Nissan wants a new sports car to take on Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ

Article by Christian A., on July 19, 2012

The success of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ has encouraged other Japanese automakers to build a compact sports car of their own. Nissan, which is famous for offering the finest and most affordable rear-wheel drive sports coupes currently available on the market, is developing a ‘Mini-Z’ model that’s targeted at rivalling the latest product from Toyota.

It’s quite odd that the Japanese company is working on a front-wheel drive instead of a rear-wheel drive sports car but there will likely be an all-wheel drive version based on the Juke’s all-mode 4×4 i-system with torque vectoring. Much of the Mini-Z’s development will originate from the current Juke crossover platform, which include the 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant that delivers 190-hp.

This isn’t exactly the 200hp that the FR-S and BRZ are capable of but being turbocharged offers a “thrill” when driving due to its wider torque range. It’s not certain if this front-wheel drive sports car would be offered in the U.S.

It’s believed that the pricing of the existing Toyota and Subaru models will be dropped by up to 10%. Nissan can reduce costs by incorporating the Juke’s platform and powertrain, A Nissan insider said that this Mini-Z will have the same size as the Honda CR-Z.

Scion released the complete details for its 2013 FR-S small rear-wheel drive sports vehicle. The top-performance coupe is the 5th of its kind to belong to the Scion lineup and will be available in the market in June 2012.

Jack Hollis, Scion Vice President, said that the FR-S will definitely be the halo car of the brand. While Scion has XB as its signature, pumped up by the tC, and evolutionary with the latest iQ, the contribution of the FR-S widens the brand's reach and offers a new driving experience.

Genuine sports car but costs lower

The FR-S gives the industry's playing field with a genuine sports vehicle that is easy on the pocket, with an MSRP of $24,200 for six-speed manual transmission models and $25,300 for six-speed auto transmission models that showcase Dynamic Rev Management technology and paddle shifters.

Hollis said that Scion's aim was to produce a cheap sports vehicle that authentic driving fans could appreciate. They have achieved that with an introductory price under $25,000, which is definitely a giveaway for clients. Put in Scion's complimentary Scion Service Boost, their dealers' no-hassle no-haggle Pure Price, and Scion's umbrella of nearly a thousand dealers, and the FR-S is a home run.

Total Balance

The Scion FR-S which means Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion's version of a genuine rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle with extremely balanced handling and performance, adjustable utility, enticing style, and fuel efficiency like no other.

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