Scion FR-S Revealed as America's Toyota GT 86 [Video]
A day after the debut of the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ at the Tokyo Motor Show, the third version of the shared sports coupe has been revealed at a private event in Hollywood, CA. Sold under the Scion brand in North America, the car will wear the FR-S badge.
“Tonight will go down in history as the night Scion brought the sport back to the car,” said brand boss Jack Hollis at the car’s reveal. Like its siblings, the FR-S is powered by a direct-injection boxer 4-cylinder with a 12.5:1 compression ratio making 200-hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Using the compact boxer engine the car now only delivers an excellent center of gravity (billed to be the best in the world), it also offers a 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. A 6-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential will be standard, while a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters will be optional.
Answering those who have questioned why the car will be branded as a Scion in North America, Hollis commented that, “The FR-S… with its style, performance, authenticity, originality … fits perfectly with what Scion is all about! Passion for your car!”
Commenting that the FR-S gets its inspiration from the 2000GT, the Sports 800 and the Corolla GT-S, Hollis explains further. “The definition of the word Scion… as you already know… means to be a descendant of… or an heir to. Well… the FR-S is an excellent example of that definition. The heritage and DNA of these performance cars you see here tonight trickles down into every ounce of the FR-S…just one of the benefits of being from such a great family. ”
As with all Scions, customization will be a key feature with the FR-S, with seven different paint choices, including Firestorm red. pricing has yet to be announced but the FR-S will hit Scion dealers next Spring. We even have a video below.
GALLERY: Scion FR-S World Premiere
GALLERY: Scion FR-S
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