Scion FR-S Sports Coupe Concept at 2011 New York Auto Show

Scion FR-S Concept

  • Looks like: Scion is finally backing its bark with bite 
  • Defining characteristics: 2.0-liter boxer engine and rear-wheel drive 
  • Ridiculous features: There’s virtually no clearance between the wheels and fenders; that’s a recipe for disaster against potholes  
  • Chances of being mass-produced: Expect it sometime in the near future 

Scion sales have been in the doldrums as of late, partly due to of a lack of new, exciting vehicles to show. If the FR-S Sports Coupe concept is any indication of a production vehicle — there are strong indications it is — then Scion should have no problem recapturing the attention of the coveted Generation Y demographic … err, Millennials.

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The FR-S is a rear-wheel-drive compact sports coupe, which is Scion’s first rear-wheel-drive vehicle. If that weren’t enough, the concept is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer engine, another first for Scion. Subaru is known for its boxer engines, and this engine and the platform for which a production FR-S would be built upon are a part of a collaborative project between Subaru and Toyota.

This is the third similar concept for a rear-wheel-drive coupe that Toyota has shown recently — the first two were Toyota-branded — the concept you see here is the closest we’ve seen to a production model yet.

FR-S stands for “Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport,” which sounds like the acronym came before the full name, and when you add sports coupe to the end, it sounds even more repetitive. Along with the basic, sporty rear-wheel-drive layout, the concept can be mated with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. There are massive 20-inch wheels — the rear wheels are 2-inches wider than the front ones — and large 18-inch ceramic rotors and large brake calipers for immediate stopping force.

As for styling, not much has changed from the Toyota FT-86 II concept besides some Scion add-ons and minor revisions to the lower front air dam styling. There seems to be a bit more side sculpting in the front fender. The side air vents from the Toyota concept have been removed, as has the huge rear spoiler.

Because there were so few changes, it looks like this is the overall shape a production model will take. More photos below.

Scion FR-S Concept

Scion FR-S Concept

Scion FR-S Concept

Scion FR-S Concept

Scion FR-S Concept



SUPER NICE!!!! It's so crazy looking! There's more info, videos, and stuff here if you guys are interested. . I want it!

There are more photos of the FR-S, and video, at


Hell yeah...looks awesome, but this should have been the next Celica. I understand Scion needs new products, but Toyota has been lacking for a while now.


there doesn't need to be another Celica. The Celica is too easily forgotten and it's not even that old. Toyota needs another Supra


Where are the actual photos?


I agree it should stay a Toyota model. But I would be afraid that if named the Supra it would give too much room to charge 40+k for it. I'd stay with Celica or a brand new name.


please let it have enough leg room for a 6 ft 2 in dude!!!!!! HOT HOT HOT


is this the next TC??? SUPER HOT!!!


The Scion name across the rear deck reminds me of the Celica Supra from 25 years ago.


Awesome looking car!


Why does Toyota feel the need to get an engine from Subaru? Are they acknowledging something about their engineering limitations?

Indeed,Toyota FT-86 II is a very nice model that one should dream of. How much does it cost?

This car is ideal to all single men. Surely, girls will chase after them.

wow! This is a great car! It is one of my dream to have a car on my own someday. This car encouraged me more to do more to get my desire to have a car.


Man they just killed my dreams, they unveiled it, and you can go to an see it, and they did some modifications, so don't expect it to look like this

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