No Wheel Buttons - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S & Subaru BRZ: No Wheel Buttons

August 09, 2012

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I was chatting with a Japanese Toyota rep during the Lexus LS launch this week and he told me that FR-S/BRZ chief engineer Tetsuya Tada insisted that there be no buttons on the Toyabaru's steering wheel. It was to be a real driver's car with a simple, perfectly designed wheel unfettered with Bluetooth, radio and trip computer controls.

I think he made the right call. Our BRZ's touchscreen stereo interface and its lack of physical track/preset skip buttons mean that wheel controls would be useful, but that's somebody else's fault. The wheel is indeed simple and perfectly designed. Bravo.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,729
@jriswick


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