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2016 Scion FR-S gets 4 new upgrades but no power increase

Scion announced 4 new upgrades for the 2016 FR-S sports coupe. Will these improvements be enough when sales are sliding?


The 2016 Scion FR-S sports coupe will come with new interior improvements, a new standard audio system and a rear-view back up camera, two new colors and a new price. Scion says the 2016 Scion comes with these four new “S” features, new style, safety, sounds and sales price. There are a few things for performance fans to get excited about but there will be no turbo and no power increase coming for the 2016 FR-S.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of the six-speed manual transmission FR-S is $25,305 ($405 more than 2015 model) while the six-speed sequential automatic transmission is $26,405 (+$405 over the 2015 model). This price excludes the destination, processing and handling fee of $770. 

Sales are down for FR-S and BRZ twins

The higher price tags for both trim levels arrive as Toyota's youth-focused brand continues to face trouble selling the FR-S. March sales were down 39 percent, while first-quarter numbers slid by nearly 29 percent. Subaru is experiencing this same sales slide with the twin BRZ. March sales were down 42.2 percent and the first quarter saw sales dip 43.9 percent.

What new for 2016?

For the extra $405 price bump, the 2016 Scion FR-S now comes with bright silver interior accents on the steering wheel bezel, shift bezel, door grip, and along the sides of the center console. 2016 FR-S also comes standard with a new standard audio system with a large 7-inch touch-screen display and voice recognition technology. Both trim levels also get a rear-view backup camera as well. Two new colors will be available on FR-S two-door coupes with a new Ablaze (red) and a new Oceanic (blue).

What doesn’t come with the new FR-S special edition coupe is more important than what it does come with. There are no power upgrades under the hood and it still comes powered by the same 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Subaru Boxer engine. There’s still more.
The 2016 FR-S rear drive sports car does not get any changes to the powerplant or drivetrain. The sports coupe is powered by the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Subaru boxer engine producing 200 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels by way of a six-speed standard gearbox or a six-speed sequential automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management technology.

Performance fans will have to wait for the FR-S to come with more power. Look for Scion to come out with another special edition model like the Release Series 1.0 that was released last year. The 2016 Scion FR-S sports coupe will be arriving in dealerships beginning in June.