This Shifts Better - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: This Shifts Better

January 18, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

There's a difference between the shift feels in our BRZ and FR-S. It's subtle, but it exists. The FR-S six-speed simply engages its six forward gears more smoothly than the BRZ, with less clunk and resistance from the gearbox. In theory, we shouldn't be experiencing this since both cars share the same transmission.

This article from our long-time pal SubyTrojan doesn't shed much light on why we (or maybe just I) feel a difference. Maybe it's as simple as a difference in trans fluid. But it's an interesting analysis, nerdish on the powertrain details and on the development of the new transmission that sprung from the ashes of the old Lexus IS200 gearbox.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 12,500 miles


  • desoto_fins desoto_fins Posts:

    Complete bullcrap, these two cars come off the same assembly line using exactly the same components and fluids. They do have some suspension calibration differentiation, apart from that any difference would be exceedingly slight.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    the shifter itself is not really what i look for in a manual transmission because usually i can muscle it into gear failry easy. the clutch is one thing i am picky about because i want to be able to feel with my foot where it engages. the shifter in my honda is GREAT but the clutch engages all rubbery and even though i have been driving it a while it is allways a guessing game unless i dog it. as soon as i get the money that clutch has to go!

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