Thursday, June 7, 2012

Scion FR-S Review : Move yourself into a new dimension

Scion FR-S

The Hot Red Scion FR-S

Half-Toyota, half-Subaru, lightweight, rear-drive, boxer powered sports car Scion FR-S is ready to rule the streets. The FR-S takes the best of both worlds using Toyota engineering and Subaru’s boxer engine. The Scion FR-S is a spiritual successor to the 1983-1987 Corolla AE86 Hachi-roku. The LED headlights and taillights, the muscular wheel arches, the enormous rear diffuser, are all gone. Despite that, Scion's FR-S still has a mean look and at least they
kept the double exhaust pipes, left and right. The production version of the Scion FR-S will be powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated boxer engine developed by Subaru. It has a front engine / rear-wheel-drive architecture and promises to be a lot of fun to drive.

The FR-S is a seeming diversion from the FWD vehicles Toyota has been known for during the past 25 years. It features a longitudinally mounted engine with a choice of six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic transmission. Affordability is key, with the manual tranny model checking in at $24,200, while the paddle-shifting automatic will cost $25,300.

Power comes from a zesty  naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine, the product of a symbiotic relationship between Toyota and Subaru. Mounted front mid-ship, it is touted as being the world’s first horizontally opposed D-4S engine
created from the combined DNA of Subaru’s newly developed engine technology and Toyota’s D-4S direct-injection technology.This is not the first time that a Toyota brand vehicle has used a boxer-style engine. Toyota’s first sports car, the late 1967s Sport 800, had a flat two cylinder that produced, wait for it, 45 horsepower.

As for the cabin, the FR-S sticks to the functional, a clear indication the designers don’t want the driver to be distracted by a plethora of buttons that typifies many a modern sports car’s center stack. Rather, it’s to the point and straightforward. That said, it lacks a little flair for my taste. Then again, the FR-S’s attractive exterior makes up for it more than adequately.

Scion has never been a sales leader for the Toyota brand, but maybe things are about to change.

With the quirky, boxy designs nearly excised and hot fastbacks like this FR-S in place, Akio Toyoda’s dream of a car that buyers will become passionate about should easily come to pass. That they will become fanatical about it is a big likelihood, as well.


  1. Great review, had been waiting since long for Scion FR-S, it will be great if you can list the dealers as well and the best place to buy the FR-S

  2. To find the dealer in your vicinity please visit Scion FR-S Dealers and enter your city or the zip code.


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