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2013 Scion FR-S Debut

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What's New
Everything. The 2013 Scion FR-S makes its second stop on its North American introductory tour after being unveiled to the media shortly after the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The FR-S is one of three variants of the same vehicle, the other two wear badges for Toyota and Subaru and are known as the GT-86 and the BRZ, respectively. Scion says its version's name means Front-engine, Rear-wheel-drive Sport and is slated to be launched in the spring of 2012. Scion's latest two-door coupe is of rear-wheel-drive configuration and packs 200 ponies under the hood while only tipping the scales at around 2700-2800 pounds.

Who's It For
There are two target audiences for the 2013 Scion FR-S: Young people with a little extra cash and no commitments, or the mid-life crisis-mobile. Either way you're getting a fun vehicle that's rear-wheel-drive and grabs eyes where ever it goes. At an estimated starting price of around $25,000 (though Scion hasn't confirmed it yet) the FR-S is a relatively inexpensive rear-wheel-drive coupe, something the U.S. market hasn't had in a while. The absence of fog lights, navigation, and automatic climate controls are a strong indication that Scion is actively working to keep the price lower than the GT-86 and BRZ versions. The interior varies ever so slightly in the FR-S -- for example, navigation is absent and Scion accents are strewn across the dashboard -- but for the most part, all three variants of the vehicle are the same.

Key Features
The 2013 Scion FR-S comes ready to drive with 200 horsepower and is a rear-wheel-drive coupe. While it's not the most luxurious of the three variants offered, there are some tantalizing tidbits.

  • Rear-wheel-drive: A vehicle the size of the FR-S and the amount of horsepower mated to a rear-wheel-drive configuration creates an overall fun ride.
  • Lower price: The FR-S is missing some features its siblings at Toyota and Subaru have but this helps keeps the Scion version more affordable than the other two.
  • 19-inch wheels: It's no secret a smaller car looks more aggressive on bigger wheels and Scion picked up on this as well. The FR-S comes stock with 19-inch wheels and are wrapped in 225/35's up front and 245/35 Hankook rubbers in the rear

What We think
What's not to love on the 2013 Scion FR-S? With 200 horsepower waiting under your right foot, this lightweight coupe will take off in a moments notice. While the interior isn't quite as snappy as the Subaru or even the Toyota versions, it's bound to be enough for the demographic Scion is shooting for. The other side of the FR-S is that it's an aftermarket parts junkie's dream. The FR-S already comes stock with accessories like 19-inch wheels but as the aftermarket parts become more plentiful, we expect to see some pretty interesting takes on Scion's latest coupe.

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