Scion FR-S Yearly Updates Promised By Lead Engineer

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Scion FR-S Yearly Updates Promised By Lead Engineer

Despite reports of unsatisfactory sales, Tetsuya Tada, lead engineer of the Scion FR-S, Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ took to Facebook to tease new updates to the rear-wheel drive sports-car.

12990905034_dd710980b8_oIn a Facebook post Tada is quoted, saying “Sports cars must be updated every year. That’s a promise from me to all 86 fans”

It’s hard to argue with Tada’s enthusiasm, but recent updates have been on the minor side of things. 2013 saw the introduction of the special edition series 10 models which featured a unique paint finish, automatic climate control, push-button start and LED day-time running lights. Then in 2014 FR-S models were outfitted with better radio head-units and padded areas so drivers don’t bang their knees on the doors. 2014 also saw the release of a new Monogram special edition model with more creature comforts like heated Alcantara trimmed seating.

Of course, enthusiasts are clamoring for a convertible model or more power out of the 2.0-liter boxer engine in the FR-S. However, recent reports have tied the car’s slumping sales with the conclusion that more powerful models have no business case.

SEE ALSO: Scion FR-S Variants in Doubt Due to Poor Sales

However, Tada’s Facebook post also mentions that over 100,000 FR-S/GT86/BRZ models have been delivered to customers since the car’s release in March 2012, adding a bit more numerical weight to the car’s sales worldwide.

GALLERY: 2013 Scion FR-S

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[Source: FT86Club]

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  • swifty562

    “its a nice car, handles great, looks great, but power is just not there” I hear this multiple times. I believe this is what discourage alot of people of all kind.

  • Shiratori1

    Baloney……..

    200HP is more than enough for this car.

  • Eric

    Yes but considering the price, you could get so much more power for near the same price. 26K brand new, I can get a 2011 370 Z for that price!

  • Billy Cypher

    Eric, a NEW 370z starts at 29K and the FR-S and the Z aren’t really even in the same class, so your comparison is really apples-to-oranges.

    That being said, I think that if they’d upgrade the engine to the 2.5L that they’ve been discussing the FR-S would be ideal. I live in a large metropolitan area with lots of traffic and I can count the number of times on one hand that I’ve been able to drive fast anywhere. So straight-line 0-60 times are unimportant to me.

  • Jeff T

    Torque is only 150 and it’s kinda annoying to wind out a motor to 7000rpm to have a bit of pep.

  • Jeffrey McCollum

    Toyota reminds me of Pontiac in this case. Took years to get the Fearo right before it was killed

  • Gavin Varitech

    Reads like someone took a blog post from another website, put it through one of those “article spinners”, and posted it here.

  • Dan

    This car is an absolute blast to drive on the road but the only problem is its power. If it had an additional 50HP I bet sales would have been much better. It’s hard to justify the price when a car with much more power is only a little more money. If I remember right Toyota was shooting for a low 20’s MSRP but they missed that mark. Too bad! A great car though.

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