2013 Scion FR-S: First Look

2013 Scion FR-S

  • Competes with: Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Nissan 370Z, Subaru BRZ
  • Looks like: The first legitimately sporty Scion
  • Drivetrain: 200-hp horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine; six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Spring 2012

Look familiar? We showed you a first glimpse of the 2013 Subaru BRZ yesterday, and besides some aesthetic differences, the 2013 Scion FR-S will be a nearly identical offering in the sports coupe category.

The vehicle you see is the result of a partnership between Subaru and Toyota. Subaru’s counterpart will be marketed as the just mentioned BRZ in the U.S. In the rest of the world, the Scion FR-S will be known as the Toyota GT 86, or simply “86” in Japan.

FR-S stands for “Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport.” Along with the basic, sporty rear-wheel-drive layout, the coupe comes standard with a 200-horsepower horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Premium fuel is required.

While the overall body shape is nearly identical to the BRZ, Scion has added some garnishes from its FR-S Sport Coupe concept vehicle to the front and rear end, including a honeycomb lower intake. Instead of the port vents shown on the BRZ, the Scion features an “86” piston emblem on either side, alluding to the Toyota AE86. The model shown features 17-inch wheels.

There are some significant differences between the Scion and the Toyota and Subaru models in the cabin, including some changes to interior controls. Instead of the climate control radial knobs with digital readouts, the Scion will get controls borrowed from the Scion tC and Toyota Corolla (Cars.com's Kelsey Mays called them “shoddy” in his review); the GT 86 and the BRZ featured dual-climate systems in their press photos, but it doesn’t look like the Scion has the feature.  The push-button start we saw on the BRZ is also removed from the center console, or maybe the feature is unavailable on the Scion all together. The radio unit has been replaced with a stock Pioneer head unit that most Scion models have recently upgraded to.

These telltale details could suggest an effort to cheapen the FR-S to bring its price in line with the rest of the Scion lineup. That strategy could be helpful in differentiating it from the otherwise identical Subaru BRZ in the U.S. market, with the latter vying for more upmarket buyers. 

Toyota will share more information about the FR-S at the 2012 Detroit auto show.

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By Colin Bird | December 1, 2011 | Comments (15)

Comments 

cody

shouldn't the 'looks like' column include a certain subaru???

people bitch about badge engineering with the big-3 when they platform share, but this is just blatant here...

@Cody Did you actually read my post?

cody

@ Colin,

i did. i was pointing out that if anything ever belonged in the 'looks like' column that you guys like to use, it's the subaru brz.

i am amazed that they didn't differentiate the sheet metal (or even the plastic front and rear ends) for these two vehicles. toyota at least did that when it produced the matrix/vibe twins.

Ken L.

This looks wayyy too similar to Subaru's. It was not a good collaboration when competing products turn out like this.

synchro.mesh

I expect any day the fine, fair, and balanced writers of kicking tires to pick at least one of these vehicles and apply the term badge engineered to it in every post. words such as "counterpart" just don't have the same negative connotations as badge engineered.

Ken L.

I think I figured it out now... Subaru will make the blue one for the boys and Toyota will make the red one for the girls.

George

The gearing of the automatic is too tall.
With only 2 liters of displacement, 2nd gear doesn't need to go over 60mph.

Julio

Picky whiny people aside, this is my next car. It's a beauty of a drifter!

Dan

The minor cosmetic changes over the Subaru are actually an improvement, however still leave it blandly styled with a crappy motor design.

Nice double fail, Toyotaru.

arni

..that 'sour' puckered look on the hood emblem is just tacky!!!..looks like it was attached with too much strength and dented the sheet metal!!..

Tony

I miss my 240sx. And this is the only thing that comes close to that.

jett1000

they could have tried to make it a little different from the BRZ, but I like how FRS sounds more than BRZ

FlanKitty

decontenting that isn't mentioned:

no heated seats
no partial leather seats
no leather (?) accents in front center console and door panel speaker surround
cheaper headlight asm (no led daytime running lights and what looks like bi-xeons)
no fog lights
front turn signal indicator housing is amber plastic vs mostly clear with amber colored bulb in the rest of world version (not referring to side lamp near wheel-well)

Brian Notorious

FR-S ( Freaking Retarded- Scion) go-cart a competition for the Hyundai Genesis? Are you for real? 200hp vs 2013 Genesis with 350hp for about the same price????? FR-S isn't a competition for the GENESIS!!!

Eric

The BRZ was built for driving enthusiast NOT people looking to run a particular 1/4 mile time, etc. The numbers a particular car produces at the test track does NOT dictate how much fun / rewarding it is to drive. If all you do is look at the spec sheet / test track #'s of a car you'll have NO IDEA how good / bad the car actually is. Instead of just looking at spec sheets you should read the actual REVIEW!

For example, the Nissan 370Z is much quicker / produces far better #'s than the Mazda MX-5 Miata but the MX-5 is still much more fun / rewarding to drive despite. So does this mean the MX-5 is still somehow "overpriced" starting at ~ 24k? You see it makes absolutely NO SENSE to dismiss a car based on its HP/ test track #'s. The BRZ will likely turn out to be one of the best drivers cars of all time despite its very low 26-28K price tag. So to complain that the BRZ is somehow a rip off in any way, shape or form defies logic.

Okay so the Mustang produces better #'s across the board. And? WTF does that matter if the BRZ is still much more enjoyable to drive? People need to stop being so damn obsessed with the #'s as they don't really mean anything unless you happen to be racing your daily drivers for a living. I’d take a much slower but much more fun car to drive over one that is simply quicker EVERY TIME. Read the damn reviews the #’s don’t matter unless you’re trying to make up for something else.

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