2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Fifty-Fifty

June 24, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

What would make the 2013 Scion FR-S better? Fifty more horsepower and 50 more pound-feet of torque, that's what. And if forced to choose, I'd take the torque. Just like Daft Punk's new record shows us that disco never went away (it just hid out in other subgenres for 30 years), torque never goes out of style.

Fifty more horsepower would be sweet, but the FR-S is still quick without it. In testing, we managed zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds (6.3 seconds with rollout) on the stock Michelin tires. That's right in line with the VW GTI, Mini Cooper S and Mazdaspeed3. But 50 more lb-ft would definitely encourage more audacious tail-wagging (which we can all get behind) and more frequent tire replacement (which seems a small price to pay for a steady diet of powerslide).

A good turbo or supercharger kit will set you back $5,000-$6,500, and we're starting to see numbers. One poster at the ft86club.com forum shows a dyno for the new Greddy kit. At 7psi and fitted with a Greddy exhaust (but retaining stick injectors and fuel pump), an FR-S gained about 90 hp and 70 pound-feet.

How much faster would that make our long-term Scion FR-S? I don't know. By comparison, a 305-hp Mustang V6 covers 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. I do know that no one here seems tired of the FR-S yet. We got possibilities. And disco still isn't dead.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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By stuntman_mike
on 06/24/13
1:55 PM PST

+1 to the second half of duck87's statement. I've been biting my tongue, keyboard-wise, for some time now. But a post like this is too much to bear. Multiple supercharger (and possibly turbocharger) kits are available. Koni Sports (Yellows) are available. Hotchkis, Tein, and Eibach have lowering springs available. Brakes, bushings, the list goes on and on. And all that's been done are wheels, tires, and a tune IIRC? In the meantime, we get to read about revelations such as how propane tanks fit in the trunk. The claim was to keep the BRZ as your "baseline" car, and modify this one. So either modify the FR-S or sell it, because we don't need two seperate long-term test logs consisting of "which color is best" and "my kid fits in the backseat" for the same car.

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By duck87
on 06/24/13
12:05 PM PST

I don't have an issue with the stock numbers, since it's pretty similar to a Civic Si and I don't ever remember feeling like I needed more power when I'm slicing and dicing against I-75 traffic. Those numbers from boosted cars are about expected too... since folks have been modifying the Honda 2 liter engines since early 2000 with equal/greater effect... What I do have an issue with is the apparent lack of modifications the FRS has seen, even though you guys said you were going to do a back-to-back comparison between the FR-S and BR-Z. Just bolt on forced induction already!

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