Rear-Drive Scion Model Possible Says Youth Brand’s VP; Could be FT-86/FR-S

Rear-Drive Scion Model Possible Says Youth Brand’s VP; Could be FT-86/FR-S

Scion VP Jack Hollis has commented that a rear-drive model is a definitely possibility for the youth-oriented brand. In an interview with InsideLine, Hollis commented that a rear-drive car, “could absolutely work.” And if Scion were to go ahead with such a project then Hollis suggests an entry-level price at just over $20,000 – making the right-wheel drive model a new flagship for the brand. At that price point Hollis believes such a model would fit with the brand and would be accepted in the market.

Hollis even went so far as to draw the link between the Scion brand’s increased presence in motorsports (from drifting, to time attack, to the World Challenge Series), stating that, “there’s no question that a rear-drive car would be great for Scion.”

“The marketplace still demands fun, high-performance vehicles. Scion has positioned itself perfectly in that world with tuners and accessorization, and it would be great to top that off with a rear-wheel-drive application. Whether we can pull it off or not remains to be seen, but it won’t be for lack of trying.”

And that’s where the problem lies. Scion has just introduced its second-generation tC model, which company engineers admitted to AutoGuide was delayed in coming to market by six to 12 months due to the slow moving Toyota corporate structure.

However, Toyota does already have a platform in the works that would be suitable – the FT-86/FR-S. Development of that vehicle continues and as IL reports, one Toyota representative did commented that, “We’ve never said the FT-86 would be sold as a Toyota in the U.S.”

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[Source: InsideLine]

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  • Dave

    As long as it makes it here, don’t matter, I’d debadge it anyways.

  • Howie

    Rear wheel drive stinks in snow and sometimes even rain. Count me out.

  • jzEllis

    Rear wheel drive is just fine in the snow, and in most emergency conditions is better. Howie put on some snow tires and learn to drive. the only drive train that is all around superior in the snow is AWD; period. FWD sucks all around. it’s only advantage is when u initially start to accelerate (weight over the drive wheels) and when u plow through a turn , u can have the confidence in knowing u’ll hit that tree nose first because the understeering nature of your a$$ dragging econo box guarantees that in an emergency situation, you won’t be able to turn.

  • aggie

    Well put jzEllis, it’s nice to see people who actually know what they are talking about make comments. Rear wheel is superior to front wheel.

    Put me down for one, looks fun to drive.

  • Allan

    Giv us da $$$$price&&&& already n make it to da U.S

  • André

    I’ll reserve all biasness for when I can see it in person, but honestly, it’s nice to see that Toyota is dabbling with another potental super sports car, and not soon enough after the Supra was phased out.

    Keep it up Scion.

  • Chris

    when it comes to high turns like in the mountains front wheel drive will win but it all depends on what your looking for and what you want to do .. i like racing .. right now im in japan and i own a skyline so i know that rwd is good in sticky situations no doubt … and back in the states i have a scion tc and wished it was rwd so i say hell yea rwd is the shit lol