09 January 2012

Looking ahead at the 2013 Scion FR-S

The 2013 Scion FR-S is getting closer Many automotive enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the arrival of the new Scion rear wheel drive coupe. It started life as the Toyota concept FT-86, which harkened back to the Corolla GTS, a rear wheel drive, affordable, fun sports car. Known within Toyota as the Corolla AE86, this was the last rear wheel drive Corolla the company sold in North America. Now in a partnership with Subaru, Toyota/Scion has returned with the Scion FR-S.

The quick overview is this. A 4 Cylinder, Boxer motor, feeding a 6 Speed Manual Transmission and a Limited Slip Rear Differential. It’s a two door, four seat, rear drive coupe. The engine is expected to make an efficient 197 horsepower. That strong output is accompanied by an engineering program that made efforts to keep the Scion as light as possible. Initial reports suggest that the FR-S tips the scales about 300 pounds less than the Scion tC, meaning around 2800 pounds. That’s leads to a great handling, fun to drive, yet economical package.

There is not an official release date, but Scion is getting closer. The Automotive press has begun to get access to early models and the reviews are promising.

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