Toyota created the Scion division in 2002 to attract younger buyers, and now, a decade later, launched the best car in its history, the new Scion FR-s 2013, which actually is a model made by Subaru, the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industries Group.
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Regardless of its origin, the result is that lovers of compact rear-wheel drive sports cars, now have two options to choose from, with the difference that the Scion FR-S, has a slightly more accessible than the Subaru price.
Both the Scion FR-S, which is sold in Japan as the Toyota 86 and other parts of the world simply as the Toyota 86-, like the Subaru BRZ, get their power from the engine and four-cylinder boxer 2.0-liter that generates 200 horsepower force, mounted on a new platform and lightweight body, making it a highly streamlined sports, thanks to the combined engineering of the two giants of the automotive industry in Japan.
All Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are manufactured at the plant in Gunma Ota-city, Japan, in what is the first collaboration between Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the parent company of Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC).
The project required the restructuring of the Subaru Gunma plant to increase its production capacity, since there also manufactures the new Subaru Impreza.
Although the soul of the two models is the same, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ differ in cosmetic aspects of the bodywork both front and rear, and inside, by small details in the case BRZ has the luxury level.
Balance and eficiancia
The Scion FR-S, F, which stands for F, for Front-engine (front engine) and R, by Rear-wheel drive (RWD), accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and although this figure seems not to be so impressive, the reality is that this car was not manufactured for racing boot, but for enjoyment in the corners, thanks to the large balance of the central engine and suspension tuning and direction that give management accurate, even at high speed.
The bóxer the Scion FR-S engine can be mated to a manual transmission or an automatic six changes also six changes to the Dynamic Rev Management technology, with paddles behind the steering wheel.
With its 200 horsepower plane engine mounted at the lowest point of the center of gravity that generates 151 pounds of torque per linear foot, the FR-S has gas mileage up to 34 miles per gallon of gasoline with automatic transmission and 30 with manual, according to new EPA labels.
The FR-S has a long list of accessories and standard equipment to ensure their sports performance, as a MacPherson suspension on the front and dual connection on the rear axle a limitato Torsen® differential on the rear axle and 17-inch wheels aluminum alloy with disc brakes on all four wheels.
Inside, the seating configuration 2 + 2 offers the driver and passenger an experience that combines comfort with practicality and the rear seats can be folded down to expose a generous cargo area, taking into account that this is a distinctly sporty car. Those two rear seats are not as practical to carry passengers.
The front panel has the point of focus center tachometer, flanked by the rest of the instruments and includes a programmable indicator lighting changes.
The sports steering wheel of the Scion FR-S is lining leather and has telescopic adjustment system and high.
In addition, factory equipment includes an audio system Pioneer ™ eight speakers and 300 watts of power with AM / FM radio, CD player and USB connection ports, in addition to technology HD Radio ™ and Bluetooth® connectivity for calls from phone cellular hands.
Safety equipment includes brakes with Anti Block System (ABS) and Power Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Track Control, six airbags and monitor tire pressure
I buy it?
The Scion FR-S 2013, the fifth model of the youth division of Toyota, went on sale with a starting price of $ 24.200, in one version of general equipment with manual transmission, but there is the option of automatic transmission of six changes , so the price goes up to $ 25.300.
The base price (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price MSRP), does not include the charge distribution and delivery of $ 785, bringing the model we tested had a final price of $ 24.985.
Like the other four Scion models, the FR-S is covered by a limited warranty of three years or 36 miles and limited warranty of five years or 60,000 miles for the engine and maintenance service train for two years or 25.000 miles and 24/7 roadside assistance, also for two years.
Meanwhile, Subaru BRZ offers two versions of general equipment: the Premium navigation equipment, for $ 26.265 with a manual transmission and $ 27.365 with automatic six changes.
Then there is the Limited, with leather seats, air conditioning system with control of two areas, navigation system (GPS) with voice commands and manual transmission for $ 28.265 and $ 29.365 for the automatic.
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