We’re not talking about some spruced-up, Yaris econohatch or a Corolla with a rear addle-brain and ancillary skirts: The 2013 Scion FR-S is the absolute deal, and so is its near-identical twin, the 2013 Subaru BRZ. While the differences amid the FR-S and the BRZ are minimal, both are authentic sports cars and won’t abort those gluttonous a fun, affordable weekend clue toy that additionally doubles as a abundant circadian driver.
In fact, the Scion FR-S’ alone accurate shortcoming is that it’s a Scion.
The added I drive it, the added I like itA collaborative accomplishment amid Toyota and Subaru ability accept been a ambiguous one a brace of years ago, but the aftereffect is flabbergasting. Subie provided the car’s mechanicals, and Toyota bound the car’s actualization and cockpit.
Under the awning lays a 2.0L flat-four BOXER agent that develops 200 absonant application and 151 lb-ft of torque. While these numbers may assume bashful in the branch of 283-hp minivans, the Scion’s barrier weight of 2,578 lbs (or 1,251 kg) doesn’t crave a massive dosage of ability to get skeddadling.
And here’s one affair you should understand: You don’t charge bags of application to accomplish a car fun. Straight-line acceleration isn’t the alone belief for evaluating a sports car. In the Scion’s case, our tester scooted to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. That’s not a baking pace, but it’s not slow, either.
On the added hand, the 6-speed manual’s shifter borders on magnificence, with short, stiff-but-clean throws and a automated feel that makes you wanna row through the apparatus all day long.
At 100 km/h, agent revs angle at 2,750 rpm, which isn’t bad because the attributes of the beast. Overall, my ammunition abridgement averaged 8.0L/100km over the advance of the analysis week, which is actual acceptable admitting what I put it through. Oh, the FR-S requires cool unleaded.
Track starAs we observed, by pitting the FR-S and the BRZ adjoin anniversary added on a bankrupt advance amid added rivals during our bunched sports auto allegory test, the Scion is the bigger clue car of the two. Suspension calibrations accomplish the FR-S a little stiffer than the BRZ, and it shows; about the track, the car’s tires bleat beneath than the Subie’s and the Scion is about added at ease.
Best of all, the FR-S clings reassuringly to the tarmac. Back it’s not ever powerful, the abecedarian race-car disciplinarian will alone get into agitation if he or she pushes the little auto over its limits. And its banned are appealing high, alike for a rear-wheel driver. In addition, the adherence ascendancy system’s clue approach allows for some afloat action, but still acts as an able assurance net. In short, the 2013 Scion FR-S is ablaze on a track.
On the road, the ride is a little beneath comfortable than the Subaru’s, but charcoal added than tolerable. You sit low to the ground, and the car’s ultra-low centre of force after-effects in around no anatomy cycle back you accouterment some arced country anchorage — which you’ll appetite to do appealing frequently.
Basic and able cockpitThe FR-S wasn’t advised to baby its occupants, but they do account from a simple, able and aboveboard actualization and layout.
The back-hugging action seats are fantastic. Although beneath drivers complained about biconcave in the bench while driving, my 5″9′ anatomy fit aloof fine, and the active position in this car is perfect. Rear-seat space, if you charge ask, is acceptable for kids if the advanced chairs are slid forward. As for adults, well, maybe they should booty their own cars.
Very affordableFor alone $25,990, you get one boss accomplished sports car. It’s absolutely $1,300 cheaper than the BRZ, although you cede a aeronautics system, LED active lights and a few added accessory details. Competition includes the Mazda MX-5, the Hyundai Genesis Auto 2.0T and the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, amid others.
Here’s the thing: The FR-S is the Toyota I admiration most, at atomic back the aboriginal MR2. However, in North America, the business aggregation has assertive the aggregation to advertise the car as a Scion, and that’s absolutely a blunder. A lot of bodies don’t alike apperceive what a Scion is to alpha with. They should’ve alleged it the Toyota FT86 in every all-around bazaar instead of diluting the car’s image.
The BRZ offers added accepted and alternative equipment. And for now at least, Scion doesn’t account any accessories to adapt the FR-S. Its adult anatomy doesn’t absolutely charge any corrective add-ons, but a rear addle-brain would do nice; but, sorry, you can’t accept one.
Regardless, I’d still buy an FR-S because Toyota and Subaru nailed it. In short, this car is annihilation abbreviate of amazing.