2013 Scion FR-S: The Satisfying Shift
November 04, 2012
One of the little things l like about our FR-S is the possibility of getting a quick, super-smooth full-throttle upshift out of it. The transmission reminds me a little of some older BMW's, where around town the thing would be kind of balky and not the easiest to shift smoothly unless you really paid attention. But crack the whip and everything (subconsciously) came together harmoniously, like this was the way the car wanted you to shift all the time.
The FR-S's transmission is a lot like that. I'm still working on refining my technique, as I have to admit I haven't been able to do it all the time. But that's part of the joy of having a manual transmission.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor