HKS of Japan has released its Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S Supercharger kit which will join the few available forced induction kits available for this car. Last year HKS USA shut its doors due to slowing sales in America, but the Japanese manufacturer is still in business and proudly boasts a line of tuning products for the Toyota 86 platform. The Toyota 86, Scion FR-S HKS supercharger will still be available in the USA but instead of through a dedicated HKS distributor, the unit can be special ordered from a few outlets in the USA that have Japanese connections.
The Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 HKS Supercharger has been making the rounds on highly tuned sports cars including the HKS Racing Performer 86 driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi in the D1 Drift Championships, as well as the Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S that made its debut at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas. These two vehicles have been giving the Scion FR-S and Toyota 86 an unprecedented amount of real world exposure to the rigors and horsepower demands of track and drift racing.
The numbers: The base line horse power and torque of the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 is 153whp and 128 ft lbs of torque. The HKS supercharger is showing an increase in horsepower to 225 while torque increases to 182. These numbers appear to be in line with the recently released Scion FR-S Vortech Supercharger, however we are still awaiting the release of the dyno charts on that supercharger. The pricing of the Scion FR-S, Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ HKS Supercharger vary in the US due to import costs, but we are seeing prices from only a few online dealers at this point, ranging from $5999 from Bodykitz, $6000 from Guerilla Racing, and $6199 from FRSport.
How the HKS Compares with other forced induction kits: Currently there are only a few other forced induction kits on the market, as mentioned before the Scion FR-S Vortech supercharger is being released this month and commands between $4200 and $5500 for the “tuner” and “complete kits. The Vortech supercharger kit seems to be more geared towards casual tuning enthusiasts to mid level racing and drifting, and the price hits that mark well and will be a serious competitor to the HKS kit. Pricing and availability will certainly mean the HKS kit will be upsold by the Vortech, however HKS always will bring out the purists and JDM fans so those willing to wait a month or so to import. As shown on the HKS & Evasive motorsports project vehicles, the HKS supercharger is designed for complex tuning and absolute high performance.
The Greddy Tuner Turbo kit is still in development as of the writing of this article therefore we do not have sufficient data or pricing to make an accurate comparison between the two at this time. We imagine that HKS will be in competition on two fronts from each manufacturer.
HKS Parts Linup for Scion FR-S, Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ: HKS is currently manufacturing a complete line of aftermarket performance and tuning parts for the Toyota 86 platform. Among these items are the Legamax series of exhausts, Hipermax suspension, Racing Suction Loaded intake systems, HKS Oil Filters, head gasket and oil filter kits.
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