10 Cars That Could Use a Power Boost
What cars, out on the market now, are ideal to receive a bump in power? Perhaps a little or a lot. Some of the suggestions here may be regarded as automotive blasphemy, but if you can stomach a racing powertrain in a Toyota Yaris (as in the perplexing Yaris Hybrid-R Concept), well you can take just about anything.
A time may come when no automaker is capable of making a potent powerplant, choked by CAFE regulations. So why, when the world wants BMW to make the M1 so badly, do they use the M1’s shape to create a three-cylinder, hybrid supercar? Why not use BMW’s sublime twin-power turbo inline-6? It can make upwards of 350 horsepower, and the inline-6 is the spiritual descendant of the straight-6 used in the original M1.
The Regal GS is actually a competent and reasonably powerful car. The only issue is that the ride is soft and the manual transmission too supple for a car branded as a performance machine. The answer? Start borrowing from the GM performance parts bin. Stiffer suspension and a tighter short throw shifter would allow the GS to take advantage of its 259 horsepower.
Seriously, Toyota. You have this car at your disposal and you go for the Yaris? C’mon people. Now the Yaris may be better suited to the particular powertrain applied, but how about tossing the compact yet potent 305-horsepower V6 from the Lexus IS 350? At the very least, the FR-S could use a pair of turbochargers fitted to the standard boxer engine.