Scion has unveiled its FR-S Release Series 1.0 at the New York International Auto Show, drawing on track history and the known expertise of Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Available only in 1,500 examples, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 boasts of improved features like a custom-designed aero kit with a rear spoiler and side fender garnish as well as highlights like the TRD Quad Tip Exhaust System, TRD lowering springs and Smart Key with Push Button Start.
Scion Vice President Doug Murtha remarked that it is fitting that the first Scion FR-S Release Series draws on TRD heritage that inspired the FR-S design. He remarked that FR-S fans will sure appreciate the side spoilers and lowered stance provides “a look and feel meant for the track” at a price meant for them."
The Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 can be availed with either six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management technology. FR-S Release Series 1.0 also features TRD steering wheel, TRD shift knob, black seats with T-pattern, HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, dual auto AC and TRD logo cargo mat.
Each of the examples will feature a sequential release series badge (1 of 1500) that is inlayed on its aluminum shifter surround plate.
Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is available in bright Yuzu exterior finish. It will arrive in dealerships in August and will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at below $30,000, excluding the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $755.
The interior of the Scion FR-S is truly focused on performance. The steering wheel for example shows a diameter measuring 365 mm and it is trimmed in leather. Further, the steering wheel comes with tilt and telescopic adjustment. The interior shows a 2+2 seating layout with a design aimed at form and function. While the front seats are assertive, they are also comfortable.
The seats have deep bolsters and are mounted in a rather low position. Rear seats on the other hand can be folded flat to allow for a more flexible space. The interior will come with the distinct floor mats having the FR-S badge as standard. The three-gauge cluster is dominated mainly by the large tachometer mounted on the center. It even has a shift-indicator that is programmable and shows a small but intense indicator light that activates when a redline is reached.
The driver has the option to choose when the warning is activated beginning at 2,000 rpm and going upward at increments of 100 rpm. It is even possible to program a chime that sounds when a redline is approached. Monitoring the speed is made possible with the analog gauge and the digital version. Meanwhile the exterior is truly aggressive and is a clear reflection of the vehicle’s inner power.
With the Toyota 2000GT serving as an inspiration, the profile shows a hood and a roof-line that is not only low but also sleek. This ensures that the shape is more aerodynamic as it channels air over the top cleanly. As a result of the low stance, the already menacing face is exaggerated even more. The face itself is composed of the sharp lines and the wide lower intake.
On the face, there are also the angular headlights which also house the halogen projector-beam lamps. Fenders on the front are more assertive and protrude upward. It even has that well-known '86' piston emblem. These two features help put focus on the model’s new and unique boxer engine and even the AE86 heritage. Meanwhile the rear fascia is both wide and low.
In addition, the sporty dual-exhaust system is framed with the aerodynamic lower treatments. The exterior also reveals the use of LEDs to light up the edgy taillights. Rounding off the muscular design is the center-mounted backup lights finish. Scion revealed that the FR-S will come in a total of seven colors. These are Argento, Asphalt, Firestorm, Hot Lava, Raven, Ultramarine, and Whiteout.