Toyota’s New Compact Coupe Scion FR-S to Get Marketed in US
A small compact sporty coupe by Toyota, the Scion FR-S will be marketed in the U.S. very soon. The initials stand for “front engine, rear-wheel drive, sport.“ and is expected to be preferred by drivers who love speed, and a good driving dynamics. With a base price of $24,930, the Scion FR-S is lightweight and small, and cannot be included in any existing vehicle class. While its closest companions are the likes of the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, those fall under a heavier, more muscular vehicle class.
This coupe has a lower center of gravity than a Porsche Cayman, and sits four inches lower than a Nissan 370Z. FR-S chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, says it is more controllable than the supposedly perfect 50-50 split, as the front-rear weight distribution is 53-47. The front and rear disc brakes on the Scion FR-S come ventilated, and in an effort to reduce the weight, Toyota decided to go with extensive use of high-tensile sheet steel. Surprisingly though, the FR-S has the same tires as the Toyota Prius. It helps the car to drift better through corners, for drivers who go for extreme behavior.
“There were no pure performance models within the price range of most people.” That’s why I decided to create a responsive, driver-focused sports car for the everyday person,” announced Tada.
All said and done, we expect a completely different driving experience from this small coupe from the Toyota stable.