Toyota will not offer a strippo version of the Scion FR-S in the U.S.

Article by Christian A., on February 14, 2012

Toyota Motor Corp. will not provide a strippo version of the Scion FR-S when the sporty car makes its arrival in the U.S. later this year. This is a marked contrast to the marketing plans in Japan where a bare-bones edition will be offered to appeal to tuners who want to customize. In addition, Toyota will provide several higher grades of this car in Japan.

Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said that Scion's one-trim-level U.S. policy prevents this marketing in the U.S., at least for now.

The U.S. version is comparable to the upper-level GT version that will be available in Japan beginning April 6. But Tada admits that a stripped-down U.S. version is a possible option for later.

U.S. pricing hasn’t been released yet. But Japan pricing of the Toyota 86 (the name of the model in Japan) starts at ¥2.8 million, or about $36,447, for the GT version. The price can go as high as $38,843 for a GT Limited package.

The base RC trim level has a price tag of $25,996, says Autonews. It comes with detachable front and rear fascias and a basic set of black 16-inch steel wheels without hubcaps.

On the inside, there’s a hole where the navigation-audio system is typically placed. It also comes with plastic pedals rather than the GT's aluminum ones. It has no air conditioning too.

Appealing to the tuner crowd is a way to promote the Scion FR-S/Toyota 86. On its launch just outside of Tokyo, President Akio Toyoda and professional drivers put on an amazing drifting show.

For Scion, the FR-S is the best example when it comes to a sports car that has true rear-wheel drive. FR-S refers to “Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive- Sport”, and it is a model that combines excellent handling and performance with exceptional fuel efficiency while having flexible utility and a fascinating style.

Considered by many as the real descendant, the FR-S is a result of Toyota’s long history as it relates to motorsports and performance cars. There is no doubt when looking at it that the Corolla’s AE86 generation served as its inspiration.

For those not familiar, this model was also known as the Hachi-Roku which is Japanese for 8-6. This model, the AE86 that is, was a coupe that had a rear-wheel drive and front-engine. Being well-balanced and at the same time lightweight, it was long considered as the best option by many driving fans. Powering the FR-S is the four-cylinder naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine developed through the collaboration of Subaru and Toyota.

Under this cooperation, Subaru made use of its horizontally opposed engine and combined it with the innovative D-4S injection system from Toyota. First used by the Lexus IS F, the latter is being used for the first time in the Scion range.

What the D-4S injection does is for each cylinder to have not only port injection but direct injection as well. Thus while the direct unit injects fuel straight to the combustion chamber, the port injector is placed on top of the intake valves. A benefit of using the D-4S system is that it is able to utilize the direct injectors no matter what the speed is.

This is because both types of injectors can be used depending on specific engine loads and engine speeds and thus can help fill-out its mid-range torque. This D-4S system therefore when paired with a 12.5:1 compression ratio manages to deliver 200 hp with peak torque of 151 lb.-ft. It is not only about performance as the system helps as well with lowering emissions.

All of these are possible not only because of the D-4S system but also since the FR-S makes use of dual variable valve timing. This allows the timing of the intake-cam and exhaust-cam to be adjusted and result in optimizing the power, the torque, and of course, the fuel economy. That the FR-S was inspired with the AE86 is also evidenced by the fact that it revolved around what is known as the Pure Balance concept.

This starts with having flat boxer engine and this places it in a front-engine and rear-wheel drive set-up. The reason why the engine allows for a mid-ship mount is due to the flat shape and compact size. As this also ensures that the engine can be placed in a lower position, the overall result is that the model gets an excellent 53:47 front-to-rear weight ratio in addition to having lower center of gravity.

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