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2013 Scion FR-S

Published July 9, 2012

So Toyota and Subaru hook up at a bar and decide to have a child. It sounds like a joke but it’s not because the punch line is way to serious. The Scion FR-S. No wait it’s the Toyota GT 86. Actually the Subaru BRZ. Really this car is like the bastard clone child of a celebrity couple who can’t decide on a name. In North America it will be known as the Scion FR-S everywhere else in the world it will be known as a Toyota GT 86…unless of course it’s a Subaru BRZ. It’s like a promiscuous sailor with made up name in every port. Look, it doesn’t really matter what this car is called, the fact is it’s a very serious performance car. But for the sake of the North American buying public we’ll refer to it as the Scion FR-S.

This was the brainchild of Akio Toyoda, Toyota president and grandson of the company’s founder. Well that’s what he’d have you believe. Subaru has claimed in other press releases that this was all their idea. Bloody hell. The details are fuzzy but one thing’s for sure, Toyota and Subaru got drunk together, came up with an idea to collaborate on a production performance sports car and shook hands on the deal. And as we all know when the Japanese shake hands on something, there is no breaking that bond. Not without a huge kung fu battle breaking out anyway.

What we do know is that this is a very affordable sports car with loads of aftermarket potential. The Need for Speed street racer fans will be lining up outside the dealership for this car like 14 year old girls for a One Direction concert. The 2013 Scion FR-S will embarrass you on the road if you don’t know how to drive. Which seems entirely wrong considering its youthful target demographic. Its 2.0 liter flat inline four cylinder engine manages 200hp, which may not seem like much but it’s definitely plenty. The engine sits low in the compartment creating a low center of gravity, bolstering its handling capabilities. This car is highly responsive. Holding the stability button will relieve the option and the FR-S will slide out from beneath you should the driver over steer or hit the gas mid turn. It’s agile enough it won’t spin completely out of control like a full blown sports car but it will just enough to remind you to pay attention and stop being cocky. If you’re a talented driver the FR-S will respond. It comes with the transmission options of a manual six speed or automatic.

The truly exciting idea is what the after market aspect will produce. On the street the 2013 Scion FR-S will be tricked out beyond all imagination. We’re going to see this car in chase scenes in movies looking like a million bucks, that’s for sure. And we know we’ll definitely see it on the morning news wrapped around a telephone pole once in a while. But in the right hands the Scion FR-S will be a lot of fun and the subject of a great deal of post racing drunken bragging rights. No matter what its called.

 

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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