2013 Scion FR-S: Driveability With Supercharger
August 29, 2013
I had to get to Streets of Willow in Rosamond, California from Orange County last week for our Corvette C7 versus the world test. I had the 2013 Scion FR-S, with supercharger, at my disposal to get there.
So, of course, I took Angeles Crest to Angeles Forest to get to Highway 14 North. Any other route would've been boring.
The extra power from the Innovate Motorsports supercharger made the drive up Angeles Crest much more interesting than it would've been in stock form. Uphill on mountain roads was never the car's strong suit, and that has largely been rectified.
But the supercharger install has brought on some low-speed drivability issues. The kind of issues that when you're at full song, you never, ever notice.
It's mostly just at takeoff from a stop. There's some occasional jerkiness to the throttle delivery as you get going, and it can make the FR-S hard to drive smoothly.
I imagine with a little work this can be tuned out. Plus, it's not enough of a nuisance to make me want to stop driving this car.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 21,482 miles