2013 Scion FR-S Test

Scion FR-S pushes 86 to the limit

It’s Saturday morning and I’m at the Bramalea Go Train station to compete in a Push It To The Limit (PITL) performance driving auto slalom series media challenge during round two of its 2012 points championship.

The long-awaited successor to the popular AE86 Corollas of the mid-1980s – revered for their incredible power-to-weight performance and low price tags – Scion’s new coupe features a two-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine (a similar version is found in its fraternal twin the Subaru BRZ) mated to a six-speed manual transmission that sends 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque to the drive wheels through a Torsen rear limited slip differential. With a scant 1,251-kilogram curb weight, 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution, Nurburgring-tuned suspension and electric rack and pinion power steering, it promises to be real treat to drive.

2013 Scion FR-S

Following a course inspection, helmet check and drivers meeting, it’s time to get into the car, which sits just five inches off the ground. The cloth sport bucket seats are nicely bolstered and supportive for spirited driving with electric driver-side controls. The 365 mm leather trimmed steering wheel tilts and telescopes, so finding a comfortable position is not a problem. Aluminum pedals with rubber inserts further appease drivers; I’m instantly at home in this cockpit.

Continue reading my review of the 2013 Scion FR-S on Autonet.ca.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. To check out some HD video of the FR-S in action, click on…

You can watch this video directly on Journauto’s YouTube channel here.

Check out PITL’s site here.

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