Originally Posted by godfather2112
The idea of a partnership with honda would be exciting. Use honda tech for a rwd chasis and suspension with a mitsu turbo 4 cylinder motor. I would probably jump on a car like that. I think the brz/frs is really missing a huge market by not offering a turbo variant. Even if you turbo the current motor, you get small gains in hp/tq and reliability... well its unknown but we can speculate its not good.
I wonder why Honda and Mitsubishi didn't at least sit at the table together once word got out about Toyota and Subaru working together. Anyway, it would be intriguing to say the least. I'd have said it would be pointless at this point (since we all assumed that a turbocharged 86 would be on the way), but most reports now indicate that a more performance-oriented variant may remain NA and have somewhere around 240-250 hp, which is good, but a lot of people really do want a turbocharged engine in that kind of package. As good as the FR-S/BRZ twins are, visit the Genesis Coupe forums. There are plenty of people there who went for that car instead simply due to having more firepower, even if it doesn't drive as nicely through the bends.
My only concern is that while a lot of other manufacturers are switching to smaller engines with turbos, a bit reason for that is because they get better gas mileage rather than it being a "better" platform (though that is sometimes the case). I don't know if it's just because Mitsubishi doesn't know how to make a good ratio for its highest gears, but their turbocharged motors just don't seem to get anything better than average mpg. Yes, I realize that they are having the duty of powering a heavier car with AWD, but today's Evos are rated at about the same mpg that the GT-R gets, and that also has AWD... and another couple hundred pounds to lug around but with around 250 hp more. This will need to be addressed, one way or another.