The Thrill is On -- The Scion FR-S Concept bleeds performance, so it's only appropriate that it's coated in Code Red. Five Axis contributed to the concept's ferocious factor.
Attention auto-crossers and canyon carvers: It's almost time to start your engines. The Scion FR-S Concept was unveiled at the New York Auto Show today (April 20), and it embodies the thrill of racing. In fact, the car's profile was inspired by the 2000GT; it's low to the ground with a long, sleek hood. Fierce headlights glare from the aggressive bumper, and 20-inch wheels grip the road. The menacing exterior reflects the inner power of the FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive Sport. The concept features a flat 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine mounted lower and farther back, giving the vehicle a lower center of gravity and a favorable front-to-rear weight ratio. The engine features Toyota's D4-S injection system, which increases horsepower and torque. Drivers can choose either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its lightweight design and short wheel base, the car corners quickly and nimbly.
Rear-Wheel Drive Comes Alive – Rakish taillights slash the trapezoidal rear of the FR-S Concept, which features 20-inch wheels
While the FR-S is only a concept, Scion envisions pairing performance with practicality when the real deal goes on sale in 2012. That could mean 2+2 seating and surprisingly good mpg. The sports coupe should help fulfill Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda's pledge to develop cars that are fun to drive. Not only is the FR-S an heir of the 2000GT, it's also inspired by the AE86 Corolla. The AE86 didn't rely on brute power, but instead, a combination of a lightweight design, power and balance. During the 1980s, the car made its way into almost every genre of racing – from the circuit to mountain roads – and it's still a popular drift car today. Like its predecessors, the Scion FR-S Concept is for people who regard driving as a passion rather than a necessity.