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|It’s Official: The U.S. Is Getting The Scion FR-S||
By now you’ve seen enough pictures and video of the 2013 Toyota FT 86 / GT 86 and Subaru BRZ to know that there aren’t a lot of differences in styling or specifications between the various brands. Get set to add one more (nearly) identical car to the list, in the form of the Scion FR-S. As we suspected, Scion will use the FR-S to grow sales (and brand awareness) in the United States, which means that you won’t be buying a Toyota FT-86 on these shores.
After many years of making due with current Toyota products, the folks here stateside will have some real excitement in the Toyota line to rejoice about only it will be wearing the Scion badge. The Scion line will now have a total of five vehicles to offer, the xB, xD, iQ, tC, and FR-S. For obvious reasons, the FR-S would be the so-called ‘flagship’ of the bunch.
As with the Toyota and Subaru versions, expect the Scion to be a blank canvas for enthusiasts. By the time the coupe hits the market, you can expect a variety of performance upgrades to be available from Toyota’s TRD and aftermarket suppliers alike. As with Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, those who buy the FR-S to use for track days or autocross won’t be keeping it stock for very long.
The Scion comes with the same 200 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque offered by the Subaru, and we suspect the curb weight will also be in the area of 2,700 pounds. The same six-speed manual and paddle-shifted six-speed automatic transmissions will be offered, appealing to both the hardcore enthusiast and the real-world driver who faces a daily commute in rush hour traffic.
Pricing hasn’t been set, but in keeping with Scion’s bang-for-the-buck philosophy we’d expect the FR-S to start in the low $20k range. Expect it to hit Scion dealers in the spring of 2012. For now, you can configure your own Scion FR-S at FRS-Scion.com!
Hit up the press release directly from Toyota for more information and additional specifications on the new 2013 Scion FR-S.
2013 Scion FR-S Brings the SPORT Back to the CAR
– Low center of gravity and lightweight design achieves a “Pure Balance”
– Compact rear-wheel drive sports car makes world debut
– World’s first boxer engine to utilize Toyota’s D4-S direct and port injection system
Los Angeles – November 30, 2011 – Scion tonight unveiled its 2013 FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car to a crowd of eager car enthusiasts. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family and will go on sale in the spring of 2012.
The FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising MPG.
“Serving as a laboratory for Toyota, Scion is always experimenting with new things,” said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. “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.”
The FR-S is a true “scion,” born into a lengthy history of Toyota performance cars and motorsports. The sports car is most inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, better known as the Hachi-Roku, meaning “8-6″ in Japanese. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe was lightweight and well balanced, making it a solid choice for driving enthusiasts.
Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is designed around the core goal of achieving, “Pure Balance.” The balance begins with the strategic use of the world’s only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine’s compact size and flat shape allow it to be mounted mid-ship and extremely low, giving the car a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 and a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars.
The FR-S’s 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru. The partnership begins by combining Subaru’s newly developed horizontally opposed engine and Toyota’s cutting edge D-4S injection system that incorporates both direct and port injection. The D-4S system, partnered with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, results in an impressive 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
“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.”
The flat-four mates with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts with a short-throw; while the automatic transmission features aggressive up shifts and sporty rev-matched down shifts that are initiated by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is transferred to the pavement via a limited-slip differential.
The idea of “Pure Balance” is further realized by the FR-S’s lightweight design and compact size. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of corners, with dynamic maneuverability and confident handling. The coupe’s weight is kept to a minimum by utilizing an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and by featuring a trunk design instead of a hatchback.
The FR-S’s low weight is matched with a dynamically tuned suspension setup consisting of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone system in the rear. Lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and ventilated disc brakes are on all four corners.
The fierce exterior of the FR-S is a solid reflection of its inner power. The profile, inspired by the Toyota 2000GT, reveals a hood and roof-line that is remarkably sleek and low, giving it an aerodynamic shape that channels air cleanly over to the top. The low stance continues to exaggerate the coupe’s menacing face, which is made up of sharp lines, a wide mouth and angular headlights. The aggressive front fenders protrude upward and boast the iconic ’86′ piston emblem, which highlights the car’s AE86 heritage as well as its unique new boxer engine. The rear fascia sits low and wide, with aerodynamic lower treatments that surround the sporty dual exhaust system. LEDs illuminate the edgy taillights, while center-mounted backup lights finish the muscular design.
The FR-S’s interior features a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind. The front seats are mounted extremely low and are comfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. The large center-mounted tachometer is the focus of the three-gauge cluster, keeping the driver informed of the engine’s vitals. Speed is monitored by both digital and analog gauges.
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
|New Subaru BRZ In-Motion Video||
So far one of the many highlights at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show remains to be Toyota and Subaru taking the wraps off of the long-awaited GT 86 (FT-86) and the Subaru BRZ sibling. Lately, an onslaught of new photos and videos has been released showcasing these two new rear-wheel-drive boxer engine lightweight hotties. One video that shows more details of the Subaru BRZ has been released by Subaru giving us a glance at many new angles and interior shots while the BRZ is rolling down the road and on track. Hit up the jump below to check it out.
|‘Toyota FT-86 Devoted to Innovation’ Teaser Video Released Ahead of Tokyo Motor Show||
The upcoming 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will give a glimpse into the near future revealing several highly anticipated vehicles to hit showroom floors next year. One of those vehicles remains to be the Toyota FT-86 aka Scion FR-S aka Subaru BRZ. Days before its official production-skin unveiling, Toyota releases a new teaser trailer of the FT-86.
The new Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ) is touted to bring back the basics of rear-wheel-drive fun and enthusiasts cannot wait to get their hands on what is probably the most exciting “affordable” RWD sports car to come from Toyota since the Supra. Check out the new teaser below and get excited with us as the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show opens up next week.
P.S., check out what looks to be the old-school Toyota 2000GT and other classic Toyota sports cars in the video. Did you see them?
|Subaru BRZ Concept to Debut at LA Auto Show||
Subaru’s FT-86 (Scion FRS) equivalent is reportedly set to debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show in November. The exterior sheet metal of the Subaru BRZ Concept will be mostly unrelated to the actual production version when it hits the floor of the LA convention center.
As we have reported previously, the Subaru BRZ will be jointly-developed with Toyota’s FT-86 (Scion FRS in the USA) and share virtually identical chassis and powertrains. Powering the BRZ and FT-86 will be a 2.0-liter direct-injected boxer 4-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
The “real” look of the BRZ will not be revealed until the Tokyo Motor Show when we should expect the Scion FRS to show its true production face. Also reported recently, the Scion FRS (Toyota in other world markets) variation will be a de-contented version when compared to the Subaru BRZ featuring more standard equipment.
Both vehicles will have a center of gravity lower than most exotic and sports cars currently on the market making it a true competitor on the track against other vehicles in its class.
[Source: Car and Driver]
|Scion FR-S Concept (Toyota FT-86 Transformed ‘again’) Walk-Around Videos||
The 2011 New York Auto Show has brought us some interesting vehicles, one of them being the Scion FR-S concept which is an evolution of the Toyota FT-86 that we first saw just before the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Since then, Toyota has tweaked the design over and over making us enthusiasts truly impatient and ready to see this bad-boy on the road finally. Two new walk-around-videos have been released showing many of the highlighted design cues of the new Scion FR-S concept. If the production version is anything like what we see here, then Toyota may have a winner in my book. Please don’t fu*k this up Toyota! Enjoy the videos below!
|This Is Scion’s FT-86 (the Scion FR-S)||
The official unveiling of the Scion FR-S is scheduled for later today, but that hasn’t prevented images from turning up on the internet ahead of time. The car that will be revealed in New York today is officially listed as a concept, so read into that what you will. The styling has been toned down a bit from the FT-86 II Concept that Toyota displayed in Geneva, but the latest concept looks a long way from production to me. The blacked out windows say “don’t expect an accurate rendering of a production interior”, while the sharply arched and creased front fenders would be difficult (expensive, actually) to put into production. As Autoblog’s Zach Bowman points out, those enormous wheels will never see production and the side view mirrors can’t meet DOT standards.
So where does that leave the FT-86? The truth is that no one knows. Maybe it will show up on these shores wearing a Toyota badge, or maybe it will show up here as a Scion. Maybe it will look like one of the recent concepts, or maybe it won’t. Maybe it will be released for sales in 2012, but if this is what Toyota is showing us this late in the game, chances of a 2012 intro aren’t good. I’m still holding out hope that Toyota gets this car right, but it gets harder to believe that each and every time I write a story about it.
|Toyota To Show Production FT-86 At Tokyo Motor Show?||
If Japan’s Best Car magazine is correct, Toyota will show a production version of the FT-86 sports coupe as soon as this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Held in December, the Tokyo Motor Show is usually considered one of the industry’s most significant, and it’s often used by Japanese manufacturers to highlight both concept and new production vehicles. Toyota showed a re-styled FT-86 II at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and the concept met with mixed reviews. Some (like myself) felt that it was too busy and departed from the clean lines of the original prototype. Others (likely Toyota’s target demographic) liked the edgy styling of the FT-86 II.
If the car does debut in Tokyo, look for sales to begin within a few months (let’s say late spring, 2012). We still don’t know if the car will be sold here as a Toyota or as a Scion, and we don’t know what the final horsepower number of the Subaru sourced boxer engine will be. Speaking of Subaru, they’ve been strangely silent about their own version of the car, said to come in higher-output turbo flavor with an AWD drivetrain. I’ll go out on a limb and make this prediction now: if Toyota is showing a production version of the FT-86 in Tokyo, look for Subaru to roll theirs out at the same time.
Source: 4 Wheels News
|Could the Toyota FT-86 Bring Driving Excitement Back To Toyota?||
Don’t you love automotive rumors especially when it is one that fulfills that long-time dream of your favorite supercar making its way to production and into your driveway? Sure, it’s great to daydream from time to time even if that supercar happens to be the return of the Toyota Supra, not in the form of the Lexus LFA though.
You may have already seen the new Toyota FT-86 concept or even the revamped version at the Geneva Motor Show this year, the FT-86 II. Did you think to yourself that Toyota could really resurrect that good old ‘excitement’ feeling that somehow vanished with the demise of the Supra, Celica and even the MR2? Somehow it seems like ‘a lot’ is riding on the introduction of the Toyota FT-86 whether it is badged as a Scion or Toyota. What does this car really mean for Toyota and their over-all perception?
When you think of Toyota what comes to mind? Maybe hybrids, boring but reliable family cars, bestselling sedan in America, off-road capable vehicles – what else? What about modern-day sports cars? Well, they have the LFA from their Lexus brand but that is completely unrealistic unless you have managed to overcome today’s economic conditions and became one of the uber-rich that doesn’t mind dropping over $375K on a Japanese supercar. I honestly believe that bringing the FT-86 into production will put Toyota in a position to be once again recognized as an exciting car company. They may be able to learn a few things from Nissan and the re-conception of cars like the 370Z and GTR.
Let’s examine the FT-86 concept for a minute. We first saw the FT-86 concept in its original form just before the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2009. The new Toyota FT-86 II is a recently revamped version of the FT-86 Concept, inspired by driver feedback, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Essentially, the FT-86 touts its moniker and design aspects from the old AE86 body style coded Toyota Corolla Levin and Toyota Sprinter Trueno from 1983. Today we know the AE86 to be a contending drift machine and highly sought after sports coupe by automotive enthusiasts not only in Japan but all over the world. Currently from recent reports, The FT-86 is slated to wear the ‘Scion FR-S’ name when it makes it to the official debut at the NY Auto Show next month. The FT-86 was co-developed with Toyota and Subaru mainly for the drivetrain configuration which consists of a horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine. Rumors have stated that the engine well now get somewhere north of 260 horsepower. Another recent rumor will tell us that the FT-86 will be available in a hybrid configuration which should include some of the Prius’s inner workings only in a ‘sports car’ form. A Toyota representative even said responding to a question about developing a hybrid sports car, “Why not”, “It’s no secret we’ve been considering a hybrid sports car for a while.”
For years we have all awaited the return of the Toyota Supra, arguably one of the baddest Japanese sports car in our generation. The FT-86 could temporary fill that void reshaping Toyota’s image in the eye of many automotive enthusiasts. Surely the FT-86 is nothing like a Supra, but just think of what it could mean for igniting future sports car developments from Toyota. Between the Lexus LFA and the new FT-86, Toyota has a large gap to fill and we can’t wait to see what they fill it with.
|Toyota FT-86 II Concept Teaser Photo Released||
Automotive enthusiasts and journalists are expecting to see the new Toyota FT-86 Concept in the flesh at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in March. To spice things up a bit, Toyota has released a teaser photo of a FT-86 II Concept variant. So far no specific details have been released on this new ‘II’ edition of the FT-86 Concept, obviously based off of the original FT-86 Concept design, which will supposedly be branded as a Scion to reach young buyers when it makes its official debut.
Could this FT-86 II Concept be a 300-plus horsepower version of the new Toyota? The Subaru version of the FT-86 Concept is slated to get a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat 4-cyl good for about 260 horsepower. We may not know the significance of this photo until the Geneva Auto Show. Until then, keep your fingers crossed it is something ‘good’ to finally resurrect that sportiness that has been missing from Toyota ever since the Supra in 98’.
|Toyota -Subaru Sports Coupe by the Year-end||
Toyota and Subaru will launch their jointly-developed sport coupe in late 2011. Fuji Heavy Industries is the parent company of Subaru. Testing is almost complete and the design team is making their final adjustments. The vehicle is expected to be “very comfortable and fuel-efficient”. It features a low center of gravity that will instill driver confidence.
It was earlier said that the Toyota-Subaru joint venture model will be outfitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine with 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS). It was also previously reported to feature a six-speed manual transmission, which will send power to the rear-wheels.
The styling is expected to be virtually identical to the Toyota FT-86 but this one will have a unique grille, modified bumpers, and different wheels.
|Toyota FT-86/FR-S Will Carry Scion Name w/$25,000 Price Tag||
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the new Toyota FT-86 will be badged as a Scion with a price starting around $25,000 when it goes to the market. The name of the vehicle has been reported to be ‘FR-S’ will get a 2.5-liter version of the Subaru 4-cylinder boxer engine powering the rear wheels in the U.S. with other markets will likely get a 2.0-liter version.
The production model Scion FR-S will hopefully be officially revealed at the 2011 New York Auto Show.
|Subaru Version of Toyota FT-86 Spotted||
Spy photographers have captured a few images of Subaru’s version of Toyota FT-86. The prototype is reportedly undergoing hot-weather testing in an American desert.
And what has been glimpsed right now is a curious mix of camouflage and spare parts patched in with duct tape.
Understandably, this visual makes it quite impossible to zone in on what the production model will finally look like, but based on previous renderings, this model is likely to be a striking offering from Subaru.
As per previous information, the coupe will inhabit a shortened frame of the Legacy platform, and will have the rear suspension of the Impreza.
The FT-86 will feature a 2.0-liter boxer engine – naturally aspirated; and reports say the Subaru model will be using a 2.0-liter turbo with 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS).
This will be paired to a six-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive. The model will be on sale by 2013 and reports say the base price will be at a minimum of $25,000.
|Toyota FT-86 Not To Be Delayed; To Arrive November Next Year||
Come November 2011, and Toyota will be ready with its FT-86. The production version of the car is said to be almost 50 per cent complete. Though not many details have been revealed, it is being speculated that the car would be attached with a price tag of 2.5 million yen ($28,610 / €22,000).
If you would remember, the Toyota FT-86 was earlier been in the news for having been delayed till 2013. However, the latest reports that suggest a November 2011 launch have brought more discussions on the new Toyota offering.
What we get to know is that the new Toyota FT-86 would be based on a design similar to the concept that had been shown to us earlier. Though there might be minor modifications, the overall shape and design are said to be more or less the same. The concept was shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
The concept car had been showcased then with a Subaru 2.0-liter Boxer engine, six-speed manual transmission, ADVICS brakes, and rear-wheel drive. Get set for the latest Toyota offering soon. By the way, what do you think about the pricing?