The Scion FR-S is a rear-wheel-drive sports car that was first introduced for the 2013 model year. The FR-S is a joint production of Toyota and Subaru, the latter selling the similar Subaru BRZ. Both models are powered by Subaru’s four-cylinder boxer engine and offer manual and automatic transmission pairings.
Take the style of a traditional sports coupe such as the Ford Mustang and remove hundreds of pounds of weight along with excess girth and you have a Scion FR-S. This model features the long hood, short rear deck and sporty profile lines common to cars such as the Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro, and applies it to a compact frame.
The Scion FR-S has a sporty front fascia marked by teardrop-shaped headlamps, an oversized open grille and fog lamps set within distinctive embrasures. All models come with 17-inch sport alloy wheels. Sweeping profile lines, a sloping roofline and a pronounced rear haunch are additional features. Wraparound tail lamps and a pair of chrome exhaust tips mark this model’s rear quarter.
Scion offers the FR-S in one trim level with paint protection and rally stripe packages available. Every model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower. This flat four features horizontally opposed pistons, direct and sequential port injection and variable valve timing. Buyers have a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The FR-S is EPA-rated at 25/34 mpg city/highway and requires premium grade gasoline.
The FR-S seats four, but the rear seat is very cramped with nearly nonexistent legroom. Folding the rear seat expands the very limited 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space to accommodate larger objects.
All models come with remote keyless entry, front sport seats, red stitching and red accents, a tilt and telescoping steering column, aluminum pedals, a three-analog display instrument panel, power accessories and air conditioning. Models equipped with the automatic transmission come with paddle shifters.
The FR-S comes with an eight-speaker audio system and Bluetooth connectivity. A USB port, an auxiliary input jack and a 12-volt outlet are included. Power-operated side mirrors, intermittent wipers and daytime running lights are standard.
Beginning in 2015, Scion improved FR-S handling as a more rigid front suspension and retuned rear shock absorbers were introduced. The improved damping has resulted in a corresponding decrease in body roll.
The Scion brand was retired following the 2016 model year, but the FR-S was integrated into Toyota’s lineup for 2017 and renamed the Toyota 86.
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