...Interior The inside has room for up to four people with seats mounted low for maximum space. The gauge cluster is driver-focused with a center-mounted tachometer to keep driver's attention on the engine's vitals. A sunroof is purposely omitted from the option list to avoid unnecessary weight. A hatchback body style was also avoided to keep weight low, but the rear seats still fold to give maximum storage space from the trunk into the passenger compartment. Under the Hood Perhaps the clearest result of the partnership between Toyota and Subaru on the FR-S is its engine, which is...
...and an easy-to-read digital speedometer supplements the hard-to-read analog one. The materials, for the most part, are impressive for the FR-S' $24,200 starting price, plus a $730 destination fee. The armrests are padded nicely, as is the soft-touch upper dashboard. The stitching around the interior looks high-quality. The cars I drove were pre-production prototypes, so some observations may not be reflected on the final product. Keep an eye out for the climate controls that felt flimsy and straight from Scion's econoboxes, plus a folding backseat that felt and looked like cardboard. It's...
...A well-proportioned and properly set up RWD sports car is getting increasingly rare, especially with a 3-pedal manual and a CoG that would make a Cayman cry. Or an M3. Or a 458 Italia. Yes, the FR-S is that serious. And if you don’t feel like messing with a clutch and stick, there's a paddle-shifting automatic too. Both are 6-speed Aisin units, but the manual had over 80% of its architecture changed or redesigned for shorter throws and better engagement, with the clutch worked over specifically to benefit heel/toe shifting. It’s where the true connoisseur should end up. Open the door and...
...Scion hasn't announced the FR-S's curb weight yet, but we know that the Subaru BRZ -- the twin of this car that has been co-developed with the Scion weighs less than 2,700 pounds. Inside its cabin, the FR-S will offer a 2+2 seating layout with a flat-folding rear seat. The front seats are very low and face a large, centrally mounted tachometer. We expect an optional navigation system and a version of Toyota's smartphone-connected Internet apps. If the FR-S lives up to expectations and this Scion proves to be an affordable small car with great dynamics, enthusiasts will be thrilled. But the...
Toyota motorsport partner TMG has announced plans to build a rear-wheel-drive rally car based on the Toyota GT 86, the global version of the Scion FR-S. TMG is targeting the... read more November 11, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Toyota may soon launch an affordable rear-wheel-drive sedan based on the bones of its Scion FR-S sports car. That’s the claim of a new report coming out of Australia... read more October 11, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
About a year ago we first heard that Toyota was seriously considering installing some type of hybrid technology in its Scion FR-S, a GT 86 for those readers outside the U.S... read more September 16, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
The Scion FR-S enters its second year on the market with some minor changes and a small price increase, but sadly there are still no performance options to talk about. The... read more August 16, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
In the same week Subaru showed a new STI-tuned BRZ concept, Toyota rolled out a version of its GT 86 sports car, a Scion FR-S to U.S. readers, fitted with some of its own... read more August 9, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran