Subaru preparing turbocharged BRZ?

The turbocharged BRZ could make up to 280 horsepower.

Subaru engineers are busily developing a turbocharged version of the brand's new 2.0-liter flat-four engine. Slated to power the next-gen WRX, the mill could also find its way under the hood of the BRZ coupe.

The boxer engine will feature a single twin-scroll turbocharger to help reduce lag and a direct fuel injection system that Subaru is developing on its own. Thanks to these and other internal modifications, the flat-four will make up to 280 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque, a big bump over the normally-aspirated BRZ's 200 ponies and 151 lb-ft. of twist.

If the rumor proves true, the turbocharged BRZ will debut next year as a 2014 model. No word was spoken about how much of a premium it will carry over its normally-aspirated sibling but it will serve as the lineup's range-topping model.

While a BRZ with forced induction is a distinct possibility, Toyota's Scion division has confirmed to Car & Driver that the FR-S will most likely not be offered with a turbocharger in the United States in order to keep its price below the $30,000 mark.

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