#2- Scion FR-S
Toyota was really going after our gear-head hearts for this one and went out on the proverbial limb. When Toyota first introduced the Scion FR-S, they bolded proclaimed “We’re bringing the SPORT back to the CAR.” And for all intents and purposes, they did.
With history that stretches back to the 1983 Toyota Corolla AE86, those in the market for something RWD, light, and sporty had high expectations.
Originally priced at $24,200, the FR-S was just about the same price as its closest competitor, the Mazda MX-5 Miata at $23,720.
Powering the FR-S was a joint venture engine between Subaru and Toyota in the 4U0GSE/ FA 20 Boxer engine. Power was adequate at 200 HP and 151 lb-ft. A six-speed manual was standard with a 6-speed automatic as optional. At just 2,758 pounds, the FR-S had a decent power to weight ratio although some critics still agree that the FR-S needs more power.
In Japan, the FR-S was sold as the GT-86 and Subaru called their’s the BRZ.
Did you know…
- What does the Prius and FR-S share? Tires. The Michelin Primacy HP tires are the same Prius optional Plus Performance Package tires. Although they’re not as sticky as some base-spec tires, they do allow owners to “slide the rear out” more easily. In other words, the Prius was given bargain tires so you could drift.
- FR-S stands for Front-engine, Rear-Wheel drive, Sport.
- The design of the FR-S is based off the 2000 GT
- The FR-S has a lower center of gravity than a Mitsubishi Evo, Subaru STI and even a Nissan GT-R.
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