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.