2013 Scion FR-S: BF Goodrich G-Force Rival Impressions
October 23, 2013
There's no doubt that the new G-Force Rivals we slapped onto our 2013 Scion FR-S are a huge improvement to the car's handling performance, and I do love cornering forces. But I'm finding myself torn between my penchant for railing through curves and whipping the tail around.
On my super-secret skidpad, I tried my usual lift-stomp of the throttle in the middle of a turn and all I got was wheelspin. No tail whip, no opposite lock, no giggles. I tried again. Wheelspin again.
It seems that once there's any lateral load, those tires just grip, you know, the way they're supposed to. And just like that, some of the magic was gone, replaced by real performance. Yes, our FR-S is all grown up now, and getting closer to being a real track car.
I'm sure that once I get to lay down some laps at a local road course, I'll be singing the praises of these tires. Until then, I'll be dreaming of swapping the rear tires out for the slippery stock rubber and powersliding my way into nirvana.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 22,653 miles