Scion's 2013 FR-S compact rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle is available for as low as $24,200 (manufacturer's suggested retail price) when fitted with a six-speed manual transmission. As for the unit with a six-speed automatic transmission, pricing begins at $25,300. The automatic transmission boasts of rev-match technology and paddle shifters.
FR-S stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport. The coupe is the fifth model in Scion's product lineup. It will be launched for sale this spring. The high performance vehicle is the company's representation of a genuine rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle with outstanding balanced handling and performance, flexible utility, surprising fuel efficiency and compelling style. This automobile is considered as a true "scion," born into a long history of Toyota performance vehicles and motorsports.
The vehicle takes inspiration from the AE86 generation of the Corolla, which is known as the Hachi-Roku (Japanese terms which translate to "8-6"). The AE86 was a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe that was well balanced and lightweight -- features that made the vehicle popular to driving enthusiasts. With the AE86 as inspiration, the FR-S is developed around the core goal of attaining "Pure Balance." The balance starts with the strategic utilization of the only flat boxer engine in the world into a rear-wheel-drive, front-engine configuration.
The flat shape and compact size of the powerplant allow it to be attached extremely low and mid-ship, providing the automobile a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 as well as a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars.
The FR-S's engine -- a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, 2-liter powerplant -- is the result of the joint development of Subaru and Toyota. The alliance starts by combining the latest horizontally opposed engine of Subaru and the innovative D-4S injection system of Toyota that integrates both direct and port injection. The D-4S system, matched with a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, provides a remarkable 200 horsepower and torque of 151 pound-feet.