Scion pulled the sheets off its highly anticipated RWD FR-S Concept at the ’11 New York International Auto Show. The car gets more and more intoxicating the closer it gets to production, which is slated for next year.
The FR-S Concept (front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Sport) puts Scion on new ground: rear drive. To quote Scion, “Inspired by the AE86 Corolla, the FR-S is built around the core goal of achieving ‘pure balance,’ which begins with the strategic placement of a flat 2.0-liter boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. The engine’s compact size and shape allows the FR-S’ powertrain to be mounted lower and further back toward the rear, giving the car a lower center of gravity and a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio.”
We did glean some new facts in the Big Apple. The FR-S production car’s Subaru-based Boxer engine will feature Toyota’s D4-S injection system, which utilizes both direct and port injection, resulting in increased horsepower and torque throughout the entire powerband without sacrificing mpg. We love the Scion’s aggressive styling and hope many of the Concept’s design cues make it to the road. The big tipping point will be price. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see where Scion places the FR-S’ price tag.