2013 Scion FR-S makes world debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2012

The third and final version of the Toyota-Subaru collaboration -- the 2013 Scion FR-S -- has finally been unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The excitement has been building up ever since the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ were revealed previously. What the FR-S stands for is Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport – standing for the brand’s definition of a real rear-wheel-drive sports car.

It comes as no surprise that the vehicle is equipped with the same 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine used on the GT 86 and the BRZ.

It is expected to have an output of 200hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. Toyota’s innovative D-4S injection system is what these new engines use. They use both direct and port injection and they are aiming to offer an excellent fuel economy.

Its low center of gravity is similar to several exotic cars. In addition, the new FR-S has a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47. This engine is coupled to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission but the power is transferred to the road through a limited-slip differential.

To match the low weight, the FR-S has a dynamically tuned suspension setup, which includes MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone system in the rear. The car is fitted with lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and also comes with ventilated disc brakes.

Exterior Design

The exterior of the Scion FR-S hints strongly at the car's inner power. It sports a profile that takes after the Toyota 2000GT. Looking at it, it has a roofline and hood that is very low and sleek, giving it the best aerodynamic shape that lets the air flow over the car.

Moreover, the road hugging stance also helps to underline the coupe's fierce looks composed of sharp lines, angular headlamps, and wide lower intake. The daring front fenders jut upward and have the legendary 86 piston icon, which makes the car's connection to the AE86 obvious as well as hinting at the boxer engine inside.

The rear fascia is also wide and low and features aerodynamic treatments that encircle the dual exhaust. LEDs light up the taillights while backup lights at the center complete the muscular appearance.

Scion FR-S has seven color options, such as Raven, Hot Lava, Ultramarine, Asphalt, Argento, Whiteout, and Firestorm.

Interior Design

Scion FR-S has an interior that sports a 2+2 seating setup. With both function and form in mind, you have comfortable and very lowly mounted front seats that have deep bolsters and rear seats that fold down. This gives you flexibility in space. The interiors also feature one of a kind floor mats with the FR-S badge.

The big tachometer is mounted at the center and is the focus of the three-instrument panel. It has a programmable shift indicator. This lights up when you reach the redline.

Further, the driver can set the alerts to sound at increments of 100 rpm, after the first 2,000 rpm. You can also program the chime that sounds when you go beyond the redline, while analog and digital gauges monitor the speed.

Also, the Scion FR-S has a steering wheel trimmed in leather and that measures 365 millimeters in diameter. The performance oriented steering wheel has telescopic and tilt adjustment.

You will also appreciate the soft dash top with its "flat horizon" styling. This is a throwback to the simplicity of the dash you find on the Toyota 2000GT. You can find a raised rib at the middle of the dash top, and this serves as the centerline that mirrors the base of the windscreen. This helps the experience performance driver locate the center of the car.

Standard equipment of every Scion FR-includes the eight-speaker FM/AM/USB/CD Pioneer audio system, and HD Radio technology, plus the Bluetooth connectivity that gives you hands-free phone connection and streaming audio.

FR-S is the first Scion to have the BeSpoke multimedia audio system. The connected multimedia system will use Pioneer's Zypr. Connect it to an iPhone, and you gain a higher level of personalized content and connected features such as Internet radio, and social media content, among many others.

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