2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: FR-S on GMR. With Supercharger

July 31, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

Our 2013 Scion FR-S has a supercharger.

I already liked this corner-carving machine before. It's superbly-balanced with spot-on steering and plenty of grip thanks to our long-termer's wider, stickier tires.

Now that it has honest power, everywhere on the tach, I like it even more.

I took the FR-S forced-induction edition on one of my favorite twisty bits of pavement (Glendora Mountain Road) over the weekend. It was a blast.

The Innovate Motorsports supercharger doesn't pack on so much zip that it completely changes the FR-S. Rather, it better taps into the fantastic abilities of its chassis.

And it means when you exit a low-speed corner, powerslides are easier to come by. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and wager that we're going to start burning through rear tires a lot more quickly.

Somebody, give Engineering Editor Jay Kavanagh a double high-five for (finally) making this happen.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 20,279 miles


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Sounds good! Sooooo..... How much longer are you keeping her? What are the new numbers? How is mpg affected?

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    This car with your modifications is one of the most interesting to read about. I wonder if there are any plans (or even options in the market) for upgrading the clutch

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I imagine it's way more fun than before, but with around 170 lb./ft. at the wheels and sticky, 245-section tires, I don't think you're going to be down to the cords anytime soon.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Sounds like the makings of an FR-S Supra.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:


  • ayao ayao Posts:

    What this has me wondering is if there's a car that will give equivalent driving pleasure and performance for the same amount of $ that has been spent on modifying the FR-S ... 135i? Used S2k? Used PCS?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Mike, there's a rule from Inside Line that carries over here - if you do a GMR run, let me know and I'll be there. I literally live at the base of the road.

  • stumjfrs stumjfrs Posts:

    cant wait to hear more about how the supercharger improves the feel of the car. For me its one of the best cars I've ever driven save for the torque dip right in the beautiful tach's sweetspot at 4grand.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I've said it before - if there is a GMR run, let me know. I literally live at the base of the road.

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