2010 New York: Sexy FR-S sports coupe attempts to reinvigorate moribund Scion
NEW YORK – Since it arrived as the Toyota FT-86 Concept at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, there’s been speculation which brand it would be sold as first in North America. Wonder no more. Here in New York, Toyota’s so-called youth brand, Scion, busted out a thinly-disguised concept of the FT-86, now called the Scion FR-S.
In contrast to the rest of the Scion lineup—which focuses on small, practical, front-drive cars—the FR-S is a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with echoes of Maserati Gran Turismo styling. And don’t forget that Subaru was involved in the development, supplying the coupe’s 2.0-litre flat-four engine and selling their version as well.
I'm not sure if I’ll get to drive the FR-S this year. But whatever the badge, I pegged the Toyota/Subaru/Scion coupe as one of my 10 Most Anticipated Test-drives of 2011. And with Scion focusing on launching its IQ city car this year, don’t expect the FR-S to go on sale until early 2012.
For how much? Scion isn't saying yet. But in regards to pricing, Hyundai sells its 2+2 rear-wheel-drive 210 hp Genesis Coupe 2.0T for under -$25k...