Which Would You Choose - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Scion FR-S: Which Would You Choose

November 19, 2012

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The rain stopped on Sunday morning and faced with 50-mile journey to Casahashi for his always-hot grill and sometimes-hot F1-viewing shindig, I had to make a decision. What would you choose?


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It wan't an easy decision, but I chose my Multistrada and was happy I did. It was an unusually hot summer that always had me soaking wet inside my jacket within 5 minutes aboard, so the thought of a sub-70-degree ride was too hard to pass up.


Seeing these two in my driveway, however, started me thinking. Styling, color, purpose, (and nearly price -- yikes!) all aligned for me. The experience, too, is quite similar, with the exception of power-to-weight: The Scion currently weighs 2,737 pounds, is rated at 200 horsepower (and makes 173hp at the wheels) so it uses each "hp" to move 13.7 pounds of car. My Ducati, on the other hand, weighs 485 pounds and is rated at 150 horsepower, so it uses each "hp" to move 3.25 pounds of bike (or 4.2 pounds with me on it). Yeah, it doesn't stick around.


But the more I drive the Scion, especially since the new wheels/tires, the more I love it. I'm amazed I'm not seeing more of them on the road yet. Does its rear-wheel drive intimidate would-be drivers who have been raised on a steady diet of FWD? Is it "too slow?" Are people waiting for the turbocharged one to arrive? What is it? Why aren't people buying this wonderful drivers' car? I know why I didn't drive it yesterday, but why aren't other people?


Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 8,887 miles

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