2013 Scion FR-S Finally Revealed at Exclusive Showing in LA

Scion FR-S Reveal

After many months of anticipation, countless rumors and plenty of speculation the final production version of the Scion FR-S was finally revealed to a packed audience of automotive journalists and fanatics at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Scion VP Jack Hollis gave a nice speech, short and to the point, while standing at the end of a decked out runway that would have made Kayne West proud. The setup was flanked on either side by a Toyota 2000GT, Toyota S800, Toyota Supra Turbo, Toyota MR2, Lexus LF-A, and AE86 Levin all hoisted on platforms at varying heights by a bevy of strategically placed fork lifts (which somehow magically blended into the scene). With a light show good enough for a Stones concert, the brand new 2013 Scion FR-S passed through a projection wall and made its way to the forefront as an outcry of cheers emanated from the crowd.

Jack Hollis, Scion Vice President said, "The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will no doubt serve as the halo car, expanding Scion into a new dimension of driving performance." And we agree with everything stated, except for the use of the word adrenalized, which while absolutely valid, sounds totally fugazi.

Scion FR-S Reveal Event

After finishing his speech, Hollis invited everyone to get up close and personal with the car that will finally breath some life back into Toyota’s mass market lineup in the US. The LFA is worth mentioning but its hypercar status makes it off limits to almost everyone and the Supra’s production run ended back in 98. The MR2 Spyder is the most recent performance vehicle out of Japan, but the company stopped making them in 1998 and finding one in the wild is like the Colts trying to find the end zone, an effort in futility.

Scion FR-S Reveal Event

So how does the Scion FR-S (which incidentally stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, and Sport) stack up against the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86? Surprisingly well given that the stats are pretty much identical line for line and it's basically the same car re-badged. But we can live with that… The FR-S found its inspiration from the AE86 Corolla, which folks refer to as the Hachi-Roku, which means “8-6” in Japanese. This flyweight car was a huge favorite with a front-engine, wheel-wheel drive setup with superior balance that made it a true standout.

2013 Scion FR-S Official Images

The FR-S follows suit but benefits from the joint Toyobaru development effort. Toyota took the lead with planning and design while Subaru got cracking on the engineering. When it comes to the flat four-cylinder powerplant, Subaru offered up their stellar horizontally-opposed boxer engine while Toyota tossed in their advanced D-4S injection system to provide both direct and port injection. The result is a solid 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque with an eye towards fuel economy. The transmission is offered as either a 6-speed short-shift manual or an automatic paddle-shifter based slushbox with rev-matched downshifts and a limited slip differential thrown in the mix to put the power down. Hollis hinted that the weight of the Scion FR-S will come in under the S2000 and we’re excited about the potential.

No information was provided on the cost but words like “attainable” were thrown out which probably means that it will be less than $30k.


  • Low stance, sleek hood and roof-line
  • Front fenders boasting iconic ‘86’ piston emblems
  • LED taillights and center-mounted backup lights


  •  Bright seat two-tone accents and stitching make the interior look a tad hokey
  •  Exterior styling is neutered compared to the concept
  •  Initial color options are not especially flattering

Scion FR-S Preliminary Specifications

Length: 166.7 in.
Width: 69.9 in.
Height: 51.2 in. (not including antenna base)
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
– Front: 59.8 in.
– Rear: 60.6 in.
Seating capacity: 4
Total displacement: 1,998 cc
Type: Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, D-4S injection, DOHC
Bore × stroke: 86 × 86 mm.
Maximum output: 200hp @ 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 151 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Driveline: Rear-wheel drive
– Front: MacPherson struts
– Rear: Double wishbone
– Front: Ventilated Disc
– Rear: Ventilated Disc
– Front: 215/45R17
– Rear: 215/45R17
Fuel tank: 13.2 gallons
Fuel: Premium Unleaded[/collapse]

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