Scion FRS, #2 car from Scion PR, Throttle Blip by me...
Didn't get to go too far, it's still a secret vault car so I didn't get to go no more than to feel the clutch, steering, shift linkages, and brakes. But let me tell you, within just a few dozen yards of this car, even before the full around the block. OMG...!!
The steering feel is on the heavy side like a proper sports car, possibly VERY communicative at speed, the clutch pedal stroke is almost a dead clone of the AE86, triple pedal layout is spot on for heel and toe, the engine response is about as good as my 20V blackhead on Freedom ECU, seat position against vehicle controls were akin to what most of us place with a low-bracket aftermarket seats in the AE86, the cabin engine noise is effectively orchestrated by Yamaha, Subaru and Toyota working on a epic concert, just as defined as my LFA ride experience just a day before this.
Also I need to note that the front A pillar is really similar to the LFA, and front window raked about the same from the inside. Lots of headroom. I'm 5-10 and you can see from the photo, I have a lot left in headroom. I think anyone up to 6-2 or so will fit fine with a helmet, thanks to the very low seating position. The OEM bucket seat is spectacular! It may be a bit tight at the shoulder bolsters for the widest of folks, but for me it seemed tailored to my shoulders.
Shift linkage is very short throw for an OEM box with perhaps 9 inch travel from 3rd-4th at the top of the shift lever. The shift feel is nothing I have felt in a Toyota-Aisin box before, its as precise and firm as a brand new BMW M3.
I first bent in butt-first into the low seats, then holding the steering wheel, I swung over my feet over the rather wide side sills. (I can see the structural rigidity just by looking at these sills) It's a VERY low seating position. Once I adjusted my seat via slider and recliner, I noticed everything else just seem to fall right where I needed it. Pretty close to a modified AE86 race cockpit seating position. Firm seats hold you snug at the thigh, and shoulders, where it counts the most for tactile feel of the road. The ritual needed to ingress/egress is pretty special, and you really get a sense of the fact that you are climbing in and out of a sports car, again similar to getting into an LFA.
'So yeah, trust me, once inside and you're underway. This car does feel every bit as something an AE86 driver wants in a modern rendition of compact sports. Almost forgetting how different it is on the outside and the fact that it shares nothing mechanically in parts. It is a driver's car worthy I think of AE86 drivers...
Cars & Coffee Car Meet and Greet
Irvine, California, Ford Campus
This was the FIRST ever outing publicly of the Scion FRS with Scion PR Team, at the Cars & Coffee Car Meet and Greet gathering.
3 AE86's from Club4AG members accompanied the one of only 2 FRS Pre-Production USA car, and the only one with modifications to date shown in public.
Club4AG AE86's accompanied this FRS from Greddy headquarters at 6:30am for a surprise, unannounced public viewing to Cars & Coffee, in Irvine CA.
What a success! All the folks swarmed into the car almost magnetically, and there were several young folks who claimed position of expert (from reading rumors and what not on the interweb...lol) and even the older exotic car owners simply marveled at the construction, engine layout, and other details of the car. There weren't enough of us to answer the riot of people and questions. Still, The FIRST EVER STREET outing of the FRS, complete surprise and unannounced shocked the show visitors, and lucky by-standers got a treat of seeing this occasion.
Special Thanks to Scion USA PR Staff, Greddy USA, and great friends who brought beautiful AE86's for this memorable occasion of our lives. The Greddy enhacements are still developmental for this car, but visually, its already spectacular.
Secondly, I have to apologize to EVERYONE for not sending invitations earlier. But I will promose that when I am allowed to work publicly with Scion USA folks on future events, I will send notices to all Club4AG folks!
Supercharged Vortech Scion FR-S BRZ Install Review | Part 1 of 3
Americanizing the FR-S kicks off with the installation of the Vortech Supercharger and Perrin tune. We take the
viewer through the installation of a header back Exhaust and Vortech Supercharger and and all the drama involved. We
follow it all up with Dyno results.
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The question is was it all worth it?
Part 1: Install and Review including Dyno and drama.
Part 2: Driving Impressions, Street Review
Part 3: (COMING SOON) Autox Review
Part 4: (COMING SOON) Track Review
5:00-15:00 Exhaust Install, Dyno and Stock Dyno
15:00-25:00 Vortech Install Starts and ECU Flash
25:00-35:00 Vortech Install Drama and Dyno Results
35:00-40:00 Final Thoughts
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Toyota Prototype FT-86 ( Holiday Auto Motor Magazine Jan 2012 )
This is the DVD that came with Motor Magazines January 2012 issue. If the
fact that it is not yet 2012 is confusing, let me explain...
They always release the magazine a month early to ensure shelf longevity.
January 2012 in this case was released in December 2011 - that way it can
be sold up to and during January, giving it a 60 day sales window.
It's in Japanese, but you can see the car in detail. The car data and
information on the screen is often English so you can follow along. I saw
this car at the Tokyo Motor show on the 11th of December, and here it is in
The video sizing is a bit odd but the rip quality is very nice, so although
the video doesn't touch the inside of the window, it's very clear even at
fullscreen. It was a difficult rip - took about 6 attempts to bypass the
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The Toyota FT-86, GT-86, Scion FRS - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
One of the most anticipated new cars of 2012, the Toyota rear wheel drive
entry level sports car with too many names: GT-86, FT-86, and FRS. Also
known as the Subaru BRZ. Chris Harris travels to Spain to get the most
ouf a short session in the car.
Scion FR-S Drift in Japan with Ken Gushi
This footage is from my personal Contour Camera. I had my camera loaded up
in the Scion FR-S as I took a few laps around a forest track in Chiba,
Japan. I was told not to trash the car so I didn't do anything crazy but
here is some raw footage. It is fun to drift!
' Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S ' Test Drive & Review - TheGetawayer
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Scion FR-S in the states ) which I tested on a number of different roads
here in southwestern germany, including beautiful winding broads and the
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2013 Ford Mustang vs Scion FR-S Mashup Drive & Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 V6 Ford Mustang and the 2013 Scion FR-S don't
compete directly. The Mustang has 2 more cylinders, 105
more horses and weights about 700 more pounds. However, in two important
ways they compete: 1) Price and 2) the Fun to drive factor. In fact, we
would not be surprised if drivers crossed shopped the two very different
cars. Which of course begs the question....which one is better? In this
video review we mashup the established American Icon with the much heralded
Japanese new comer to decide which car is the better?
Jay Leno's Garage: 2013 Scion FR-S
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Jack Hollis, VP and General Manager of Scion, joins Jay for a top-to-bottom
rundown on the heritage-inspired FR-S. Designed to go from road to track,
its front-mounted flat Boxer engine cranks out 200 hp and a whole lotta fun
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The 450 HP Crawford Performance Turbo BRZ - /TUNED
We love the FRS and BRZ twins; they offer an approachable limit of
performance and phenomenal dynamics in an affordable package. And we
learned earlier this season that a bolt-on turbo kit will add to the FRS's performance
without taking away from it's character. But what happens when you double
the BRZ's horsepower and triple it's
torque? We find out.
2013 Subaru BRZ vs Scion FR-S 0-60 MPH Mile High Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The almost identical 2013 Subaru BRZ and the 2013
Scion FR-S herald the return of the light and affordable rear-wheel drive
sports car. Jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru there's very little that
separates the two twins except for minor suspension differences. But since
both cars can be purchased as with either an automatic transmission or a
manual one we of course want to know which one is faster to 60 @1 mile above sea level...the
automatic Subaru BRZ or the 6-speed manual Scion FR-S? Check out this fun
TFLcar Mashup Review to find out.
2013 Scion FR-S Pro-Celebrity Race Car, Shakedown and Media Preview
While this was a track event at Streets of Willow Springs Raceway, we did
drive with very safe open track rules and this was not a race not time
attack, but more a sampling with respect and safety for the precious cars
that was due to make an appearance at 2013 Long Beach GP.
So please respect the mild driving as it was not a full on time attack