Scion unveils “First 86” program for those who want a FR-S before everyone else

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 15, 2012

Scion has initiated a special program named “First 86” that seeks to give 86 people their dream to be the first to drive their own Scion FR-S. These cars will be delivered to them before they’re offered to the general public. Beginning noon EST on January 12, fans of the FR-S will have 8 hours and 6 minutes for their request to be submitted at

Scion said that the 2013 FR-S would be the first car to get a connected infotainment audio system named BeSpoke, which is equipped with Pioneer’s Zypr. A higher level of connectivity is what drivers get from Scion’s BeSpoke.

Among its amazing features are various personalized content and services. Jack Hollis, Vice President Scion, said that starting last year, Bluetooth Hands-Free and HD Radio™ Technology was offered as standard on all Scion models. He added that with Scion’s new BeSpoke system, owners become more connected as in-car technology is brought to the next level.

Scion had wanted to make an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with extraordinarily balanced performance and handling, stunning style, flexible utility and astonishing MPG and that’s what led to the creation of the FR-S (Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport). Toyota and Subaru worked together on the FR-S’s 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine.

The collaboration started by mixing Subaru’s newly developed horizontally opposed engine and Toyota’s highly advanced D-4S injection system, which combines direct and port injection. Partnering the D-4S system with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio resulted to an output of 200hp and 151 pound-feet of torque.

Scion FR-S is named for being a Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive Sport. It is Scion's fundamental interpretation of a genuine rear-wheel-drive sports car that perfectly blends performance and handling with captivating design, practical versatility and unexpected fuel economy.

FR-S rightfully fits its label as a legitimate scion of the Toyota performance car and motorsports heritage. Its main inspiration during its design and development stage was the AE86 Corolla model, otherwise recognised as the Hachi-Roku, which is Japanese for “8-6." This was a lightweight coupe with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration with a balanced performance that was well appreciated by motoring enthusiasts.

Styled like the AE86, the Scion FR-S has a design objective aimed at "Pure Balance," and this is reflected firstly in the strategic choice of installing the world’s sole flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive setup. With a flat and compact shape, the engine was successfully mounted very low at mid-ship. This gave the car a low gravity centre like some supercars, as well as a dynamically advantageous front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47.

Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine co-developed by Toyota and Subaru. The result of this collaboration was the incorporation of Subaru’s latest horizontally opposed engine with Toyota’s state-of-the-art D-4S injection system.

This D-4S system features both direct and port injection for each cylinder. Fuel is directly injected into the combustion chamber, while there is also a port injector above the intake valves. It is a new adaptation for the Scion line derived from the Lexus IS F.

Direct injectors are used by the D-4S system regardless of speed. Within specific speed ranges and engine loads, both the direct and port injectors are used to augment mid-range torque. D-4S also plays a vital role in reducing carbon emissions. FR-S heads manage intake- and exhaust-cam timing through dual variable valve timing. This assists in enhancing power, torque and fuel economy. The D-4S system, together with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, is instrumental in remarkably producing 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

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