Jack Hollis, VP of Scion was like a kid in a candy store at the media launch for the all the new racy Scion FR-S. He was so excited it became infectious among a group of crusty old automotive journalists.
He was 90 percent right on the money about the car’s style. Most folks thought it should have been called the “Supra.” I’m thrilled they did not go that way; if anything should be called Supra it would be the LFA.
The FR-S has amazing lines and old car buffs may see traces of the Toyota 2000 sports car. There’s also a little of the Toyota 800 2 cylinder sports car present. The Scion team – a calibration between Subaru and Scion – looked at the Corolla GT-S (also, known as the AE-86 in Japan) from the 80s. This is a drifter’s dream car and Scion has visions of doing the same thing with the FR-S.
The Scion FR-S is available in two basic models. Choices include automatic or a six-speed manual transmission; color, and a visit to the accessory bin to custom build your Scion.
One feature Scion offered on the FS-R is BeSpoke, a connectivity feature that allows owners to down load a IPhone App for free (Droids still in the works) and, trade tweets, send Facebook messages and more.
The power train is collaboration between Subaru and Scion so the engine is a flat four Boxster that produces 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 foot pounds of torque at 6,400 to 6,600 rpm. This car needs to run 91 octane due to the 12 to 1 compression. Mileage averages 22 MPG city and 30 highway with a manual transmission vehicle and 25 city and 34 freeway with the automatic.
I drove the FR-S on the highway and a race track. It’s a blast to drive, and open for design. The door panels and handles have been designed to accept a roll cage and flip the back seats down, and mounted race tires are available.
As far as drawbacks I found only one. The car needs more power and torque and maybe a supercharger in the future. Scion says no….we will see. The price is around $25,000 and just might be the deal of the year. The 2013 Scion FR-S won’t be here until late May or June.