Fast and Fierce: Scion FR-S Premieres
November 30, 2011
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With the grip and grit of a passionate performer, the 2013 Scion FR-S was revealed Wednesday (Nov. 30) at a Hollywood event for media and enthusiasts.
The long-awaited sports car boasts a flat 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that delivers 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft torque at 6,600 rpm. The engine, which incorporates Toyota’s D4-S injection system, mates with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Power is put to the pavement via a limited-slip differential.
The FR-S connects to the road with lightweight 17-inch wheels. The lightweight design and short 101.2-inch wheelbase combine for nimble cornering and that fun-to-drive spirit championed by Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda.
FR-S stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive Sport, and styling is as sporty as performance. The roof has a gull-wing shape, channeling air flow smoothly over the car. The metal is menacing, the stance sinister. The face features sharp lines, a wide mouth and fierce headlights.
Inside, seats are comfortable, yet assertive. The large center-mounted tachometer is all business, keeping the driver informed of the engine’s vitals. The car offers 2+2 seating and a fold-flat cargo area large enough to transport a full set of race-spec tires, a floor jack and the pit tools needed for a fun day at the track.
A true scion, the FR-S is rooted in the AE86 Corolla, which made its way into almost every genre of racing. The affordable new sportster makes its way into dealerships this spring – a superb daily driver and weekend warrior for enthusiasts whose appliances are in the kitchen, not the garage.
By Susan Pack