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
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