2013 Scion FR-S debuts in production form

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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For a few years now, Toyota and Subaru have been at work developing a compact, rear-wheel-drive coupe for sale all over the world. Toyota's production version of this co-developed car, the GT 86, made its debut just last week for the European market. Subaru's production version, the BRZ was also recently revealed. Now, Toyota's youth division Scion has also released its version of the GT 86 and BRZ, it's called the FR-S.

The name FR-S stand for Front-engine, Rear-wheel-drive, Sport and the new coupe is the fifth model to join Scion's vehicle lineup. When it debuted in concept form earlier this year, the FR-S featured stunning good looks, not unlike an exotic supercar. In production form, the design of the FR-S is a far, far cry from the concept, but it still retains much of the sculpted and aggressive demeanour that made the concept such a sensation.

Inspired by parent company Toyota's AE86 Corolla of the 1980s, the FR-S is a compact, rear-wheel-drive four-seat coupe. Power for the FR-S comes from a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder boxer engine with direct injection. The engine produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic controlled with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Although it was conceived as an affordable sports coupe, the FR-S does require more expensive premium unleaded fuel.

Scion's use of a flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration is one shared only with its counterparts the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ. The rare setup allows the engine to be mounted mid-ship and low down in the body according to Scion, and this makes for a front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47. Scion also claims that the FR-S has a centre of gravity so low it's comparable to some exotic supercars, though specific names aren't mentioned.

The FR-S is hunkered down over lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and features ventilated disc brakes at all four wheels. Suspension components include MacPherson struts at the front and double-wishbones at the back.

Now that the FR-S is production ready, it poses a serious threat to the other sport compacts in its segment. The 2013 Scion FR-S will most likely go on sale early in the new year.

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Topics: Sports Coupe, Scion, 2013, FR-S, Compact,

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