These Wheels Are Great, But I'd Keep the Stock Set at the Ready - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: These Wheels Are Great, But I'd Keep the Stock Set at the Ready

February 19, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

There's no denying that our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S has a great stance with its Volk Racing wheels and stickier Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 tires we put on it. I love that it still has meaty sidewalls, too. And if you read our latest Track Tested and watched the track video, you know it has a ton more grip.

This is absolutely the wheel/tire package I'd want if I was going to use FR-S for track days, as Jay Kavanagh has, because this is exactly what you're supposed to do with this car after all.

But if I bought an FR-S and my priorities changed and I couldn't afford to do track days very often and I ended up just commuting back and forth to work in it, as I did for several days last week, well, I'd probably revert to the stock wheels and tires.

It's not the firm ride I take issue with, though it is very firm. It's the increased road noise you get with these tires. It makes for a consistently high decibel level in the cockpit, and if you want to listen to any kind of radio that involves people talking, you have to either crank the volume or forget about it.

I'd totally be OK with this compromise if I knew I was headed out to do some fun driving, but when you're just going to work, I think the stock all-season-like Michelin Primacy HP tires have their place. If this were my car, I'd keep the other set of wheels in the garage next to a floor jack, a tire iron and a torque wrench and swap them out depending on my mood.

2013 Scion FR-S

2013 Scion FR-S

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 13,597 miles


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    That sounds like the way to do it. And, I just like the simpler look of these 6-spoke wheels over the stock.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    thank god one negative thing about these tires finally i was starting to believe that evryone drank the kool aid at IL

  • Are you guys done fooling around with this car? If you really want to give it a great stance, throw some Coilovers on it. The huge gap between tire and fender is killin me.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    i think some higher performance summer tires would be a pretty goo compromise. especially if you planned no engine mods i think the newer/wider tires you bought are overkill. the car is over-tired right now if you ask me and if i recall correctly jkav said as much when he choose that wheel/tire combo... but as i recall he said there is some more hp coming.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    i think some higher performance summer tires would be a pretty good compromise. (on the OEM wheels.)

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I have kind of an issue with the idea that track days are "what you're supposed to do with this car after all" considering that stock, even with careful shopping, you are still about $1800 worth of better tires and better brake pads from actually taking it to the track. It's like those "internet-ready" TVs you see advertised for unbelievably low prices. Yeah, they're cheap, but... As for power, I would wait for the one with the turbo from the factory. There is nothing about this engine that would make me comfortable adding a turbo kit to it.

  • elgac elgac Posts:

    Weren't you guys going to modify the FR-S and compare it with the stock BRZ? Whatever happened with that? Did you spend your FR-S and Wrangler budget on the Porsche?

  • lucien4 lucien4 Posts:

    Just did a test drive last weekend with FR-S with low profile tires. Ride was pretty brutal and suspension lets you feel everything on the road. There's a lot of shaking and road noise with the FR-S (even stationary I felt the shifter vibrate). On the track (or in Europe with much better roads) I can see this would be a delight. Also noticed the manual shifter is quite notchy and didn't expect that from Toyota. On the plus side the steering was absolutely great and very direct. Overall little bit disappointed but I can see it's a true sports car instead of a sporty car. Not sure how it compares to 370Z.

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