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Scion FR-S

Scion FR-S

Scion FR-S

Scion FR-S
Make Scion
Model FR-S
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine 2.0 litre flat-four cylinder

The Scion FR-S concept was the first incarnation of the jointly developed Toyota / Subaru sports car project to wear the Scion badge. The previous concepts included the FT-86 and FT-86 II. The name 'FR-S' stands for 'Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport'.

The majority of the FR-S' bodywork is more or less identical to the previous cars. However there are a few minor tweaks, including a new front bumper which looks a lot more sensible, a revised rear valance, new mirrors and no rear spoiler. Thankfully the Scion concept also lacks the odd looking LED driving lights from the FT-86 II.

The racing-style center-bolt 7-spoke alloy wheels look particularly good. Although their wheel-arch hugging 20-inch size is probably a bit much for a production car. The concept features four-piston-caliper front brakes that clamp down on monstrous 18-inch carbon ceramic discs that are fixed to the wheels in a motorcycle-fashion.

The Scion FR-S is powered by a front-mounted 2.0 litre flat-four cylinder which sends its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The compact dimensions of the drivetrain mean that it can be mounted lower down and further back in the chassis. This location gives the car a more balanced weight distributon and lower center of gravity.

Jack Hollis, Scion's vice president, said of the FR-S: "Akio Toyoda has mentioned that he is going to bring the fun-to-drive spirit back to Toyota. I know that the Scion FR-S Concept is one of the ways that he plans to accomplish that." Whether that's a direct confirmation that Toyota's youth brand will be charged with bringing the FR-S to production remains to be seen... But it sounds fairly promising.

Similar and related vehicles:
Toyota FT-86 II
Toyota FT-86

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