Scion FR-S starts track testings on the Nurburgring

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Monday May 16, 2011

Scion FR-S starts track testings on the Nurburgring

Toyota’s upcoming sports coupe has been spied in Europe at the Nurburgring. The test car was extensively disguised; this could only mean that it’s already in its final bodywork. Toyota and Subaru are jointly working to develop this rear-drive coupe. It will be powered by a version of Subaru’s flat-four ‘boxer’ engine to keep its weight at the lowest that it can possibly go.

Toyota wanted its layout to keep the FT-86’s super-low nose; however, it has been a challenge for the design team to make it pass the early styling pedestrian impact regulations.

That car at the Nurburgring appears to be closer to the second-generation FT-86 II that was displayed at Geneva. This is in line with predictions from sources that the latest concept would be 95% of the final model. It seems like Toyota has softened the edges of the concept’s Lexus LFA-inspired front end.

It has toned down the gaping air intakes it has built its rear spoiler into the bodywork more effectively. It isn’t known yet if the name of the production car will be the same as the concept but it’s more likely to be the case since this model is a tribute to Toyota’s classic AE86 Corolla.

Subaru will also have its own version that’s expected to be available with a more powerful variant of the 2.0 motor. On the other hand, the version of Toyota is being considered to sell under the Scion youth brand for the U.S. market.