2013 Scion FR-S: Appropriate Power
August 8, 2013
Anyone following our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S will know that I was a fan of its overall performance from day one. Yes, I realize the engine was unimpressive from a numbers standpoint, but it was balanced with the rest of the car.
Then we added the stickier tires and the balance changed. It became quite a bit harder to get the tail to whip around in turns, and for me, that's where the fun was. Regardless of tires, the engine just didn't have the grunt to launch the car out of turns with the sort of aggression I crave.
Now with the supercharger.
There's enough grunt to pray at the altar of oversteer. A short lift and tap of the throttle and the rear end points out of turns beautifully. The engine now has the ability to slide with the ease that it did in stock form, albeit at higher speeds.
Balanced has been restored to The Force.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 19,150 miles