR-S.
“So on the convertible we went down swinging,” Murtha proclaimed. “I think we were pretty aggressive on our (submitted plan), but we looked at what we would have conceivably lost on the product and said, ‘We’re not going to even push it further.’ Nobody was more disappointed than we were.” Regarding a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter boxer four, Murtha couldn’t have been clearer: "That’s not something that’s coming." This will likely be the case for the BRZ as well. Both cars haven’t met sales expectations and, ironically enough, Toyota and Subaru were considering convertible and turbo models to help increase those numbers. Scion instead will focus on revitalizing the rest of its lineup. Subaru, well, it already has the turbocharged WRX and WRX STI.