Now that Toyota and Subaru have had their share of the limelight, it is Scion's turn to reveal their version of the compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that has been developed in conjunction between the aforementioned car companies. The 2013 Scion FR-S was unveiled at a special event in Los Angeles last night and here are the first official pictures and details.
For a real world look of the FR-S on the road, check out the video above which was taken recently in Orange County, California.
As expected, there are few design differences between the Scion FR-S and it's Toyota brother, the GT 86. However Scion was good enough to treat us to the first photo of the Subaru developed engine. Even better is the animated GT 86 video below which shows an exploded view.
The engine in question is a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit that has been treated to Toyota's D-4S direct and port injection system. It results in a power output of 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque which is passed to the wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission system.
Inspired by Toyota's AE86 generation of the Corolla, the U.S. market Scion FR-S has been developed to achieve "pure balance". A front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 coupled with an extremely low center of gravity certainly helps, not to mention the tuned suspension system and 17 inch alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, we find a 2+2 layout with folding down rear seats to create additional space in the rear luggage compartment.
Check out the press release below for further details.