Defined by its chassis balance and agility, the 2014 FR-S has rediscovered driving fun we presumed long lost in the rubble of emissions control and health-and-safety chassis settings. This generic-looking two-plus-two coupé was devised as a result of a Toyota board meeting a decade ago, which had the single agenda of restoring the appeal of cars to young people.
Release Date and Price
Meanwhile some rumors told that 2014 FR-S release date will be in late this year. The convertible version of the Scion FR-S will top the coupe’s $24,930 base price by a few grand. Toyota has been cautious about pricing the FR-S so far, offering no factory options besides an automatic transmission, and the company is worried that a $30,000 price tag on a Scion would be a nonstarter with dealers. We agree, and think the droptop FR-S will come in below that psychological barrier. We promise that we will update soon after Scion announces 2014 FR-S price and release date.
The same 200-hp, 2.0-liter boxer-four from the FR-S and BRZ coupes will be used for the convertible. Manual and automatic transmissions, both of the six-speed variety, will be offered. Roof or not, we’ve learned that no Scion FR-S will get a turbocharger.
A bigger coupe or other eventual models based on the FR-S’s architecture likely would get larger engines to deliver the power and refinement customers in those segments expect.
The convertible will, of course, be built on the same platform as the joint Toyota/Subaru coupe. This architecture also stands a good chance of being used for other Toyota models. It’s versatile enough to be enlarged, and could be the basis of a small four-door sedan or larger two-door coupe. Product planners are hard at work on the possibilities, a source tells us, although we’re not sure if any of the spinoffs have been approved for production.
The cabin gets a frameless rear view mirror, a dashboard electroluminescent panel, an illuminated shift knob on automatic models and glowing front and rear badges. Scion is asking a $1,250 price increase for the automatic transmission and glowing shift knob, all of which bring the price to $28,675.
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