After a lot of speculation, Toyota has finally revealed the price of its 2013 FR-S rear-drive sports car.The price has been fixed at $24,200, if it is being fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission otherwise it will cost $25,300 for the 6-speed automatic transmission variant, which has rev-matching and paddle shifters. This is the fifth Scion model which will be up for sale this spring. With its technology associate Subaru, Toyota is developing a 2.0 liter 1993cc 4-cylinder 200 hp engine with short shifts and a 53-47 weight ratio for increased dynamics, along with an admiration to the Toyota 2000 GT FR-S which has supposedly stroked at the right spot for the sports car aficionado at a price point which will captivate itself to the toggle as well. However, a delivery charge of $730 is not inclusive in the above price of any Scion models.
Scion Vice President, Jack Hollis said, “Scion’s aim has been to make an affordable sports car that real driving aficionado could feel connected to and enjoy it at the same time. The firm achieved that particular target with a budget of under $ 24,000 for the FR-S. Add to this the network of around 1,000 dealers and fine service stations; it’s the best deal in its segment”.
This sports-car is a masterpiece born out of a very long history of Toyota motorsports and performance cars. It has been very much motivated by the AE86 Genesis of Corolla, which is also known as ‘Hachi-Roku’, meaning ‘8-6’ in Japanese. The AE86 used to be a rear-wheel drive, front-engine coupe, which was very lightweight and perfectly balanced, earning it the admired choice for driving aficionados. With this inspiration by AE86, the current FR-S has been made to achieve the goal of ‘Pure Balance’. Now this is done by mounting the compact-flat shaped engine, into midship in a very low position, allowing the car to have an excellent front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 with a very low centre of gravity in comparison to some really exotic fast sportscar. The new-age technology of Toyota in D-3S injection system combined with both port and direct injection in perfect harmony with Subaru’s designed engine gives a very high 12:5:1 compression ratio which ultimately gives a mammoth 200 HP at 7000 rpm and a 151 pound-feet of peak torque at 6,600 rpm.
This 166.7 inches long, 69.9 inches wide and 51.2 inches tall car has six-airbags including side-curtain airbags are a main safety feature Scion’s FR-S has. TRAC (Traction control), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), enhanced VSC (vehicle stability control), BA (brake assist), ABS (Anti-lock braking system) and SST (smart stop technology) are few more safety features. Look wise it is very evident that this car is absolutely inspired by Toyota 2000GT. The sleek and low roof-line and hood-line gives it the perfect aerodynamic shape to let the air pass over the top of the car. The ‘86’ piston emblem is iconic, highlighting the heritage of AE86 and the new boxer engine. A set of LED on the sharp taillight finishes the muscular design of this sportscar.