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.
Scion FR-S – with “F” standing for Front-engine, “R” for Rear-wheel drive, and “S” for Sport – is the carmaker’s definition of authentic RWD sports car with outstandingly balanced performance and handling, flexible utility, surprising fuel efficiency, and compelling style.
This vehicle is a true "scion," as it is born into a long history of performance cars and motorsports by Toyota. In its planning and development stage, the car got its inspiration from the Toyota Corolla’s AE86 generation, which is better known as Hachi-Roku, or "8-6" in Japanese. AE86 was a front-engine RWD coupe that’s well-balanced and lightweight, making it a great choice for driving enthusiasts.
Moreover, the Scion FR-S was designed around Toyota’s main objective of achieving "Pure Balance." This starts with the calculated use of a flat boxer engine with a front-engine RWD configuration – the only engine of its kind in the world. The compact size and the flat shape of the engine allow for it to be mounted extremely low and mid-ship, therefore giving the car a low center of gravity and a dynamically favorable 53:47 front-to-rear weight ratio. These make the Scion FR-S comparable to certain exotic supercars.
Additionally, the Scion FR-S's 2-liter, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine is produced through joint development efforts between Subaru and Toyota. This partnership starts by combining Toyota’s latest D-4S injection system and Subaru’s new horizontally opposed engine. This cutting edge injection system incorporates both port and direct injection for each cylinder, with one directly injecting fuel into the combustion chamber and the other being a port injector that’s positioned above the intake valves. The D-4S injection was adopted from the Lexus IS F and is a brand new technology for Toyota’s Scion family.