2013 Scion FR-S will get a Five Axis body kit as the first accessory

Article by Christian A., on April 18, 2012

Toyota has announced more details about the accessories available for the U.S.-spec 2013 Scion FR-S, which will go on sale very soon. Scion dealers will be offering a new body kit as the first accessory. Toyota’s TRD performance wing provides its own body kit abroad but what Scion dealers will sell instead is a four-piece body kit from tuning company Five Axis.

The kit is comprised of a new lower fascia and bold rocker sills that kink upwards into the rear fenders’ character lines. A more appealing rear diffuser is also offered. Buyers can opt to get the kit in a pre-painted form. They could also ask for a rear spoiler. Pricing wasn’t revealed but it’s rumored that it will be priced at around $1900 for a painted four-piece kit. It also includes a one-year warranty.

TRD focused on its performance hardware. Sources say that most options offered overseas for the GT-86 can also be ordered in the U.S. TRD’s catalog for the U.S. market reportedly includes a cold-air intake, short shifter, a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels, a performance front brake kit, a revised exhaust system, lowering springs, sway bars, and a strut tower brace. What isn’t likely to be offered abroad is the adjustable damper kit.

Just like the Five Axis kit, expect the TRD add-ons to be sold through Scion’s dealer network, but don’t expect the TRD parts to arrive until the fourth quarter of 2012. The accessories offered at launch are mainly slight aesthetic changes like a rear bumper appliqué and audio improvements.

Scion hasn’t revealed the date when the 2013 FR-S will arrive at dealers and would only say that they will appear in late spring. A FR-S with a six-speed manual transmission has an MSRP of $24,930 (including destination costs) while the automatic versions have a starting price of $26,030.

Scion FR-S (Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive Sport) is what Scion defines as a true rear-wheel-drive sports car with remarkably balanced handling and performance, captivating style, flexible efficacy, and shocking fuel efficiency.

The Scion FR-S is truly a "scion," created as part of Toyota’s lengthy performance car and motorsport history. The planning and development were mainly inspired by the Corolla’s AE86 generation, which is better known as the Hachi-Roku ("8-6" in Japanese). The AE86 was a light and balanced front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe that was a driving enthusiast’s strongest selection.

With inspiration from the AE86, the Scion FR-S is styled to achieve the main goal of "Pure Balance," beginning with a calculated usage of the only flat boxer front engine and rear-wheel drive configuration. Being compact and flat allowed it to be mounted mid-ship and incredibly low, so that the car has an extremely favourable front-to-rear weight ratio (53:47) and a low centre of gravity compared to some other exotic supercars.

Toyota and Subaru jointly developed the Scion FR-S's 2.0-litre, naturally aspirating four-cylinder engine. The partnership started with Subaru's new horizontally opposed engine combined with Toyota's modern D-4S injection system – with each cylinder using both direct and port injection, one directly injecting fuel into the combustion chamber while the other is a port injector above the intake valves. Adapted from the Lexus IS F, the D-4S injection is new to the Scion.

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