The rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S will be offered in softtop convertible form, we’ve learned, confirming recent rumors. (The images you see here are renderings.) Unlike the Fast and Furious–ized FR-S roadster that an aftermarket tuner recently showed in California, the production FR-S convertible should retain its rear seats.
The FR-S is produced in collaboration with Subaru (its model is called the BRZ, Toyota’s model is the GT86). Priced at $25,000, the FR-S uses Subaru’s 2.0-liter, flat-four-cylinder engine to lower the center of gravity, but with Toyota’s most advanced D-4S direct-fuel-injection system to up the power and torque to 197 bhp/151 lbs.-ft. Performance is modest, top speed is 140 mph, 0-60 mph in 7.6 sec, but in handling terms, this car matches and arguably surpasses models such as Porsche’s Cayman at twice the price.
Meanwhile some rumors told that 2014 Scion FRS release date will be in late this year. You can get in touch with certified traders of the Scion to discover out more about the 2014 Scion FRS price. There is no purpose why you should be eventually missed when it comes to the high-class and relaxation that comes with Scion vehicles. This car is made in a way that they will provide you even more than you predicted. We promise that we will update soon after Scion announces 2014 Scion FRS release date.
In fact, a turbo would be difficult to engineer for the Subaru flat-four-cylinder engine without seriously raising the center of gravity and Tada-san’s team is investigating other options. These include a supercharger, boring the engine beyond its 2.0-liter capacity and a hybrid system completely redesigned from the Prius THS system, which could also be used by Toyota’s Lexus brand. A test model FR-S is running in Japan with such a system, which uses the high-torque electric motor output to boost the engine in a similar way to Formula-One kinetic energy recovery systems. Tada-san also wants to reduce the weight of the FR-S by at least 220 lbs., although he says that greater weight savings than that will require the use of exotic and expensive materials.
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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.
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