Looks like toyota is making scion the designated "sport-orienented" component of the brand while maintaining its eco-friendly theme through toyota. this car is practically the FT-86. despite the weak specs (2.0l 4-cyl), it is offered in a 6 speed manual! more importantly though is that the aesthetics and lines are on point as they kept it small bodied. i dont like the direction acura and honda are going making these big bodied cars, hopefully they can follow suite and release the sequel to the s2k and rsx to compete with the FR-S. what do you guys think, possible av6 replacement?
Another auto show, another version of Toyota and Subaru's joint partnership rear-wheel-drive sports car. We saw Toyota's FT-86 II concept in Geneva earlier this year, along with the chassis for Subaru's version of the car. Now here in New York, Scion has taken the wraps off of its FR-S, a sexy little number that rides on this same platform.
FR-S, which stands for "front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sport," (or "friggin' really sweet," according to Jack Hollis, Scion's vice president) is the automaker's homage to the infamous AE-86 Corolla – a car that was highly praised for its lightweight body and superb balance without having to churn out a ton of power. Under the hood is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The FT-S rides on sharp 20-inch wheels, hiding an absolutely monstrous set of 18-inch carbon ceramic brake rotors that are fixed to the wheels like a motorcycle. Don't count on those making production...
Hollis says that the FR-S' design is inspired by the legendary Toyota 2000GT, and we can even see a bit of Lexus LF-A in the angular shapes that blend with sleek curves. This is one hot concept, and we're told that it previews a new addition to the Scion family coming in 2012. (Yeah, we know.)
Enough with the drooling. Just give us the production car.
See the sexy FR-S for yourself in our high-res image gallery below, and hit the jump for Scion's official press release.