2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test


2013 Scion FR-S: Volk Racing Wheels And New Tires Tested

August 27, 2012

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Did new wheels and tires wake up Project FR-S, our longterm 2013 Scion FR-S? Is water wet?

Now that it's wearing 17x8.5" Volk Racing TE37SL wheels and 245/40 Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 tires, the difference in the FR-S' handling is stark. Go here to see the test results.

Good as it was before — and it was quite good — it is in a whole 'nother league now.

Beyond the outright performance, its driving character is notably sharper now, too. You never really notice just how much sidewall flex the stock tires have until you change them out for a proper summer tires. It changes direction far more eagerly. Inspires even more confidence. Yet remains totally progressive. It's more fun to drive now than ever before.

And it doesn't feel unbalanced. Despite the big jump in grip, the car is decidedly not over-tired. About the only downside in the way it drives is a minor increase in impact harshness — the ride is just a skotch busier. Picking nits here, especially considering the huge jump in handling prowess.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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