We're glad Subaru made the second-generation BRZ. It's not often an automaker builds a (relatively) low-priced sports coupe for the masses, and we appreciate them for that. But you really can't please everyone, as there are those saying Subaru should have turbocharged the second-generation model.
The (mostly) new BRZ uses a 2.4-liter flat-four engine straight from the Ascent/Evoltis mid-size crossover. While it's turbocharged in the family hauler, Subaru took it out for the low-slung coupe. With that, we see the argument for those saying they could easily boost it. All they had to do was shove that engine in the BRZ, right?
Well, it's more complicated than that, says Subaru. The problem here is the location of the turbocharger. That's because the 2.4-liter's turbo is mounted at the bottom. As a result, that forces the engineers to raise the hood of the car. It also requires a higher mounting point for the engine, which raises the center of gravity, negating the advantages of the boxer engine in a small vehicle.
But hold on, there are aftermarket companies that have turbo kits for the previous-generation BRZ. So why can't Subaru do it themselves? Well, they have an answer for that too. For them, it's all about keeping the prices within the reach of many. They say adding a turbocharger bumps up the base price of the BRZ and, according to them, it moves away from the original goal of building an attainable sports car.
Of course, there will always be enthusiasts saying Subaru should have pushed for turbocharging, and no amount of explanations will satisfy them. Still, we wouldn't call a small coupe packing 228 PS and 249 Nm of torque underpowered. It's a healthy upgrade from the 200 PS and 205 Nm figure from the outgoing model.
But if that's still not enough, we're expecting the aftermarket tuners to come up with a turbo kit for the sports coupe.
Source: Road and Track