Scion FR-S Specs Leaked!

Huw Evans
by Huw Evans

Following on from some images of the upcoming Scion FR-S (Toyota FT-86 in other markets), detailed specifications have now been leaked from a reported actual Toyota training manual onto the web, via enthusiast site

If the information that’s surfaced is in fact accurate, then the specs of the rear-drive coupe look something like this: Two trim levels (at least in Japan); including a base and higher performance variant (the latter with a standard limited slip rear differential, leather steering wheel, white faced gauges, six-speaker premium sound system and LED lighting); a choice of manual gearbox or automatic transmission; a standard 197 horsepower 2.0-liter dual overhead cam boxer four cylinder engine that requires premium unleaded fuel; curb weight in the vicinity of 2,700 lbs (fairly light for a modern coupe of this ilk) and a choice of different wheel and tire combinations (16-inch wheels on base cars, 17-inchers on the others).

In addition there’s also reportedly a “Customize Grade” variant with a very basic interior, unpainted bumpers and steel 16-inch wheels, though, as with other Japanese performance cars in the past, this one is likely aimed at JDM racers and hardcore motorsports enthusiasts, which means it probably won’t be showing up in Scion showrooms anytime soon.

Given the drip feed of leaked information we’ve been experiencing with the FR-S/FT-86 in recent weeks, it’ll be interesting to see what else comes to light before the car makes it’s official debut. Stay tuned for any further developments.


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  • Royce Ramos Royce Ramos on Nov 12, 2011

    Disappointing? You're too fixated in HP. A propper weighted, well balanced, vehicle that consider's it's power to weight ratio and efficiency in achieving that power is THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT of a small "light weight" vehicle. Hey, I like driving fast as much as the next person, however handling is more important to me, especially since there aren't many places where I can open her up, without the possibility of a ticket! But there are many roads enar me where whipping the car around is more fun than going fast. And that's the whole point of this car. the FR-S/FT-86 vehicles were an homage to the old Corolla AE86. Event the platform it's build on is designated as 086. The AE 86 wasn't build for power. It was build to perform. Also, let's face it. You're not going to get a 2200lb car anymore, unless the car is really small, or made out of carbon fiber or aluminum. The price point would be too high. Personally I do empathize with you. Many of us would prefer at least a 225hp, not 200hp. But if the balance of the weight and power and torque are as they say they are, then this car is going to be the best value on the market. And Toyota/Scion knows that people are going to customize the cars, so what's the point? People are going to drop their turbo systems in anyway. As for the Mazda Miata MX5? ... hey my father had a Miata. It was a great little bullet on wheels. But it was too small, even for me. It's a convertable 2 seater with a 167hp for a stick, or a 158hp for auto, and 147lb-ft of torque. And the wieght is 2400 lbs average stick/auto. WHAT can they possibly do to lower the weight "drastically?" Again, aluminum? = expensive. Utilization of ultra high strength steel? weight reduction from 50-100 lbs, maybe. Get rid of the Convertable top, and make it a 2 door 2 seater coupe? negated because of the soft top AND mostlikely almost no one would want a 2 door, 2 seater coupe. Cutting back on material, to keep the cost down? again, maybe 100lbs at best? It's already a small car. There's not much to remove from, witout the use of different, more expensive materials. The reality is that the FR-S, as slated thus far, has more safety, more power, more economy, and more style than it's competitors in the market, for less money, complimentary maintenance and road side assistance, and will be cheaper to insure than a convertable. All efficiently rolled into a nice tidy little package. And, beause it's a Scion, will be inexpensive from the gate! Styling? Above average? hey that's your taste and preferences. But many would disagree with you. You make such a strong disdainful statement; however you're killing the idea before even giving it a test drive and a chance! Flair and imagination? I doubt that Mazda is going to change the style too much on the Miata. But who knows? The Miata has been the same kind of look for, what, 10 years? Until Mazda comes out witht he Shinari, they're not all that in style either.

  • Royce Ramos Royce Ramos on Nov 12, 2011

    wow sorry for the typos and por gramar, typing in a rush at work