Scion, a joint project between Toyota and Subaru, continues to make innovative designs that appeal to motoring purists as well as newcomers to the world of performance driving. The Scion FR-S is a fantastic example of amazing feats of engineering on paper that can hold their own when tested on the road.
The FR-S is geared toward a market that is interested in advanced engineering and beautiful styling. It boasts the following specifications:
- 2.0 Liter engine
- 200 horsepower
- 151 FT-LB Torque
- Either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
- Ventilated disk brakes for both the front and rear wheels
- Rear wheel drive
Power on the Road
The trouble many sports cars face is being able to show that thier engineering and engine power can perform. Often, a manufacturer will proudly proclaim that their car can produce a specific amount of horsepower, but it may only at the limit of the rev range. This can make it difficult to utilize the power and allow it to effectively propel the car. The FR-S has a beautifully balanced engine system that has quick acceleration, with the bulk of the power being generated at a manageable 7,000 RPM.
Comfort and Economy
Having a high performance vehicle is fantastic for the times when you can open up the taps and enjoy a beautiful drive, but most people must also use their car on a daily basis. This means that a car should be comfortable to drive and have acceptable fuel economy. The Scion FR-S has a luscious interior; it is a comfortable place to spend an afternoon’s drive, or to sit in during rush hour traffic.
The creature comforts include air conditioning, power windows, leather trim accents, racing style aluminum scuff plates, and red stitching details on the upholstery. All of this plus the powerful stereo system and auxiliary jack will make driving in even the slowest traffic conditions less of an ordeal.
Paying Less as the Fuel Pumps
The FR-S has very good fuel economy when compared to other performance cars of the same caliber. Choosing the automatic transmission will mean slightly more efficient fuel consumption, but the manual transmission is still economical. City MPG is estimated at 22 for the MT (manual transmission) and 25 for the AT (automatic transmission). Highway MPG is 30 for the MT and 34 for the AT, and combined driving is 25 for the MT and 28 for the AT.
When compared to the other models Scion manufactures, the FR-S is sleekly designed. The curves and low profile of this car are similar to those of much more expensive Italian supercars, with an added dash of American Muscle.
Along with all the attention grabbing accessories and performance equipment, the Scion FR-S has numerous safety features that are less flashy but just as, if not more, important to a great driving experience. Both the vehicle stability control and traction control can help keep the car from slipping in hazardous conditions. The Electronic Brake Force Redistributor and the anti-lock braking system prevents the front and the rear brakes from seizing and locking the car into an uncontrollable skid. Scion has also added a special electronic brake assist to detect when a person is “panic” braking. This assist device applies the full force of the brakes safely, without locking the wheels.
Value for Money Spent
All of these features come standard on the base model of the FR-S. It is a car that lives up to its hype, and is a great deal as far as performance for money. You can check out your local Scion dealer and get a quote and financing options for this quality-made, affordable performance vehicle. With the help of sophisticated technology and superior craftsmanship, you could soon be enjoying the open road and the pure driving experience.
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