2013 Scion FR-S

For all of the press and hype surrounding the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ , not a lot of people know or have given love to the third model of the bunch, the Scion FR-S.

All that’s about to change because the Scion FR-S has arrived. For those that have shed rivers of tears when they found out that neither the GT 86 nor the BRZ were headed Stateside, news that the FR-S will arrive in America is tantamount to a post Thanksgiving blessing.

Now, we’ve actually seen a concept version of the FR-S - called the FR-S Concept - at the New York Auto Show , so it really didn’t come as a surprise to a lot of us that the sports coupe was coming to the US, but seeing the concept and seeing the production version are two different things.

It doesn’t even matter that we’re not getting the GT 86 and the BRZ. We have the FR-S, and just like a child that comes to us, we’re going to shower it with as much love as we can possibly give.

Find out more about the Scion FR-S after the jump.

Driving Impressions


Since it was a concept, Scion was able to play around with the design of the FR-S Concept a little bit more. The production version, on the other hand, appears to have been designed more conservatively, albeit still carrying a sharp and clean design that’s a far departure from what we’re used to with Scion.

Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S

In addition to tracing its lineage to the AE86 generation of the Toyota Corolla , the production FR-S’ profile was inspired by the Toyota 2000GT , and distinguishes itself with a sleek and low hood and roof-line that enhance the coupe’s sporty and aggressive stance while also providing aerodynamic efficiency. The sharp lines, wide mouth, and angular headlights of the FR-S are likewise a testament to the car’s personality, as are the aggressive front fenders that protrude upward. Meanwhile, the rear end fascia lies low and wide to the ground, complete with aerodynamic lower treatments that surround the sporty dual exhaust system. Just like the 86 and the BRZ, the FR-S also boasts of LED lights that illuminate the edges of the taillights, and a new set of 17" lightweight alloy wheels round out the muscular look of the sports coupe.


Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S

As for the interior, the FR-S was designed with a 2+2 seating configuration that was developed to adhere to the car’s overall form and function. Just like the exterior details on the car, the front seats are mounted lower than usual, yet are still comfortable enough to encourage aggressive driving. The two rear seats can be folded, offering up more space for luggage to be stowed. The FR-S also has a large center-mounted tachometer with a three-gauge cluster.


Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S

The Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter front boxer engine that can also be found on the 86 and the BRZ. The engine can then be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Output numbers are also the same at 200 horsepower and 151 lb/ft of torque.

What’s unique about this new powertrain is that it carries Toyota’s new D-4S injection system, a technology that results in direct injection combined with port injection. With separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, and a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, the D-4S system can increase the power and torque bands of the FR-S over a wide range of engine speeds, all without having to sacrifice the sports coupe’s fuel efficiency numbers.

“We all know that it’s not hard to make horsepower and torque, but it is hard to do all that and still achieve impressive fuel economy,” Hollis said. “The FR-S accomplishes all three.”


Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S
Length166.7 inches
Width66.9 inches
Height51.2 inches (exclusing antennae base)
Wheelbase101.2 inches
Track (Front)59.8 inches
Track (Rear)60.6 inches
Seating Capacity4
Engine Displacement1,998 cc
Engine TypeHorizontally opposed four-cylinder, D-4S injection, DOHC
Bore × stroke86 × 86 mm
Maximum output200hp @ 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque151 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm
Transmission6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
DrivelineRear-wheel drive
Front SuspensionMacPherson struts
Rear SuspensionDouble wishbone
Front BrakesVentilated Disc
Rear BrakesVentilated Disc
Front Tires215/45R17
Rear Tires215/45R17
Fuel tank13.2 gallons
FuelPremium Unleaded


Scion FR-S

We now have a price tag, ladies and gentlemen! The Scion FR-S will cost you $24,930, including $730 in destination charges, for the six-speed, short-throw manual transmission. If you prefer an automatic a six-speed, paddle-shifted transmission with rev-match technology, the cost reaches $26,030 inclusive of destination charges.

GT86 vs BRZ vs FR-S

Scion FR-S

To a lot of North Americans, this conversation is rendered moot because two of the three models aren’t even coming to our soil. So by default, the Scion FR-S wins.

But when you really take account the whole sibling rivalry, engine specs are also a wash, considering that all three carry the same power train. Where the FR-S falls short is in the higher-spec model, which Toyota Toyota and Subaru are promising with the GT 86 and BRZ, respectively. What this means is that both models will most likely have a higher-output version that could potentially carry as much as 300 horsepower.

We haven’t heard that kind of discussion with the FR-S so we’ll be holding our breaths to see what Scion has in store for their model.

  • Design of the sports coupe is very impressive
  • Comfortable seating configuration
  • It’s available here!
  • The FeRrariS for us.
  • Will it have a higher-spec variant?
  • No price yet
Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S


Maybe the two of the trio have decided to give way to it since it’s like the least popular among them.

Don’t you think that Scion is monopolizing? Kidding aside, it’s great to know that at least one of the trios is going to be sold and doted on in the US.

This article is incorrect, the Subaru BRZ is most definitely coming to the US, pricing has been announced and you can find details on the Subaru America website. There will be no Toyota GT 86 because it is being sold as the Scion FR-S in North America.

The design of this 2013 Scion FR-S was pretty impressive with its stunning red color. The interior of this coupe looks aggressive yet comfortable. The boxer-four engine and six-speed manual/automatic transmission are great.

The exterior is truly hot. The interior is as sporty as predicted. The engine included was just right to call this car “hot”. I find it more inviting in the eyes most of it on the wheels—very tempting.

I just love the design of this sports coupe. For me it is really impressive and stunning. I also like the headlights of it.

I love the design of this sports coupe. This is really impressive and stunning. Aside from that, the comfortable seating configuration adds the best features it has to offer. I also love the headlights of it.

I have to agree that it already looks great and luscious on its body paint. However, I have to agree with them that they need to boost its engine.

Scion is really improving on this vehicle! It’s truly a good thing that it doesn’t only have an awesome and stunning look even a feature but also have a nice speed performance which I’ve longed to see on their vehicle.

200 horsepower definitely can’t give a better speed performance for this vehicle! Well, Scion should truly be focused more on how they could boost their engine, especially with their sports vehicle.

It really looks so luscious on its body paint! Well, for me, it is already looks perfect on its exterior design. However, just like them, I don’t think that its engine is not truly good on it.

I don’t think either that 200 horsepower that only has a 151 torque of this sports vehicle could already give a great mileage on it. Definitely, it looks good on its appearance but its engine is really big disappointment on it.

Well, Scion should really give an extra focus on how they could boost more the engine of this vehicle. It will only be an alas if they still use a weak barrel for their cars, especially on a race car.

I’m already impressed with its comfortable seating configuration. Moreover, I have to agree that it already looks great and luscious on its body paint. However, I have to agree with them that they need to boost its engine.

I love the luscious appearance of this Scion FR-S and even though it is really looks so similar with Toyota GT 86, I must say that it is still the most attractive and lovely vehicle for me. However, it is truly very disappointing on its weak engine.

I don’t know why you keep stating that the Subaru BRZ isn’t going to be available in the U.S. Subaru’s own web site states, "The U.S. production model will be unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show."

It looks like a Jaguar vehicle on its looks and platform. However, the appeal and the angst of these vehicles are really unmatchable because Jaguar is merely attractive than on it and has as well a nice engine specification.

I love the center console of this Scion; it really looks so cool for this sports sedan! I would admit also that it is a good-looking vehicle but too bad they still don’t boost their engine.

150 ft-lbs. of torque at 6600 rpm? Toyota and Subaru think that this thing is going to get good mileage? What are they thinking? I can think of a lot of other cars I would rather drive with torque coming on in spades at much lower revolutions. Having to drive at WOT near the red line to get a measly 150 ft-lbs of torque is a deal breaker. And the thing needs premium fuel too! No thanks Toyota and Subaru, I’ll be looking at the Genesis coupe coming out with that hot turbocharged 2 liter and 275 ft-lbs. at less than 2,000 rpm to go along with 275 horsepower on regular fuel. Probably for a similar price with a far better warranty. I will say it first, the FR-S will flop much like the RX-8. Great handling, but without that kick in the pants, plant you back in the seat feel of raw acceleration, there won’t be much of a market for this kind of vehicle. And premium fuel for a budget brand? Seriously Toyota? Wow is all I can say.

It looks pretty cool on its sleek body paint, but it still looks like their other vehicle. Anyway, good thing that it was on a boxer engine which could truly give a nice and remarkable speed on it.

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