That's why the FR-S lives and Scion is dead.
Like its corporate twin, the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S is the type of car we want to see more of, a relatively bare-bones and back-to-basics sports coupe. It’s not perfect, a fact we point out in today’s review, but the FR-S was the right car for the wrong brand. For 2017 it’ll become known as the Toyota 86 because Scion, as we all know by now, is permanently checking out. With its 2.0-liter boxer four producing 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, our tester came equipped with (oy vey) the optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Yeah, we know. Real enthusiasts would go for (and pay less) for the standard six-speed manual, which is an absolute joy to use in this car. The FR-S, bottom line, was simply too good for Toyota’s so-called youth brand and we’re thrilled to see it life’s continue with a new name.
What didn’t we like about the FR-S? Not much, in all honesty. With such a cheap base price, around $26,000, some cost cutting measures had to be taken, like some lackluster interior materials. No biggie. We don’t like being too nitpicky on a car that’s just so damn good to drive. Special thanks to Toyota Marin for letting us film the car.