The FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; will compete with the Mazda MX-5 and the upcoming Subaru BRZ which was developed jointly with the FR-S.
Configured as a 2+2 coupe, the Scion FR-S is powered by a new 2.0-liter, boxer-style four-cylinder engine which was also developed jointly with Subaru. The engine partnership combined Subaru’s newly developed horizontally opposed engine and Toyota’s cutting edge D-4S injection system that incorporates both direct and port injection. The D-4S system, partnered with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio to produce 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
The flat four engine mates with either a six-speed manual or the optional ($1,100) six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts with a short-throw; while the automatic transmission features aggressive up shifts and sporty rev-matched down shifts that are initiated by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential.
The coupe’s weight was minimized by using an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and by featuring a trunk design instead of a hatchback. A dynamically tuned suspension setup uses MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone system in the rear. Lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and ventilated disc brakes are on all four corners.