What's the one criticism routinely lodged against the otherwise well-received Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS twins? It's the lack of Powwwwwah. Many tuning shops have already turned up the dial on these cars. Here's the latest.
On this week's episode of Tuned, Matt Farah drives a tuned Scion FRS by Canada's VCMC Motorsports, sharing California's Chuckwalla Raceway with a bunch of $500 beaters — a practice session for the 24 Hours of Lemons — for an added level of difficulty.
VCMC, in an effort to build the ultimate weekend track car, brought the FRS's Subaru-sourced two-liter boxer four up to 350 hp — 320 at the wheels. That by way of a motorsports-grade turbo kit and nine pounds of boost — modestly applied due to the engine's bone-stock bottom end.
They also gutted the interior, installed a set of KW Variant 3 coilovers, among a raft of other track-focused improvements. That, as part of the shop's entry in Scion's Canada Tuner Challenge.
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