2013 Scion FR-S Officially Unveiled
Last night, Scion revealed the highly anticipated FR-S compact sports car before hundreds of spirited auto enthusiasts at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Easily the most anticipated Scion model to date, the FR-S (Front-engine,Rear-wheel drive Sports car) was met with energetic cheers and widespread chatter across the web and social networks. Scion VP Jack Hollis was on hand to deliver the keynote.
The FR-S was proudly displayed among Toyota’s landmark sports cars, including the Supra Turbo, 2000GT, Sports 800, MR2, Corolla GT-S and Lexus LFA. Hollis explained to the audience why these vehicles were present:
“You might be thinking… If we’re here to talk about the Scion FR-S…then what the heck are all of these Toyota and Lexus cars doing here?
Well, that’s simple…before we can talk about what the FR-S is all about…it’s essential to know where the FR-S comes FROM. A true performance car like this isn’t simply developed overnight…Every single one of these cars contains Toyota’s high octane DNA…a DNA that can only be obtained through years of engineering…innovation…experience…and of course…racing.
You may also be wondering why this car is a Scion? The definition of the word Scion means to be a descendant of… or an heir to. The heritage and DNA of these performance cars you see here tonight trickles down into every ounce of the FR-S…just one of the benefits of being from such a great family. “
The powerplant beneath the FR-S’s long, shapely hood is as unique as the car itself. 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. The engine mates to either a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, or a six-speed manual transmission.
Aside from the official unveiling, the event was full of fun attractions to entertain the attendees, including the first customized FR-S designed by GReddy, FR-S R/C cars from HPI Racing, Gran Turismo 5 video game racing consoles featuring the FR-S, and chest-thumping music mixed by DJ Dirty Dave.
The FR-S is slated to be available for purchase next spring.
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