Toyota shows gorgeous convertible Scion FR-S at Tokyo auto show
Toyota unleashed a wild group of prototype and concept cars at the Tokyo auto show, but none had more impact than the future Scion FR-S Convertible. Called by Toyota the FT-86 after the iconic, rear-wheel drive AE86 Corolla, the new convertible was shown in “arrest me red” officially called “Flash Red.” Offsetting the red was a two-tone ash and gray interior. The car looks finished and could be a 2014 or 2015 model for Scion. Subaru also has shown its version of the Toyabaru sports coupe in drop-top guise and says it plans to sell the car in the US. Toyota’s plans for selling a convertible remain clouded.
One reason Toyota may not sell the car is the Lexus IS 250C. The IS 250C is very similar to the Scion FR-S convertible on paper. Both are rear drive, relatively compact, the FR-S is slightly smaller, and both have about 200 horsepower. However, with the Scion needing to cost about $30K to $35K, the Lexus would possibly suffer price erosion. It retails for about $50K currently. The Lexus was introduced in 2009 as a 2010 model and has sold in low numbers, but consistently for Lexus. It is also available in a powerful 306 horsepower version called the IS 350C which sells for about $5K more.