Super Street Network

 |   |  Top 7 Reasons To Buy The Scion FR-S
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Top 7 Reasons To Buy The Scion FR-S

Scott Tsuneishi
May 22, 2012
Impp 1205 01 o+scion FR S+front Photo 1/1   |   Top 7 Reasons To Buy The Scion FR-S

The wait is finally over. The FR-S is officially dropping in a few months. After three years of picturesque renderings and prototype vehicles popping up at auto shows, the newest and arguably hottest Scion will be sold at dealerships around the United States in the spring of this year. (It’s about damn time! Ed.) There are numerous reasons why so much hype has been following this car . . . and with just cause. But if you’re still not convinced, here’s IT’s Top 7 reasons why your next car should be an FR-S.

The New Hotness: The unmistakable styling cues and sleek exterior design of the FR-S is a welcoming invitation to many who have become accustomed to the average consumer cars being sold in the United States that portray the look and feel of your average grocery getter.

Boxer Engine: By far the biggest controversy of this car has been the engine. The flat-four boxer engine was a joint collaboration with Toyota and Subaru and will be powering the ’13 FR-S, and with good reason. The low-mounted, N/A, 200hp, rev-happy boxer engine enables the FR-S to achieve excellent weight distribution, the lowest COG ever for a production vehicle, and will undoubtedly have numerous upgrades to ramp up its factory horsepower in the near future.

Rear-Wheel Drive: Sport compact enthusiasts had been begging and pleading for Toyota to introduce an affordable rear-wheel-drive platform. Toyota finally seemed to get a clue and decided to bring back a real sports coupe with rear-wheel drive, the first Toyota car to do so since the old MR2.

Balancing Act: Weighing in at less than 2,700 pounds the FR-S is not only lightweight, but it’s also designed with a well-balanced chassis that had been engineered to perform in considerable fashion both on and off the track.

Drivetrain: Available in both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, Scion managed to keep the FR-S affordable, which unfortunately came with the price of sacrificing amenities like dual climate control, push-button start, big-brake kit, and HID/LED headlights to mention a few. On the flip side, in doing away with creature comforts, they managed to include numerous performance features, like beefy Torsen-type LSD, traction control, short-shifter–equipped six-speed, and an automatic transmission with paddle shifters that is both responsive and quick.

Tuner Friendly: The FR-S hasn’t even been released, but aftermarket manufacturers have already begun developing numerous parts in anticipation of the car’s debut as evidenced at the Tokyo Auto Salon. From superchargers to body kits, the 86/FR-S has been received with open arms and that’s a good sign for both the car and our industry.

Affordability: We won’t guarantee the soon-to-be-released FR-S is the cheapest sport compact ever made, but several sources say that the car will sell for about $25K. We consider it to be reasonably priced for what it offers in an auto market that’s saturated with vehicles that are either too cheap or overly priced.

By Scott Tsuneishi
247 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Jaguar gave its rally F-Type a full roll cage, ripped out most of the interior, and added auxiliary lights to the hood
Collin WoodardNov 12, 2018
The one car that caught our attention the moment we stepped into VIP Fest 12 and not only held it, but had us coming back for another visit (or three) as the day continued
RodrezNov 9, 2018
Sam always thought MX-5s were cool cars but he never thought he'd ever own one until he spent a few days behind the wheel of an 2019 MX-5
Sam DuNov 7, 2018
Earlier this year, Subaru announced the WRX STI would get a 5-horsepower boost for 2019. No, it wasn’t much, but at least the STI would no longer be outgunned by the turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang. Subaru’s latest special edition STI, however, comes with a much less underwhelming boost in power. It’s called the WRX STI TC 380, and
Collin WoodardNov 6, 2018
Evasive Motorsports' S2K sat front and center in the Mackin Ind. booth during SEMA week doing exactly what it was supposed to do: wowing show goers while pulling them in for a closer look at all that Mackin has to offer
RodrezNov 6, 2018
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP