The Scion FR-S is the first car that comes to the minds of most young chaps looking for a sports car experience at an affordable price. However, compared to real sports cars, the FR-S disappoints in its power output but what it lacks under the hood it complements in good looks.
Toyota sells the FR-S exclusively in North America. In other markets, the vehicle is sold as Toyota GT 86 while Subaru also sells an identical model with the Subaru BRZ nametag. There were plans to introduce a convertible and sedan variants of the model in North America but the coupe’s lackluster sales have forced the automaker to rule out additional variants.
The 2017 Scion FR-S will receive mid-cycle updates to make it more modern. There are rumors of a turbocharged engine which the automaker is yet to confirm or deny.
2017 Scion FR-S Exterior
The FR-S’s selling point is its exterior profile styling; the car has a look that never fails to turn heads on the streets. The vehicle features a 2-door and 2+2 seating design which is complemented by a sporty look resulting in one of the most striking profiles in the market.
Its tail and nose have been hooked up with better aerodynamics. The new model’s exterior has received some tweaks and looks better than the model it is replacing. Dimension-wise, the new car is slightly bigger spanning 187 inches long, 70 inches wide and 55 inches tall. The wheelbase is also slightly longer. This profile is inspired by the Cross athletics Design Concept from Subaru.
At the front, the vehicle features an open-mouth lower air intakes, a redesigned grille flanked by sharper headlights and redesigned fog lights. On the sides, the look is similar to the outgoing model. At the back, the vehicle comes unchanged except for the taillights which get new internals.
Overall, the body is constructed using carbon-fiber and aluminum translating to a reduced curb weight and better fuel economy as well as its handling. The vehicle will ride on large wheels wrapped in performance enhanced tires.
2017 Scion FR-S Interior
To complement its sporty looks, the interior also offers a sporty and to some extent a luxurious feeling. As revealed above, the interior will accommodate four passengers in a 2+2 seating arrangement.
While the front passengers have sufficient leg space, the back is suitable for kids and short adults as the space is a bit constrained though it is has been slightly enlarged compared to the predecessor model. The cabin comes with a modified dashboard mounted with a 7-inch touch screen. Being a car targeted to young motorists, it comes with an innovative audio system. Other features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports and Smartphone integration.
Its steering wheel bezel as well as door grips, shifter and the sides of the center console feature a bright silver accent. The cabin will also be offered in two additional colors which are Oceanic Blue and Ablaze (a red color) which add a fresh look to the cabin. The car will also be equipped with various safety features like stability and traction control, ABS, and enhanced airbags (side, front and full-length side curtain airbags) and a package of driving aids.
Engine Specs and Performance
As of now, we understand the 2017 Scion FR-S will feature a single drive-train. This will be the same engine powering the outgoing model. This engine is a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder banger which pumps 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque which is pretty disappointing for a vehicle claiming to be a sports car.
But again, output is not the FR-S’s best dancing shoe. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The car will dash from 0-60 mph in around 6.5 seconds. Details on its fuel economy are not yet out but due to its reduced curb weight and modifications on the engine, the automaker estimates that the vehicle will deliver an improved fuel economy.
Price and release date
As of now, the automaker has not released any official prices of the 2017 Scion FR-S. However, considering the new upgrades, the FR-S slightly cost more than the outgoing model. Models with a 6-speed manual transmission will start at around MSRP $ 25,000 while models with an automatic system will have a starting price of around $ 26,000.
The vehicle will first appear at a major Auto Show this year before going on sale probably in the second half of the year or early 2017.