(from Scion Press
Release) Scion Introduces FR-S Sports Coupe Concept at 2011
New York Auto Show
• Rear-wheel drive
concept makes world debut
• Design focus of Pure Balance
• Boxer engine utilizes Toyota’s D4-S direct and port injection
April 20, 2011 - New
York - Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe
today at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept,
which sets out to stimulate the souls of true driving enthusiasts,
will be at the Scion display through May 1. The FR-S Concept will
inspire a new model coming to the Scion brand next year.
The FR-S Concept, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive,
Sport; is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports
car with compelling style, exceptionally balanced performance and
handling, flexible utility and surprising MPG.
“Scion is always experimenting with new things,” said Jack Hollis,
Scion vice president. “The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized
by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will expand the
brand into yet another new dimension that I know it is truly
The FR-S is a true “scion,” born into a lengthy history of Toyota
performance cars and motorsports. The sports coupe is most inspired
by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, better known as the
Hachi-Roku, meaning “8-6” in Japanese. The front-engine, rear-wheel
drive coupe was lightweight and well balanced, making it a solid
choice for driving enthusiasts.
Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is built around the core goal of
achieving “pure balance,” which begins with the strategic placement
of a flat 2.0-liter boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive
configuration. The engine’s compact size and shape allows the FR-S’
powertrain to be mounted lower and further back towards the rear,
giving the car a lower center of gravity and a dynamically favorable
front-to-rear weight ratio.
The FR-S’ naturally-aspirated engine is innovative, being the first
boxer to incorporate Toyota’s D4-S injection system, which utilizes
both direct and port injection, resulting in increased horsepower
and torque throughout the entire powerband, without sacrificing MPG.
The flat-four can mate with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed
automatic transmission. The manual offers quick and precise shifts
with a short-throw, while the automatic transmission features
aggressive, sporty shifts that are initiated by
steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is distributed
effectively via a limited-slip differential.
The idea of “pure balance” is further realized by the FR-S’
lightweight design and short wheelbase. The combination allows the
car to be quick and nimble into and out of any corner, with dynamic
maneuverability and confident stability.
“Akio Toyoda has mentioned that he is going to bring the
fun-to-drive spirit back to Toyota,” Hollis said. “I know that the
Scion FR-S Concept is one of the ways that he plans to accomplish
The fierce exterior of the FR-S is a good reflection of its inner
power. The intimidating proportions of the concept give it a
dominant stance that bleeds performance. The profile, inspired by
the Toyota 2000GT, reveals a hood-line that is remarkably sleek and
low, made possible by the boxer’s architecture.
The low stance continues to exaggerate the FR-S’ menacing face,
which is made up of sharp lines, a wide mouth and angular headlights
that include bright LED clusters.
The solid panel roofline is sleek, lightweight and rigid, slotted
with an aerodynamic shape that channels air cleanly over to the top.
The front fenders protrude upward, making space for the massive
monoblock Five Axis 20x8.5-inch wheels, while the muscular rear
fenders are widened to house the 20x10.5-inch wheels, emphasizing
the FR-S’ staggered stance and rear-wheel-drive setup.
The rear fascia sits low and wide, with extensive lower treatments
that surround the dual exhaust exits and contribute to excellent
aerodynamics. LEDs illuminate both the edgy taillights and the bold
The concept features four-piston-caliper front brakes that clamp
down on monstrous 18-inch annular carbon ceramic matrix rotors that
are fixed to the wheels in a motorcycle-fashion.
The FR-S Concept is layered in rich coats of Code Red, the
appropriately named color that consists of a custom blend of candy
and a developmental additive from BASF called Mearlite SSQ.