By the time you read this, the Scion FR-S will have long debuted in limited numbers across the country, and no doubt, will (unfortunately, for you) be long sold out. I say this because the prophecy has already come true—the First 86, a program devised by Scion to give the lucky first 86 (literally) who signed up on their website to purchase a FR-S, went down a smashing success; those owners have been posting happily on Facebook since receiving ownership of their new car. Even I have taken my second turn at driving a FR-S, a final production model, for more than just a few laps at a private track—and if you were wondering, it reaches a top speed of 130mph without breaking a sweat (don’t ask how, just believe me). So it should come as no shock that the car is doing what Scion has always said it was going to do: give the masses an affordable sports car that us (the enthusiast) would enjoy. Enjoy, shit—we love it.
Let me tell you why. And don’t worry about which poison you choose: both the manual and auto drivetrain configurations are sublime. But don’t feel like the manual is the end-all, be-all here—as I’ve stated before in my initial drive (see ‘New Car Joy Ride’, April 2012), it’s so much fun to drive. Select “Sport” mode, let the car take over control, press the gas and “go”. With 200hp on tap, realize that this is plenty of power (we’re talking 100hp per liter) from the 2.0L FA20 Boxer; it winds up nicely through each gear. And since the engine’s mounted low, the car’s lowered center of gravity suddenly becomes equal to or greater than some of the world’s supercars. Naturally, you’ll want to keep it in ‘Sport’ mode at all times, but maybe you’ll reconsider the idea of throwing friends in the back seat for a ride along because it is cramped, despite its 2+2 seating. The FR-S drive can’t be told in simple words alone; it must be experienced first-hand, which is exactly what Toyota’s engineers have been long promoting. Get in one, drive the shit out of it, then come back and beg for more (like we did). Again, we’re calling it love at first drive here…
Aside from that, the final production FR-S is pretty much what I experienced in Japan, except this time I got to check out the BeSpoke audio system, which is the brainchild of Pioneer’s Zypr program. Connect your iPhone (sorry, it’s only compatible with this at the moment) and you’ll be able to access your Facebook, Twitter, Internet radio stations and more through a touchscreen. Really cool. Oh, and if you’re curious about the aftermarket, then suit up for this exciting news: together with Import Tuner and Modified magazines, we’re teaming up to build the ultimate FR-S project, dubbed Garage FR-S. Garage FRS is everything Scion FR-S—the ultimate enthusiast online haven for lovers of this car. GFRS culls all the latest and greatest FR-S news and views, links the car to its inspirational forebears, and shows why the platform should be regarded as one of the best performers of this or any era.
GFRS will feature articles and posts from iconic tuner publications, like us (that’s Super Street), Import Tuner and Modified magazines, in addition to a large helping of original content as well as anywhere on the web, shining a light on FR-S tuners, social gatherings and other related events. The portal’s tech section provides a deeper understanding of what makes the FR-S so athletic and an ideal candidate for tuning, with product previews and profiles, road and dyno tests, and culminating with a build of the GFRS Project FR-S.
Project FR-S will get the superstar treatment in a series of original videos to air on the site documenting the evolution of the car. GFRS visitors will also be transported to Japan by video, where the site connects with Toyota 86 (what the FR-S is known as in JDM speak) luminaries as well as gets its hands on the hottest Japanese gear for the car.
Garage FRS will be social, running a photo gallery via hash-tag program through Instagram as well as providing its Facebook page with stillmore unique content. Visitors will be able to interact with GFRS in other ways, too, with public voting on the parts for Project FR-S and a chance to win $10,000 in parts through a giveaway contest.
Be sure to bookmark Garage FRS when it launches July 16!
That New Car Smell…Again!
2013 Scion FR-S
The Sticker Starting from $24,200 (six-speed manual), $25,300 (six-speed auto)
Engine FA20 2.0L 4-cylinder DOHC Boxer
The Power 200hp at 7,000rpm; 151lb-ft
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel-drive
Transmission 6-speed M/T or 6-speed A/T with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management; Torsen limited-slip differential
Footwork & Chassis MacPherson front struts; rear double wishbone; 18mm front/14mm rear sway bars
Brakes 11.6" front ventilated disc; 11.4" rear ventilated disc
Wheels & Tires 17x7" alloys; 215/45R17 Michelin Primacy HP tires
At the Pump 22/30/25 (city/highway/combined) M/T; 25/34/28 A/T
The Competition Subaru BRZ
Deep Thoughts It’s official gang, the FR-S is gold. We hope this is the car that helps set a standard for the years to come.