2011 New York Auto Show: Scion FR-S Concept is one red beauty

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 18, 2011

After two leaked photos, Scion officially unveiled the FR-S Concept at the 2011 New York Auto Show. As expected, FR-S stands for Front-engine… Rear-wheel drive… Sport, pretty simple, right? Based on the Toyota FT-86 Concept, the new Scion FR-S is powered by a flat 2.0-liter boxer engine in a front-engine, which utilizes Toyota's D4-S injection system.

For those who don’t know, the D4-S injection system uses both direct and port injection, giving the engine more power and torque without increasing fuel consumption.

The engine can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. We will not say anything about the car’s design but we hope to see a production version of this car just like this one.

The design is completed by the 20-inch monoblock Five Axis wheels wrapped in high performance tires. Behind these wheels we find four-piston-caliper front brakes clamping down on monstrous 18-inch annular carbon ceramic matrix rotors, fixed to the wheels in a motorcycle-fashion.

The car comes with a Code Red paint finish, a custom blend of candy and developmental additive from BASF called Mearlite SSQ. "Scion is always experimenting with new things," said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president.

Scion’s concept car, the FR-S Concept, has a name that means front-engine, rear-wheel drive, sport. This car is Scion’s interpretation of a true rear-wheel-drive sports car that combines a fascinating style, exceptional performance and handling, versatility and unexpected efficiency.

Scion Vice President Jack Hollis said that their company likes to keep exploring new things. Describing the brand as being "iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and ground-breaking with the iQ,” he adds that they expect the FR-S to catalyse the brand’s elevation to a new level that it is destined to reach.

The FR-S can be considered as a true "scion" with its Toyota sports and performance car ancestry. This sports coupe mostly resembles the lineage of the AE86 Corolla, otherwise called the Hachi-Roku, which is Japanese for "8-6." That coupe also had a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration and a balanced, lightweight design that made it a fan favourite. .

The AE86 influence is seen in the fact that the FR-S is also designed for “pure balance”. This is illustrated by the flat 2.0-litre boxer engine’s frontal placement and the rear-wheel drive system. The compact shape of the engine accommodates a lower and more aft position for the power train, resulting in a lower centre of gravity and an advantageous weight distribution.

Hollis adds that Akio Toyoda aims to reinstate the Toyota fun-to-drive spirit to its cars. Hollis is convinced that the Scion FR-S Concept is one of the embodiments of that objective. The aggressively designed exterior is an expression of its powerful performance. The sublime proportions of its silhouette give off an intimidating aura that is backed up by its capabilities. The profile has a streamlined hood line derived from the Toyota 2000GT.

FR-S also has a low, road-hugging stance that further adds to its aggressive aura. The geometric headlights with bright LED clusters, the line creases and the large intake contribute to provide this impression.

The roofline panel is light but sturdy and has streamlined grooves for smoother airflow, while front fenders angle upward to give way to the Five Axis 20x8.5-inch wheels. The rear fenders slightly broaden out to accommodate 20x10.5-inch wheels. Overall, the FR-S has a staggered shape that calls attention to the car being rear-wheel-driven.

The wide rear fascia is set low and is styled to sleekly house the left and right exhaust, adding further to the car’s aerodynamics. The taillights and the “SCION” lettering have LEDs for illumination.

Press Release

Scion Introduces FR-S Sports Coupe Concept at 2011 New York Auto Show

Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe to- day at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets out to stimulate the souls of true driving enthusiasts, will be at the Scion display through May 1. The FR-S Concept will inspire a new model coming to the Scion brand next year.

The FR-S Concept, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion's defini- tion of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with compelling style, exceptionally balanced perfor- mance and handling, flexible utility and surprising MPG.

"Scion is always experimenting with new things," said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. "The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will expand the brand into yet another new dimension that I know it is truly destined for."

The FR-S is a true "scion," born into a lengthy history of Toyota performance cars and motor- sports. The sports coupe is most inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, better known as the Hachi-Roku, meaning "8-6" in Japanese. The front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe was lightweight and well balanced, making it a solid choice for driving enthusiasts.

Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is built around the core goal of achieving "pure balance," which begins with the strategic placement of a flat 2.0-liter boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine's compact size and shape allows the FR-S' powertrain to be mounted lower and further back towards the rear, giving the car a lower center of gravity and a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio.

The FR-S' naturally-aspirated engine is innovative, being the first boxer to incorporate Toyota's D4-S injection system, which utilizes both direct and port injection, resulting in increased horsepower and torque throughout the entire powerband, without sacrificing MPG.

The flat-four can mate with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick and precise shifts with a short-throw, while the automatic transmission features aggressive, sporty shifts that are initiated by steering- wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is distributed effectively via a limited-slip differential.

The idea of "pure balance" is further realized by the FR-S' lightweight design and short wheelbase. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of any corner, with dynamic maneuverability and confident stability.

"Akio Toyoda has mentioned that he is going to bring the fun-to-drive spirit back to Toyota," Hollis said. "I know that the Scion FR-S Concept is one of the ways that he plans to accomplish that." The fierce exterior of the FR-S is a good reflection of its inner power. The intimidating proportions of the concept give it a dominant stance that bleeds performance. The profile, inspired by the Toyota 2000GT, reveals a hood-line that is remarkably sleek and low, made possible by the boxer's architecture.

The low stance continues to exaggerate the FR-S' menacing face, which is made up of sharp lines, a wide mouth and angular headlights that include bright LED clusters.

The solid panel roofline is sleek, lightweight and rigid, slotted with an aerodynamic shape that channels air cleanly over to the top.

The front fenders protrude upward, making space for the massive monoblock Five Axis 20x8.5-inch wheels, while the muscular rear fenders are widened to house the 20x10.5-inch wheels, emphasizing the FR-S' staggered stance and rear-wheel-drive setup.

The rear fascia sits low and wide, with extensive lower treatments that surround the dual exhaust exits and contribute to excellent aerodynamics. LEDs illuminate both the edgy taillights and the bold "SCION" logo.

The concept features four-piston-caliper front brakes that clamp down on monstrous 18-inch annular carbon ceramic matrix rotors that are fixed to the wheels in a motorcycle-fashion. The FR-S Concept is layered in rich coats of Code Red, the appropriately named color that consists of a custom blend of candy and a developmental additive from BASF called Mearlite SSQ.

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