This past week at the 2011 New York Auto Show Scion debuted their next sports coupe intended for the U.S. market. The Scion FR-S is being developed in conjunction with Subaru and is slated to rollout for sale in mid 2012. Think of this as a body by Toyota, Engine by Subaru deal with the celebrated boxer engine nestling under the hood. Even the price sounds as if it will be as attractive as the exterior of the FR-S.
If the FR-S seems familiar that is because it is the latest iteration of the FT-86 sports concept that we have seen throughout last year. So what is different? There isn’t a lot of detail at this point, which will add to the need for more information by sports car enthusiasts. What we do know is that the boxer engine will be a 2.0-liter with an undisclosed amount of power mated to a six-speed transmission (manual or automatic at this point). The engine will be equipped with Toyota direct-injection technology. We also know via Wired that the color seen on the concept car is called Code Red and is a custom blend of “candy and a developmental additive from BASF called Mearlite SSQ.”
2011 Scion FR-S Concept
Bottom line—the FR-S is the most aggressive Scion we have seen to date. We mentioned an attractive price earlier; according to Toyota the FR-S will be priced above the current tC and below $30K. If the power is in the same range of something like a WRX, this could be a strong competitor to the likes of the Mazdaspeed3.
[Source: Car and Driver and Wired]