What is it? Scion's fifth model is the new FR-S sports car.
Jointly developed with Subaru, the rear-drive coupe will be Toyota’s first sports car since the MR2 Spyder and Celica were retired last decade. Toyota states that the coupe will be called “GT 86” overseas as homage to its inspiration, a mid-80s version of the Corolla that had rear-wheel drive and a high-revving 16-valve engine.
The 2+2 coupe features a Subaru-supplied, normally aspirated, aluminum 2.0-liter flat-four, mounted low and behind the front axle contributing to the car’s center of gravity. Using Toyota fuel-injection system, the engine produces 200 horsepower. It is teamed with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The high-revving power is routed through a limited-slip differential, and the stability control system has driver-selectable modes to enable enthusiastic driving with reduced intervention.
Further details for the American-market Scion will likely be announced at an upcoming auto show.
When will it be available? Summer 2012.