Initial Impressions Review: 2013 Scion FR-S

 

For the first time ever we’re going to start offering you our initial impressions of a car we have in the RawAutos garage: And up this week, the 2013 Scion FR-S, supposedly the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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The Toyobaru, aka Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, is one of the greatest cars of any time. With just 200 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque at 6600 rpm coming from a Subaru made 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four, it definitely doesn’t throw you into the seat when you punch it. However, get to a corner, and laugh at everyone having trouble keeping up.

That’s really where the FR-S shines: its chassis and suspension. In my first day with the Scion it’s already showing off. In fact, it could be the most fun I’ll have ever had in a car, but I need to give it a few more days to bang that possibility home. For the lack of power, the Scion FR-S makes up for that in adding lightness. At just 2,806 lbs with an automatic gearbox, and 2,758 lbs with the manual, it is quite a svelte little machine.

For now, understand this. I’ve gotten the Scion FR-S sideways a few times without much prodding. Why? Because it’s fun and easy; for a semi-experienced driver. The Scion FR-S is kind of a modern day E30 M3. Even though it’s not setting any lap records, or showing off its straight line abilities, it is laughing at everyone understeering and losing their lunch around the twisty bits. Throw the FR-S into a corner, and enjoy the outcome:  rear-end fun. It’s kind of like being at a club. The best part of the dancing is the rear… Kinda dumb, I know, but sorta makes sense. And you feel all of that in the wheel, too.

Sadly the FR-S we’re testing has the optional 6-speed autotragic gearbox, which is surprisingly spirited in its abilities. It can detect when you’d like to downshift going into corners, and the paddles do serve a proper purpose. More so, the transmission is decently quick for such a cheap car. I’ve personally put it in manual mode and just go between third and fourth gears when playing around in the corners.

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Anyway, if you haven’t driven the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ then you’re missing out. If you have and have the available funds to purchase one but haven’t yet, well then you need help. If you don’t have the available monies but have driven one, then damnit, man, go out and get another job.

Our test model comes in right at $26,085, including the $785 handling fee. What do you get for that amount of money? Uh… Bluetooth audio streaming, an iPod and MP3 jack… oh, and no satellite radio. The Bluetooth audio streams perfectly with album, artist and track information, as well as the ability to change the song from the radio, and the sound system is quite good for a stock unit. You do also get good gas mileage at an EPA estimated 25 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. At this point I’m having too much fun to care about that.

The Scion FR-S is a hero car, plain as that. It’s the Mazda Miata of our generation. Just wait and see, there’ll be a Spec Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ series of racing, just like the Miata, E30 3-Series, Porsche 944, etc.

I’m sorry for the marginal photos. I took them with my iPhone 5 because it was raining most of the day.

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A life long automotive enthusiast, Josh spends most of his time behind the wheel of a car of some sort. When he's not playing around with cars and writing about them, he relaxes by playing guitar while listening to all kinds of music, but mostly Blues, as well as writing some of his own. He's also working on writing a book, as well as movie/T.V. scripts for the future.

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