The 2013 Scion FR-S is a high-performance coupe and it is the fifth model to join the Scion family. It is expected to go on sale in the Spring of 2012. The latest news confirms that its pricing is done at $24,200 for the basic model.
FR-S stands for ‘front engine, rear-wheel drive, sport’. The aggressively styled compact coupe shares components with Subaru’s BRZ. Powering FR-S is a 200-horsepower, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine.
The balance of the car begins with the strategic use of the world’s only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine’s compact size and flat shape allow it to be mounted mid-ship and extremely low, giving the car a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 and a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars.
The FR-S’s 2.0-liter is the result of a joint development betweenToyotaand Subaru. The partnership begins by combining Subaru’s newly developed horizontally opposed engine andToyota’s cutting edge D-4S injection system that incorporates both direct and port injection.
The D-4S system, partnered with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, results in the impressive power and 151 pound-feet of torque. The aggressive front fenders protrude upwards highlighting the car’s AE86 heritage as well as its unique new boxer engine.
The FR-S debuts with two transmissions: a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The manual starts at $24,200, while the automatic kicks off at $25,300.
Among these two, the automatic comes with paddle shifters which should keep the driving experience fun. The Scion FR-S is $4,625 more expensive than the 2012 Scion tC, which starts at $20,305 and it includes the shipping charge too.
The judgement on pricing can be done only after further analysis. As far as the automaker is concerned, Scion’s goal was to create an affordable sports car that true driving enthusiasts could enjoy and they have kept their word by pricing their car under $25K.