If Toyota does decide to continue work with Subaru and its Boxer engine, the project could live on. But more likely, Toyota is planning to ditch Subaru’s Boxer 4-cylinder in place of a hybrid powertrain in collaboration with BMW. This would inevitably leave Subaru without a platform to work with.
But there is a slight hope for Subaru faithful. While Toyota remains on the fence about exactly what will power the second-gen FR-S, chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, says that turbocharging is something “we are studying,” but says that he would prefer to “retain natural aspiration in the future.”