Posts Tagged ‘Future Scion Models’
April 30th, 2012
Scion hopes to sell 20,000 examples of its exhilarating new 2013 FR-S sport coupe per year, company Vice President Jack Hollis tells Wards Auto. More than 1,200 customers have already plunked down a cash deposit to pre-order. The FR-S will go on sale within the next month or so (“Spring 2012″ is still the official word), with Scion expecting to reach 10,000 units sold for calendar-year 2012.
Past Scion performance would suggest this target is a bit optimistic, as Scion only sold around 49,000 of its xB, xD and tC combined in 2011. However, the FR-S is far and away the most-exciting vehicle the brand has ever offered, and with its release just weeks away the buzz is reaching a fever pitch.
Pricing starts at $24,200 for the 6-speed manual and $25,300 for the 6-speed automatic (plus $730 destination). Scion’s strict adherence to its no-haggle “Pure Pricing” mantra means you will not see pricing gouging above MSRP. Don’t expect to pay a red cent less, either.
April 25th, 2012
Scion will kill off its box-on-wheels xB and subcompact hatchback xD after their current generation, company Vice President Jack Hollis told Ward’s Auto (subscription required). The youth-focused Toyota division’s original philosophy was to offer each model for just one generation, then move on to something all-new.
The xB came to define the brand in its early stages, spawning a whole new segment of copycat models like the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul. The xD subcompact replaced the xA for 2008, but sales never quite met expectations.
Scion confirms a replacement of sorts for each, though the cars will not share the current naming structure and will be all-new in their character. Expect two new Scions for 2014, likely based on other global Toyota Motor Corp. models.
March 26th, 2012
The long-awaited 2013 Scion FR-S has an official price tag: right in line with what we’ve guessed, the 6-speed manual version will start at $24,200. With the optional 6-speed automatic transmission, the FR-S will run $25,300. Destination charges will add $730 to the price. Pricing is $50 less than the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which is the FR-S and its clone the Subaru BRZ’s closest competitor.
Rear-wheel Drive Sport Coupes (prices exclude destination)
2013 Scion FR-S: $24,200
2013 Subaru BRZ: Est. $24,200
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T: $24,250
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata: $23,470
2013 Ford Mustang V6: $22,200
2012 Chevrolet Camaro V6: $23,280
For that relatively reasonable chunk of coin you’ll get a sublimely handling sport coupe that is beautiful in its simplicity, rewarding good driving technique and already earning praise like “the best Toyota in 20 years.” Scion is still listing Spring 2012 as the car’s release date, but we expect it to hit dealerships right around the end of April.
FR-S pricing will include 2 years or 25,000 miles of Scion Service Boost free scheduled maintenance and 2 years of roadside assistance.
2013 Scion FR-S Quick Specs
Engine: DOHC direct injection 2.0-liter Boxer flat four-cylinder (Subaru-built)
Output: 200 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft. of torque @ 6,600 rpm (Redline 7,400 rpm)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive, 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, standard limited-slip differential
Dimensions: 166.7 inches long, 69.9 inches wide, 51.2 inches tall, 101.2-inch wheelbase
Curb Weight: Approx. 2,700 lbs.
Seating: 4 passengers
Fuel Economy: 22 city/30 highway mpg (6MT), 25 city/34 highway mpg (Automatic)
Base Price: $24,200
Release Date: April or May 2012
March 22nd, 2012
The Scion FR-S is set to hit dealerships very, very soon. The internets have been ablaze for years with excitement over this car, and with test drive reports singing high praises, Toyota and Subaru’s new rear-wheel drive sport coupe has hardcore driving enthusiasts truly excited.
This is not lost on the aftermarket industry. Scores of aftermarket companies are hard at work on performance parts for the Japanese Toyota 86, which is the FR-S’s twin. Toyota recently hosted hand-picked aftermarket tuners for an FR-S measuring session.
Release date is still listed as Spring 2012, with the car most likely reaching dealerships by the end of next month. BRZ and Toyota 86 production has already commenced at the Subaru Gunma Factory in Japan.
Tuning the FR-S is commercially viable, as nearly all parts will be compatible with the Subaru BRZ as well. Greddy has built both a 600+ horsepower drift car and street version of the FR-S, demoing upcoming parts.
As for pricing, the FR-S has been widely reported to cost around $24,000. Motor Trend reports a source at Subaru puts the mechanical-twin BRZ at very close to $24,000 so we believe this figure to be accurate.
January 24th, 2012
The hot upcoming Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are advertised at an even 200 horsepower at the crank, and now thanks to tuning house HKS we know that figure is pretty darn accurate. A dyno run showed 170 horses at the rear wheels, for a modest driveline loss of 15%. This is right in line with expectations for a rear-wheel drive car at this power output level.
200 horses isn’t a lot, but the FR-S weighs right around 2,700 lbs. or 500-700 lbs. lighter than typical rear-wheel drive sport coupes. Performance testing shows a capable corner carver that is more about fun on mountain roads than stoplight drags. Of course, the aftermarket will surely be perfectly glad to bump up the performance for those requiring a little more oomph.
Scion and Subaru’s versions will both go on sale this spring, priced from around $25,000.