Toyota and Subaru seem like unlikely partners, but they teamed up in 2013 to deliver the FR-S. The FR-S is a rear-wheel drive sports coupe powered by a Subaru boxer engine. The formula was an immediate success with drifters and import enthusiasts everywhere.
HISTORY OF THE FR-S
The FR-S comes in two trim levels: base and 10 series. Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth and a Pioneer sound system. Stepping up to the 10 series nets you xenon headlights, front LED running lights, illuminated exterior badges, dual-zone automatic climate control, a frameless rearview mirror, an electroluminescent dashboard, touchscreen sound system display and a solar-powered illuminated shift knob.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
The powertrain consists of one engine option: the 2.0L 4-cylinder. This Subaru derived engine is a boxer design, which means it has horizontally opposed cylinders. Transmission options include either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Out back, you’ll find a limited slip differential.
In 2017, the FR-S will become a Toyota when Scion closes its doors. The boy-racer will also be redesigned with a new version of the tried and true 2.0L engine under the hood. No matter the name, the FR-S will remain popular thanks to its spirited driving performance and good looks.