2013 Scion FR-S: These Wheels Are Great, But I'd Keep the Stock Set at the Ready
February 19, 2013
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.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 13,597 miles