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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
"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."
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
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.
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
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.
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