2013 Scion FR-S official details - caught on the road [videos]

The 2013 Scion FR-S was unveiled at a special event in Los Angeles last night and here are the first official pictures and details.

Now that Toyota and Subaru have had their share of the limelight, it is Scion's turn to reveal their version of the compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that has been developed in conjunction between the aforementioned car companies. The 2013 Scion FR-S was unveiled at a special event in Los Angeles last night and here are the first official pictures and details.

For a real world look of the FR-S on the road, check out the video above which was taken recently in Orange County, California.

As expected, there are few design differences between the Scion FR-S and it's Toyota brother, the GT 86. However Scion was good enough to treat us to the first photo of the Subaru developed engine. Even better is the animated GT 86 video below which shows an exploded view.

The engine in question is a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit that has been treated to Toyota's D-4S direct and port injection system. It results in a power output of 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque which is passed to the wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission system.

Inspired by Toyota's AE86 generation of the Corolla, the U.S. market Scion FR-S has been developed to achieve "pure balance". A front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 coupled with an extremely low center of gravity certainly helps, not to mention the tuned suspension system and 17 inch alloy wheels.

Inside the cabin, we find a 2+2 layout with folding down rear seats to create additional space in the rear luggage compartment.

Check out the press release below for further details.

Published Dec 1st, 2011 9:22am By Clinton Deacon
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2013 Scion FR-S Brings the SPORT Back to the CAR

  • Low center of gravity and lightweight design achieves a “Pure Balance”
  • Compact rear-wheel drive sports car makes world debut
  • World’s first boxer engine to utilize Toyota’s D4-S direct and port injection system
Scion tonight unveiled its 2013 FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car to a crowd of eager car enthusiasts. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family and will go on sale in the spring of 2012.

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

“Serving as a laboratory for Toyota, 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 no doubt serve as the halo car, expanding Scion into a new dimension of driving performance.”

The FR-S is a true “scion,” born into a lengthy history of Toyota performance cars and motorsports. The sports car 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 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.

“We all know that it’s not hard to make horsepower and torque, but it is hard to do all that and still achieve impressive fuel economy,” Hollis said. “The FR-S accomplishes all three.”

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

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. 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’s interior features a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind. The front seats are mounted extremely low and are comfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. The large center-mounted tachometer is the focus of the three-gauge cluster, keeping the driver informed of the engine’s vitals. Speed is monitored by both digital and analog gauges. 
Scion FR-S Preliminary Specifications
166.7 in.
69.9 in.
51.2 in. (not including antenna base)
101.2 in.
59.8 in.
60.6 in.
Seating capacity
Total displacement
1,998 cc
Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, D-4S injection, DOHC
Bore × stroke
86 × 86 mm.
Maximum output
200hp @ 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque
151 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm
6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Rear-wheel drive
MacPherson struts
Double wishbone
Ventilated Disc
Ventilated Disc
Fuel tank
13.2 gallons
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fujiturbo fujiturbo
I don't understand why the BRZ had to had such bland bonnet!!
Dec 3rd, 2011 11:25pm
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JustinWong JustinWong
Can I have 1 with stick shift and Toyota badge?
Dec 2nd, 2011 10:50am
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carfreak100 carfreak100
The gear selector for the automatic caught me off guard. At first glance it really does look like a stickshift. I'll still take the real thing though.
Dec 2nd, 2011 5:36am
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HachiRoku HachiRoku
HachiRoku Go go!
Dec 2nd, 2011 2:12am
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Tiptop Tiptop
It's getting frightening how many people are filming and driving in these types of videos. Concentration on the task at hand (ie driving) is compromised- at best. This driver is seen to accelerate past the other cars while concentrating solely on filming an already over-exposed vehicle. I am dreading the day I see a video posted of a driver filming his own crash as a result of this type of action. It is just a matter of when, not if.
Dec 2nd, 2011 1:14am
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NYyanks NYyanks
all 3 of these cars are equally great
Dec 1st, 2011 9:22pm
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rcw rcw
Wow! Toyota/Subaru need(ed/s) this car bad! Actually seems exciting, and looks much better in the video and in motion than just the stills. I think I might have to figure out a way to get one of these :-)
Dec 1st, 2011 9:14pm
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
Dec 1st, 2011 7:10pm
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I like this car but I keep wondering how it really looks if it is the same length as a Golf. I won't know till I see it in real form.
Dec 1st, 2011 2:01pm
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
OMG!! It's a Toyota rip-off! /sarcasm
Dec 1st, 2011 9:58am
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motorfan28 motorfan28
GT86, BRZ & F-RS...no diff...at the end of the day we all know what the power fiures are as it has been bashed into our heads repeatedly with all the "press release info"...Just give us some performance figures to read now please as that is what we are all waiting to find out. Not the same story with a different badge name
Dec 1st, 2011 9:27am
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