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Scion FR-S Sports Coupe Concept revealed in New York [video]

Goes into production sometime next year

Scion has officially pulled the wraps off the FR-S concept in New York.

Essentially a rebadged Subaru / Toyota FT-86, the FR-S has sporty styling that is highlighted by bulging fenders, an aggressive rear diffuser and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Scion is staying mum on specifics, but power is provided by a 2.0-liter boxer engine that can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The production model will be launched sometime next year, so stay tuned for more information.

Source: Scion

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

  • Rear-wheel drive concept makes world debut
  • Design focus of Pure Balance
  • Boxer engine utilizes Toyota's D4-S direct and port injection system

April 20, 2011 - New York - Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe today at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets out to stimulate the souls of true driving enthusiasts, will be at the Scion display through May 1. The FR-S Concept will inspire a new model coming to the Scion brand next year.

The FR-S Concept, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion's definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with compelling style, exceptionally balanced performance and handling, flexible utility and surprising MPG.

"Scion is always experimenting with new things," said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. "The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will expand the brand into yet another new dimension that I know it is truly destined for."

The FR-S is a true "scion," born into a lengthy history of Toyota performance cars and motorsports. The sports coupe is most inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, better known as the Hachi-Roku, meaning "8-6" in Japanese. The front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe was lightweight and well balanced, making it a solid choice for driving enthusiasts.

Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is built around the core goal of achieving "pure balance," which begins with the strategic placement of a flat 2.0-liter boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine's compact size and shape allows the FR-S' powertrain to be mounted lower and further back towards the rear, giving the car a lower center of gravity and a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio.

The FR-S' naturally-aspirated engine is innovative, being the first boxer to incorporate Toyota's D4-S injection system, which utilizes both direct and port injection, resulting in increased horsepower and torque throughout the entire powerband, without sacrificing MPG.

The flat-four can mate with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick and precise shifts with a short-throw, while the automatic transmission features aggressive, sporty shifts that are initiated by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is distributed effectively via a limited-slip differential.

The idea of "pure balance" is further realized by the FR-S' lightweight design and short wheelbase. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of any corner, with dynamic maneuverability and confident stability.

"Akio Toyoda has mentioned that he is going to bring the fun-to-drive spirit back to Toyota," Hollis said. "I know that the Scion FR-S Concept is one of the ways that he plans to accomplish that."

The fierce exterior of the FR-S is a good reflection of its inner power. The intimidating proportions of the concept give it a dominant stance that bleeds performance. The profile, inspired by the Toyota 2000GT, reveals a hood-line that is remarkably sleek and low, made possible by the boxer's architecture.

The low stance continues to exaggerate the FR-S' menacing face, which is made up of sharp lines, a wide mouth and angular headlights that include bright LED clusters.

The solid panel roofline is sleek, lightweight and rigid, slotted with an aerodynamic shape that channels air cleanly over to the top.

The front fenders protrude upward, making space for the massive monoblock Five Axis 20x8.5-inch wheels, while the muscular rear fenders are widened to house the 20x10.5-inch wheels, emphasizing the FR-S' staggered stance and rear-wheel-drive setup.

The rear fascia sits low and wide, with extensive lower treatments that surround the dual exhaust exits and contribute to excellent aerodynamics. LEDs illuminate both the edgy taillights and the bold "SCION" logo.

The concept features four-piston-caliper front brakes that clamp down on monstrous 18-inch annular carbon ceramic matrix rotors that are fixed to the wheels in a motorcycle-fashion.

The FR-S Concept is layered in rich coats of Code Red, the appropriately named color that consists of a custom blend of candy and a developmental additive from BASF called Mearlite SSQ.

Concept Dimensions
Length - 168.2
Width - 71.5
Height - 47.4
Front Track - 61.8
Rear Track - 59.9
Wheelbase - 101.2

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Too bad it won't be sold in the USA as a Toyota. It would have been the perfect model to revive a very famous Toyota model name: Celica.
Apr 20, 2011 9:32 pm
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Dolomight 74-86
For that to happen its missing the twin scroll turbo and another 2 extra wheels driven.
Apr 21, 2011 12:38 am
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peterjamesbenson
remember you can swap badges because is gonna be similar to the toyota
Nov 27, 2011 12:35 pm
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amare32
Why the door handles are so low?
Apr 20, 2011 9:12 pm
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RobERob
I guess it's unanimous then! This reception reminds me of when the PT Cruiser first came out. Everyone wanted one then; can't say the same now. Great design, but still, I don't think I'd really want to make such a bold statement in what will probably be an under 20k car. Hence, the aforementioned.
Apr 20, 2011 8:49 pm
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joelynn
Beautiful, hurry up and build it already!!
Apr 20, 2011 5:20 pm
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kryst_PL
I want one and I want it bad. If it costs reasonable, I'll buy one. Well... the Toyota at least, Scions are not present in Europe :(
Apr 20, 2011 4:05 pm
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dmanero
This looks amazing, but where in the world are the exhaust pipes, unless this is just a clay model that they rolled out to the floor?
Apr 20, 2011 3:46 pm
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chris25
They are at the rear end corners, can't see them since the colour is too dark. Great looking car but lots of ideas from Granturismo & Rx8.
Apr 20, 2011 5:41 pm
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dmanero
@Chris - I dont think so, cause if you look at the shots that are head on you still do not see them.
Apr 20, 2011 9:37 pm
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chris25
http://www.autoblog.com/photos/scion-fr-s-concept-new-york-2011/full/#4074111 check this one as far I can see.
Apr 21, 2011 12:11 pm
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YuZi
Tone it down just a little bit, and youve got one of the most beautiful cars ever made Toyota!
Apr 20, 2011 3:46 pm
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N20_Purge
Toyota's model of their RWD sports car looks good and so does Scion's. I haven't got a good feeling about Subaru's version after seeing the new Impreza.
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