2013 Scion FR-S: Tire Impressions
September 24, 2012
Part of the charm I found with our FR-S when it was bone-stock was the fairly low grip from the Michelin Primacy tires. Breaking the tail loose was incredibly easy and it felt like I could drift it all day. I realize oversteer isn't fast, but it sure is fun. So how is it with the new Yokohama tires?
It takes a much more deliberate lift and stab of the throttle to get the car to rotate now. You really have to commit to it and be on top of your game. The tires still release progressively, but holding a drift requires a lot more throttle. Near the limit of adhesion, these tires are also considerably quieter than the Michelins.
It's a much more track-worthy car now. I'm sure it'll tear up the Streets of Willow with ease, or maybe a big autocross. I had the Yokohama Advan Neovas on my old Lotus Elise and was pleasantly surprised that I could get three or four track days out of a set. The problem was, after about four laps, the tires would overheat and really start to slide. I'd have to interrupt the normal hot-lap flow to cool down the treads, then get back on it for another three times around.
I'm assuming the Scion would experience the same thing, but there's only one way to find out, right?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 6,250 miles