2013 Scion FR-S

2013 Scion FR-S True Sports Performance Coupe

Scion has introduced its first-ever sports car: a rear-wheel drive two-door sports performance coupe jointly developed with Subaru called the 2013 Scion FR-S.

It's bound to become an instant classic – that's how great of a car it is. The best part? It has a starting price below $25,000 when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic is about $1300 more.

This kind of performance at this low of a price just hasn't been seen in a long time. As Scion VP Jack Hollis pointed out during a media introduction in Las Vegas, "The FR-S allows us to reach a whole New Dimension of performance. It’s a sports car that pound-for-pound and dollar-for-dollar is already igniting the passion of a whole group of car fanatics."

Powerful Engine

Let's look at that pound-for-pound sentiment. The 2013 Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder Boxer engine that uses Toyota's cutting-edge D-4S injection system (and is found in the Lexus IS F, a compact luxury performance sedan that is on my bucket list of cars to own some day).

This little engine produces 200 horsepower but a surprisingly mundane 151 lb. ft. of torque. Its 100 horsepower per liter puts in supercar territory in terms of performance. Scion officials said its torque deficiency (my term – not theirs) comes from the fact that this car was not built just for linear performance. But it's quick off the line with a published time of 6.2 seconds, according to Motor Trend. http://www.motortrend.com/

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