GM planning a Scion FR-S rival

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 21, 2013

Holden may start to offer a Toyota 86 fighter to its lineup if General Motors North America chief Mark Reuss is successful in his goal to offer a budget-buy rear-wheel drive Chevrolet coupe to the market. It didn’t get the green light for production yet but it was previewed by the 2012’s Code 130R concept car and it definitely has the attention of the former Holden chief.

The 86, which is available as the Scion FR-S in the US, and its nearly identical win, the Subaru BRZ, swept all before them last year.

Its demand surpassed supply and it has received numerous awards for car of the year due mostly to its inexpensive rear-drive oversteer feature. Reuss also said that this model would make a “great entry” for the company.

Reuss divulged that a production 130R will use the engineering basics of the newly-developed Alpha rear-wheel drive platform used by luxury brand Cadillac but it would cost less to build.

He clarified that the company will take advantage of its knowledge of Alpha and that they won’t imply shrink an Alpha. In the event that the 130R enters production, Holden Managing Director Mike Devereux would be sure to urge Reuss to make sure it gets to Australia.

It’s already rumored that the 130R will again be using the Torana name in Holden showrooms for the first time since 1980. Separately, Reuss said that an annual goal of 3000 and 5000 sales is set for the Chevy SS, which is another rear-wheel drive program with strong Aussie links and which is based on the upcoming VF Commodore and produced in Adelaide.

Scion FR-S is a product of Toyota’s long motorsports history. This sports car was highly influenced by Corolla’s Hachi-Roku (or AE86 generation). Back then, the “8-6” coupe has been a favourite among car hobbyists because of its rear wheel drive and front engine.

Just like a real descendant of the classic, the very stunning Scion FR-S delivers impressive handling and performance. Otherwise known as Front-engine Rear-wheel drive Sport, Scion’s authentic RWD is in fact fuel-efficient and also boasts of flexible utility.

“Pure Balance” starts with AE86’s comprehensive approach in engine design. To achieve this, The Scion FR-S features a rear-wheel drive configuration with the first-ever “flat boxer” engine within the front engine. Since the small engine is also flat, it is mounted very low at the mid-ship. This results into a 53:47 front-rear weight ratio, with an exceptionally low centre of gravity.

Toyota and Subaru developed the Scion FR-S’ 2L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine. This joint project combines Toyota’s D4-S injection system with Subaru’s new horizontally facing engine. The same D4-S injection technology has been applied on the Lexus IS F where each cylinder comes with both direct and port injection units.

Toyota’s advanced injection system engages the direct injectors at any given speed to support mid-range torque and reduce vehicle emissions. Combined with 12:51 compression ratio, the D-4S system can produce a massive 200hp and 151lb ft of torque, providing the Scion FR-S with excellent power and better fuel mileage.

Topics: gm, scion, scion fr-s

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