...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...
Just last week we brought you word that Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s long-term motorsport partner, would introduce a new concept based on the GT-86 (our Scion FR-S and Subaru... January 2, 2013 by Kurt Ernst
If you’re in the market for a new Subaru BRZ, you’ve probably come to the realization that the rear-drive sport coupes are in extremely short supply. With demand... December 3, 2012 by Kurt Ernst
With all the attention given to the launch of the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ, it was inevitable that the cars would turn up in pro racing for the 2013 season. Sure enough... November 2, 2012 by Kurt Ernst
Last week we told you about Scion’s FR-S Tuner Car Challenge, which would pit three customizers from around the country in a head-to-head-to-head build of Scion’s... October 29, 2012 by Kurt Ernst
Three tuners from three different cities are going head to head to see which is the best, with their canvas the 2013 Scion FR-S. The results, previewed here in render form... October 25, 2012 by Nelson Ireson