The Toyota 86, known as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ in the States, promised a return to the good old days, when you could get a cool, rear-drive sport coupe for a reasonable price. Of course the “86,” or hachiroku in Japanese, is a reference to the iconic RWD Corolla coupes from the ’80s. With bloodlines like these, Toyota and Subaru couldn’t miss.
But they did. Hard. Because the modern-day hachiroku just doesn’t have enough muscle. The 2.0-liter boxer four under the hood is rated at 200 horsepower and a measly 151 lb-ft of torque. It makes some sporty noises when you wind it out, but there’s no force behind it. The FR-S and BRZ are not fast cars, which is a shame, because the target demographic loves fast cars.
So what’s a power-hungry FR-S or BRZ owner to do? Slap a turbo on it! Here are two great kits that’ll turn your ride into a monster right quick.
Turbocharging the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ
For mega aftermarket power, a turbo kit is the way to go. The peak output with some of these kits is explosive. Of course, they use more oil, and any modified car requires extra maintenance. But a lot of folks have been running turbo setups on 86s for thousands of miles with no issues. It’s a robust foundation for a build. As a point of entry, check these two kits out.
FA20Club Stage 1 ($3,499)
FA20Club is one of the big names you see on the hachiroku boards, and for good reason. They pack a lot of value into their kits. The Stage 1 is their entry-level setup, which they say is “capable of up to 280whp without fuel mods.” That’s a cool 115-hp gain over stock power at the wheels. If you think about the power-to-weight ratio that offers, we’re approaching Porsche Cayman territory. Not bad for a few grand.
Dynosty Turbo Build ($17,914)
Ready to roll up your sleeves? Let’s get serious and quintuple the price of the FA20Club kit with this well-regarded Dynosty setup. If you’re up for it, an easy 400+ whp can be yours, and that puts your hachiroku in rarefied territory indeed. See, these cars in stock form weigh in at about 2,800 pounds, maybe a little less. Now consider the new C7 Corvette, making 460 hp for 3,300 pounds. If you do the math, the 86 actually has a better power-to-weight ratio than the Vette. Maybe spending $45 grand or so on a Japanese sport coupe isn’t so silly after all.
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