Scion an­nounces pric­ing for its 2013 FR-S sports car

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The FR-S starts with a man­u­fac­turer’s sug­gested re­tail price (MSRP) of $24,200 when equipped with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, and $25,300 when equipped with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that fea­tures pad­dle shifters and rev-match tech­nol­ogy. The high-per­for­mance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion fam­ily and will go on sale this spring.

“Scion’s goal was to cre­ate an af­ford­able sports car that true driv­ing en­thu­si­asts could en­joy,” said Jack Hol­lis, Scion vice pres­i­dent. “We ac­com­plished that goal with the FR-S start­ing un­der $25,000… a to­tal home run! Add in Scion’s com­pli­men­tary Scion Ser­vice Boost, our no-hag­gle no-has­sle Pure Price, and Scion’s net­work of about 1,000 deal­ers, and the FR-S is a grand slam.”

Pure Bal­ance

The FR-S, which stands for Fron­tengine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion’s def­i­ni­tion of an au­then­tic rear­wheel-drive sports car with ex­cep­tion­ally bal­anced per­for­mance and han­dling, com­pelling style, flex­i­ble util­ity and sur­pris­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency.

The FR-S is a true “scion,” born into a lengthy his­tory of Toy­ota per­for­mance cars and mo­tor­sports. Dur­ing plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, it was most in­spired by the AE86 gen­er­a­tion of the Corolla, bet­ter known as the HachiRoku, mean­ing “8-6” in Ja­panese. The AE86 was a front-en­gine, rear-wheeldrive coupe that 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.

The flat-four mates with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The man­ual of­fers quick, pre­cise shifts with a short­throw; while the au­to­matic fea­tures ag­gres­sive up shifts and sporty revmatched down shifts that are ini­ti­ated by steer­ing-wheel-mounted pad­dle shifters. Power is trans­ferred to the pave­ment via a stan­dard Torsen 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 a light­weight 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 stan­dard on all four cor­ners.

Pow­er­ful Ex­te­rior De­sign

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 that house the pro­jec­tor­beam halo­gen lamps. 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 will be avail­able in seven colors in­clud­ing Raven, As­phalt, Hot Lava, Ar­gento, Ul­tra­ma­rine, Firestorm and White­out.

Per­for­mance-fo­cused In­te­rior

The FR-S’S in­te­rior in­cludes a 2+2 seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion that is de­signed with both form and func­tion in mind. The front seats fea­ture deep bol­sters and are mounted ex­tremely low and are com­fort­able yet as­sertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, cre­at­ing flex­i­ble space. The car will come stan­dard with FR-S badged floor mats. The large cen­ter-mounted tachome­ter is the fo­cus of the three-gauge clus­ter and fea­tures a pro­gram­mable shift-in­di­ca­tor, in­form­ing the driver of the en­gine’s vi­tals. Speed is mon­i­tored by both dig­i­tal and ana­log gauges. The FRS fea­tures a sporty leather-trimmed steer­ing wheel that has both tilt and tele­scopic ad­just­ment.

The FR-S will come stan­dard with an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB 300-watt max­i­mum out­put Pioneer au­dio sys­tem. Stan­dard fea­tures also in­clude HD Ra­dio tech­nol­ogy and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity that al­lows both hands-free phone con­nec­tion as well as stream­ing au­dio ca­pa­bil­ity.

Sports Car Per­for­mance with Ex­cel­lent Safety Fea­tures

FR- S comes stan­dard with six airbags, in­clud­ing dual-stage ad­vanced driver- and front-pas­sen­ger airbags, front-seat-mounted airbags and side­cur­tain airbags.

Like all Scions, FR-S fea­tures the Star Safety Sys­tem that in­cludes Trac­tion Con­trol ( TRAC), Elec­tronic Brake-force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), En­hanced Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC), Brake As­sist (BA), an Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS), and Smart Stop Tech­nol­ogy (SST).

The de­liv­ery, pro­cess­ing and han­dling (DPH) fee for all Scion mod­els is $730 and is not in­cluded in the MSRP. DPH fee for ve­hi­cles dis­trib­uted by South­east Toy­ota (SET) and Gulf States Toy­ota (GST) may vary.

War­ranty and Com­pli­men­tary Scion Ser­vice Boost

Like all Scion mod­els, the FR-S is cov­ered by a 3-year/36,000-mile com­pre­hen­sive war­ranty and a 5year/60,000-mile pow­er­train war­ranty. The FR-S will come stan­dard with Scion Ser­vice Boost, a com­pli­men­tary plan cov­er­ing nor­mal fac­tory-sched­uled main­te­nance for two years or 25,000 miles, which­ever comes first, and two years of 24-hour road­side as­sis­tance.

Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude HD Ra­dio tech­nol­ogy and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity that al­lows both hands-free phone con­nec­tion as well as stream­ing au­dio ca­pa­bil­ity.

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