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Scion Debuts Its FT-86: The FR-S Sports Coupe

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On: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

Scion Debuts Its FT-86: The FR-S Sports Coupe

The New York Auto Show is officially underway and Scion has made one of the more interesting debuts of the week. It's called the FR-S and it's basically a Toyota FT-86 sports coupe with a few Scion badges on it. But it's also a little more than that, with its own unique styling elements.

The first thing I noticed when looking at the FR-S is that the front-end has straight lines along the sides rather than the curved ones that were on the Toyota FT-86 II that debuted last month. The LEDs that adorned the FT-86 have also been eliminated in Scion's version of the coupe to make room for air inlets. The car also has some pretty defined fenders, side skirts, and streamlined side mirrors.

Out back, the Scion version has lost the spoiler and has a rather massive rear diffuser all its own. The sharp taillights feature several LED clusters and the Scion badge gets LED backing.

The coupe sits on 20-inch Five Axis monoblock wheels and has four-piston-caliper front brakes with 18-inch carbon-ceramic rotors. It is shown in Code Red.

Scion describes its concept in a release: "The FR-S Concept, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion's definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sportscar with compelling style, exceptionally balanced performance and handling, flexible utility, and surprising MPG."

We describe it more simply: "A slightly revised Toyota FT-86 with Scion logo on the hood."

The FT-86, which was developed jointly between Toyota and Subaru, will be badged as a Scion here in the United States. It will get the same 2.0-liter boxer four cylinder as the Toyota version. That engine should send around 200 horses onwards to a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic.

Toyota is still in the process of refining the FT-86 for production and will present the final version of the car later this year at the Tokyo Motor Show. I'd expect that it will share the toned down front-end of Scion's concept, but lose elements like the pencil-thin mirrors and huge diffuser.

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