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2013 Scion FR-S Debuts In Detroit

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On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Scion FR-S Debuts In Detroit

We've long known that the Toyota GT 86 would be branded as a Scion here in the United States. At last year's Detroit Show, Toyota introduced the Scion FR-S concept, and at this year's show, it introduced the production model. Unlike the Toyota version of the sports car, the Scion model carries its concept name into production.

Outside of the subtle color change from orange to orange-red, the FR-S is nearly identical to the GT 86 debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The only obvious change that I can spot up front is the removal of the fog lights that were equipped to the GT 86. Instead, the FR-S features uninterrupted air inlets on both sides of the bumper. Out back, the FR-S uses a more modest spoiler than the Tokyo GT 86.

Other than that, the cars are one and the same. Both use Subaru's horizontally opposed 2.0-liter boxer engine driving the rear wheels for a total of 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. Both give buyers the option of six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.

The Scion FR-S will launch in the spring, but Scion gave buyers that wanted to get "first in" bragging rights the option of bidding on the very first FR-S models. With the First 86 program, motivated buyers were able to put a purchase request in at www.ScionFirst86.com last Thursday, January 12.

Scion hasn't specified when exactly these 'First 86' models will arrive, simply saying that they'll be delivered before the model goes on sale to the general public in the spring. Scion will contact buyers by email and the process for taking delivery will follow the traditional car-buying process from there.

These first buyers will get the opportunity to drive a unique, brand-new sports car around for several days/weeks/months before the model becomes commonplace on North American highways and byways--a rare opportunity for anyone without the budget for a limited edition supercar or classic.

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Stephy21 | 9:13AM (Wed, Jan 18, 2012)

I really like this car especially how sporty it looks!


Sami18 | 9:16AM (Wed, Jan 18, 2012)

Very cool car , the color they choose for it is a nice color you dont see it very often on to many cars.

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