After being teased with concept cars on the auto show circuit, the highly anticipated Scion FR-S is finally due to hit the showroom floor this spring. So what is the hype about? Well, the FR-S is the result of a joint effort between Toyota and Subaru. On the Toyota end, we are seeing a resurrection of the much-loved Corolla GT-S of the 1980’s, a simple front-engined, rear wheel drive sports coupe. Subaru’s contribution is evident in the use of a boxer four cylinder engine.
I’ll leave the bickering to the Corolla GT-S, or AE86 fanatics to bicker if this car should have been badged as a Toyota, but for the rest of us the FR-S is a breath of fresh air and should be welcomed by any enthusiast seeking an affordable, fun to drive sport coupe. The FR-S will be Scion’s halo car, and it’s most expensive model. Prices for the FR-S with a six-speed manual will start at $24,200USD. Go for the six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and rev-matching downshifts will add another $1,100 to the tab. The FR-S will be motivated by a 2.0L flat four rated at 200hp. Standard equipment includes 17″ alloys and an 8 speaker Pioneer stereo with HD Radio, and Bluetooth.
You can be certain The Garage will be reviewing the 2013 Scion FR-S as soon as one is available. While Toyota fans rejoice at the return of a rear-wheel drive sports coupe with visions of drifting competition and likely insane mods, there is an 800 lb gorilla towering over the FR-S. For about the same money, Hyundai offers the Genesis Coupe 2.oT which packs a healthy 274hp. And with Subaru fighting for the same market with its version, the BRZ, it should be quite a match to see how these three cars duke it out. Stay tuned!