|Scion FR-S (it's a Toyota GT-86 in Europe). The British turbocharged version lacks a body kit, and looks like this.|
Of course this had to happen. In the Scion FR-S we have a small, rear-drive GT with handling journalists rave about, at a bargain price ($25,000). Even off the showroom floor it has decent power. This British turbo kit sells for $12,000, and bumps horsepower to 250 and torque to 260 lb./ft., along with upgrades to the suspension, brakes, wheels, and tires. In a 2700 lb. car. Surely somebody in the States is contemplating a similar kit, if it's not on the market already.
Which raises the evergreen aftermarket question. Is a turbo kit FR-S an overpriced entry-level sports car at $37,000, from which you will never recover your outlay at resale? (Yes.) Or is it a bargain? (Yes. See: the late, lamented, Mitsu Evo VIII.) All I know for sure is that it looks like great fun at a track day. And the first thought that came to my mind was "Road trip to the Dragon!" Pipe dream: Toyota builds a turbo FR-S like this and sells it for a bit north of $30,000. But I don't recall Toyota ever offering a hot version of their sporty cars (Supra turbo excepted--and that's a big exception). Here's the Autocar video on the British kit: