2011 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S Concept made its world debut on Wednesday at the 2011 New York Auto Show.
- Toyota said in a statement that the FR-S Concept previews "a new model coming to the Scion brand next year."
- The FR-S Concept, decked out in "Code Red" exterior paint, features a 2.0-liter boxer engine that can be linked to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
NEW YORK — The rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S Concept — rumored to be called the Scion FR-86, FT-S or FT-86 — made its world debut on Wednesday at the 2011 New York Auto Show. Toyota said the concept, which looks surprisingly aggressive for a Scion, previews a new model coming to the Scion brand next year.
The details about the production version were scarce, but in remarks to the media, Scion Vice President Jack Hollis hinted that it may feature 2+2 seating configuration with a fold-flat cargo area.
The concept is equipped with a 2.0-liter boxer engine that features Toyota's D4-S injection system, which uses both direct and port injection. The flat-4 can be linked to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Such critical details as horsepower and fuel economy numbers were not released. Hollis said the mpg figure would be "surprising."
Toyota says the use of a boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration allows the FR-S's engine and transmission package to be mounted lower and farther back toward the rear, giving the car a lower center of gravity and a "favorable front-to-rear weight ratio."
Toyota said the FR-S is "most inspired by the AE86 generation of the (Toyota) Corolla, better known as the hachi-roku, meaning '8-6' in Japanese" — thus accounting for the misleading speculation in the media.
The low-slung FR-S gets a long hood, a roof with a gullwing shape and staggered 20-inch wheels that are 8 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear. The wheels have a motorcycle-style braking system with 18-inch rotors.
The cabin gets steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Edmunds.com says: Scion appears to get a big dose of attitude with the FR-S Concept. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent