2013 Scion FR-S Review | Price | Interior | Exterior | Performance – Now, The U.S market sister ship to the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S, will go on sale this spring. It is an unusual car for parent company Toyota, or at least the Toyota of late. Before the creation of the FR-S, Akio Toyoda (president of Toyota and grandson of the company’s founder) asked himself, “Where is the passion in our lineup? I want to build a sports car.” The Scion FR-S is that sports car. (It also will be sold across the globe as the Toyota GT 86 or simply 86.) Much has been made about the collaboration with Subaru. Toyota claims credit for the car’s existence and the idea itself, which is in direct opposition to what Subaru told us. Fight! Fight! Toyota says chief engineer Tetsuya Tada’s original concept called for a front-engined sports car with rear-wheel drive. Inspired by the rear-drive Corolla of the ’80s that became the darling of drifters, the new sports car would be light, agile, and affordable. After some internal resistance within Toyota and Subaru, a prototype was built in late 2007 using a Subaru flat four and rear wheel drive.
For all of the press and hype surrounding the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ, not a lot of people know or have given love to the third model of the bunch, the Scion FR-S. All that’s about to change because the Scion FR-S has arrived. For those that have shed rivers of tears when they found out that neither the GT 86 nor the BRZ were headed Stateside, news that the FR-S will arrive in America is tantamount to a post Thanksgiving blessing. Now, we’ve actually seen a concept version of the FR-S called the FR-S Concept at the New York Auto Show, so it really didn’t come as a surprise to a lot of us that the sports coupe was coming to the US, but seeing the concept and seeing the production version are two different things.
The 2013 Scion FR-S joins the Subaru BRZ here in the U.S., while the third version of the car, the Toyota GT 86, won’t be sold here, at least initially. Whichever model you’re talking about, however, they all share the same core characteristics: rear-wheel drive, lightweight construction, simple features, and engaging driving characteristics. 2013 Scion FR-S stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising fuel efficiency. 2013 Scion FR-S provides the automotive landscape with an authentic sports car at an affordable price, with a MSRP of $24,200 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, and $25,300 when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that features paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management technology. 2013 Scion FR-S will start on sale in June 2012.
Price of Scion FR-S Concept :
Price of Scion FR-S Concept. | We now have a price tag, ladies and gentlemen! The Scion FR-S will cost you $24,930, including $730 in destination charges, for the six-speed, short throw manual transmission. If you prefer an automatic a six-speed, paddle-shifted transmission with rev-match technology, the cost reaches $26,030 inclusive of destination charges.
Other accessories will be available à la carte in usual Scion fashion, the most substantial of which is the 340-watt Pioneer BeSpoke premium audio that features a novel app-based multimedia interface. This system will debut with iPhone capability only, with other device compatibility to follow in the coming months. Pricing for this isn’t finalized yet, but it’s expected to cost less than $900.
Exterior of Scion FR-S Concept :
Exterior of Scion FR-S Concept. | Since it was a concept, Scion was able to play around with the design of the FR-S Concept a little bit more. The production version, on the other hand, appears to have been designed more conservatively, albeit still carrying a sharp and clean design that’s a far departure from what we’re used to with Scion.
In addition to tracing its lineage to the AE86 generation of the Toyota Corolla, the production FR-S’ profile was inspired by the Toyota 2000GT, and distinguishes itself with a sleek and low hood and roof-line that enhance the coupe’s sporty and aggressive stance while also providing aerodynamic efficiency. The sharp lines, wide mouth, and angular headlights of the FR-S are likewise a testament to the car’s personality, as are the aggressive front fenders that protrude upward. Meanwhile, the rear end fascia lies low and wide to the ground, complete with aerodynamic lower treatments that surround the sporty dual exhaust system.
Interior of Scion FR-S Concept :
Interior of Scion FR-S Concept. | The interior of both models on display sported a basic audio system supplied by Pioneer and simple manual climate controls, unlike the navigation system and dual automatic climate control systems shown in the Toyota and Subaru versions. The production car also had a black cloth interior with red stitching and red accents on the upper seat bolsters. The tachometer sits front and center with an integrated digital speedometer. The rear seat folds flat, providing enough room “to transport a full set of race-spec tires, a floor jack, and the necessary pit tools for a fun day at the track,” according to Scion. Just don’t expect to realistically transport any rear-seat passengers, as the space is extremely tight, especially in the legroom department.
As for the interior, the FR-S was designed with a 2+2 seating configuration that was developed to adhere to the car’s overall form and function. Just like the exterior details on the car, the front seats are mounted lower than usual, yet are still comfortable enough to encourage aggressive driving. The two rear seats can be folded, offering up more space for luggage to be stowed. The FR-S also has a large center-mounted tachometer with a three gauge cluster.
Performance of Scion FR-S Concept :
Performance of Scion FR-S Concept. | The Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter front boxer engine that can also be found on the 86 and the BRZ. The engine can then be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Output numbers are also the same at 200 horsepower and 151 lb/ft of torque.
What’s unique about this new powertrain is that it carries Toyota’s new D-4S injection system, a technology that results in direct injection combined with port injection. With separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, and a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, the D-4S system can increase the power and torque bands of the FR-S over a wide range of engine speeds, all without having to sacrifice the sports coupe’s fuel efficiency numbers. Source : topspeed.com, motortrend.com.
Specs of Scion FR-S Concept :
– Length 166.7 inches
– Width 66.9 inches
– Height 51.2 inches (exclusing antennae base)
– Wheelbase 101.2 inches
– Track (Front) 59.8 inches
– Track (Rear) 60.6 inches
– Seating Capacity 4
– Engine Displacement 1,998 cc
– Engine Type Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, D-4S injection, DOHC
– Bore × stroke 86 × 86 mm
– Maximum output 200hp @ 7,000 rpm
– Maximum torque 151 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm
– Transmission 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
– Driveline Rear-wheel drive
– Front Suspension MacPherson struts
– Rear Suspension Double wishbone
– Front Brakes Ventilated Disc
– Rear Brakes Ventilated Disc
– Front Tires 215/45R17
– Rear Tires 215/45R17
– Fuel tank 13.2 gallons
– Fuel Premium Unleaded