2013 Scion FR-S: Saturday Morning
August 26, 2013
I don't usually get out of bed before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings, at least not on purpose. I like recovering from the week, letting the sun leak in through the blinds and generally getting a soft start to the weekend. But last Saturday I was up early and devouring all the caffeine in sight. I had our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S and plans for a drive through the local canyons.
Typically, I'll take my personal car out with a group of Acura Integra owners (you'll recall that I'm an Integra owner, too). We'll meet up at a gas station, talk, grab a snack, check our oil levels and head out for 100 miles of back-road shenanigans. Of course, the FR-S was also built for exactly this activity.
With the supercharger, camber plates, exhaust, lightweight TE37SL wheels and Yokohama Advan AD08 tires fitted, our FR-S is now sublime on my favorite roads. Rolling over the back side of the Santa Monica mountains, the marine layer dissipated and turned into rolling clouds down the hillside. The exhaust on the FR-S wasn't audible (even with the windows down) but the whine from the supercharger was, especially at wide-open-throttle.
As soon as late morning hits, these roads become spillways for the nearby beaches, flooded with carbon-fiber 10-speed bike enthusiasts, tourists on rented Harleys and full-size vans with text-messaging drivers, but my alarm clock and some determination helped me avoid the crowds.
With a cool ocean breeze around every corner and the Scion's newfound power, it felt like a holiday weekend. Although the FR-S works really well as a daily driver, these glorious mountain roads filled with their long, sweeping bends, tight corners and breathtaking views call out to me every time I drive it.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 21,270 miles