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Scion FR-S – More of the Same

Rounding out the Toyobaru trio of GT86 variants is the new Scion FR-S.  Like the Subaru BRZ shown yesterday, the Scion has subtle differences to set it apart from the GT86 and BRZ.  The headlamps appear to be toned down a bit and the front fascia is a little cleaner than the others.  Also gone is the gaudy fender vents that are found on the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ versions.   Scion has said that the first number in the price of the car will start with a 2.  We're going to guess somewhere in the $24,000 range but we will find out for sure soon. We've got the full press release and photo gallery after the jump.  We've thrown the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 galleries in there as well so you can compare all three.  Let us know which one is your favorite! Scion FR-S Subaru BRZ Toyota GT86 Press Release: 2013 Scion FR-S Brings the SPORT Back to the CAR - Low center of gravity and lightweight design achieves a "Pure Balance" - Compact rear-wheel drive sports car makes world debut - World's first boxer engine to utilize Toyota's D4-S direct and port injection system Los Angeles – November 30, 2011 – Scion tonight unveiled its 2013 FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car to a crowd of eager car enthusiasts. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family and will go on sale in the spring of 2012. The FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion's definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising MPG. "Serving as a laboratory for Toyota, Scion is always experimenting with new things," said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. "The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will no doubt serve as the halo car, expanding Scion into a new dimension of driving performance." The FR-S is a true "scion," born into a lengthy history of Toyota performance cars and motorsports. The sports car is most inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, better known as the Hachi-Roku, meaning "8-6" in Japanese. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe was lightweight and well balanced, making it a solid choice for driving enthusiasts. Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is designed around the core goal of achieving, "Pure Balance." The balance begins with the strategic use of the world's only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine's compact size and flat shape allow it to be mounted mid-ship and extremely low, giving the car a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 and a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars. The FR-S's 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru. The partnership begins by combining Subaru's newly developed horizontally opposed engine and Toyota's cutting edge D-4S injection system that incorporates both direct and port injection. The D-4S system, partnered with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, results in an impressive 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. "We all know that it's not hard to make horsepower and torque, but it is hard to do all that and still achieve impressive fuel economy," Hollis said. "The FR-S accomplishes all three." The flat-four mates with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts with a short-throw; while the automatic transmission features aggressive up shifts and sporty rev-matched down shifts that are initiated by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is transferred to the pavement via a limited-slip differential. The idea of "Pure Balance" is further realized by the FR-S's lightweight design and compact size. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of corners, with dynamic maneuverability and confident handling. The coupe's weight is kept to a minimum by utilizing an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and by featuring a trunk design instead of a hatchback. The FR-S's low weight is matched with a dynamically tuned suspension setup consisting of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone system in the rear. Lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and ventilated disc brakes are on all four corners. The fierce exterior of the FR-S is a solid reflection of its inner power. The profile, inspired by the Toyota 2000GT, reveals a hood and roof-line that is remarkably sleek and low, giving it an aerodynamic shape that channels air cleanly over to the top. The low stance continues to exaggerate the coupe's menacing face, which is made up of sharp lines, a wide mouth and angular headlights. The aggressive front fenders protrude upward and boast the iconic '86' piston emblem, which highlights the car's AE86 heritage as well as its unique new boxer engine. The rear fascia sits low and wide, with aerodynamic lower treatments that surround the sporty dual exhaust system. LEDs illuminate the edgy taillights, while center-mounted backup lights finish the muscular design. The FR-S's interior features a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind. The front seats are mounted extremely low and are comfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. The large center-mounted tachometer is the focus of the three-gauge cluster, keeping the driver informed of the engine's vitals. Speed is monitored by both digital and analog gauges. Scion FR-S Preliminary Specifications Length: 166.7 in. Width: 69.9 in. Height: 51.2 in. (not including antenna base) Wheelbase: 101.2 in. Track - Front: 59.8 in. - Rear: 60.6 in. Seating capacity: 4 Engine Total displacement: 1,998 cc Type: Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, D-4S injection, DOHC Bore × stroke: 86 × 86 mm. Maximum output: 200hp @ 7,000 rpm Maximum torque: 151 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters Driveline: Rear-wheel drive Suspension - Front: MacPherson struts - Rear: Double wishbone Brakes - Front: Ventilated Disc - Rear: Ventilated Disc Tires - Front: 215/45R17 - Rear: 215/45R17 Fuel tank: 13.2 gallons Fuel: Premium Unleaded  

Subaru Unveils Subaru BRZ at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Subaru pulled the wraps off the BRZ sports coupe last night at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.  If the BRZ looks nearly identical to the Toyota GT86 we showed you earlier in the week, it's because they are exact clones with the exception of a few styling distinctions on the interior and exterior.  The most noticeable changes are the front bumper and the lack of rear spoiler on the BRZ.  On the inside, the designs are identical once again with the exception of choices in materials and trim colors.  The powertrain remains unchanged from the Toyota GT86 with the same 2.0-liter boxer engine which makes 200hp and 151 lb/ft of torque. We have a full photo gallery and the Subaru press release after the jump. SUBARU BRZ is a rear-wheel drive sports car featuring the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine. It was developed as a joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation, to bring to the world a sports car with superior steering response and driving pleasure that everyone can experience. The Subaru Boxer engine in the BRZ was positioned even lower than other Subaru models so that the BRZ has one of the lowest possible centers of gravity on the market today. This low center of gravity produces astonishing handling character and combined with a light-weight chassis BRZ realizes Subaru's aim for "Pure Handling Delight" -- the driving experience taken to a new level. Major Features Concept The product concept of BRZ is "Pure Handling Delight." The Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine has inherent qualities of low center of gravity, lightweight, and compactness. These attributes are maximized by placing this engine even lower and closer to the center of the chassis. These factors contributed to BRZ's low center of gravity -- one of the lowest possible. The BRZ is a fun sports car that any driver can enjoy driving with peace of mind. Design
  • "Ultra-low Center of Gravity Package"
The BRZ has a low-mounted Boxer engine on a specially designed sub-frame that forms an "ultra-low center of gravity package".  With this arrangement, BRZ achieved a low driving position typical of a sports car. Overall height of BRZ is 1,300 mm and it has a wide and low body of a stylish coupe at 1775mm. Yet, it allows for 2+2 seating and a trunk with ample space. Not only is the BRZ a sports car, but it can also be a suitable partner for long tours with its unexpected utility.
  • Exterior
Subaru aimed for a sports car design that instinctively conveys the car's fun-to-drive character. In addition, it was detailed to be instantly recognizable as a Subaru.
  • Front fascia
The "ultra-low center of gravity package" also allowed a low hood design. This low hood and bulging front fenders raise expectations for the BRZ's drivability. Also, to communicate the Subaru identity the Subaru six-star ornament, headlights and hexagon lower grille follow the Subaru design motif common across new Subaru models.
  • Side
The low center of gravity enhances BRZ's sensuous beauty with its shapely fender flares. The aesthetic beauty is combined with functional beauty that advances aerodynamics through such areas as the C-pillar shape, rear glass inclination, trunk lid layout. As would be expected from a sports car, the front and rear overhangs were shortened to express the BRZ's liveliness. The front fender is accentuated with a distinctive garnish.
  • Rear fascia
The projecting rear wheel arches sit by way of contrast to the compact cabin and emphasizes the beauty of the BRZ's rear view.
  • Interior
Details were carefully designed to allow a new level of fun-to-drive experience in which the driver and vehicle become one. - The steering wheel was made smaller to achieve sports car maneuverability. - A tachometer with digitally displayed speedometer is placed in the center of the gauges so that the driver can instantly see information without diverting attention from the road. - Bespoke sports car seats were designed to hold the driver and passenger and feature lowered sitting positions to match the "ultra-low center of gravity package". Mechanisms
  • Engine
Making full use of the design concept of the new-generation Boxer engine, the newly developed engine made exclusively for the BRZ is highly efficient with superior output and environmental friendliness. It realizes an exhilarating high revving nature of a naturally aspirated sports engine. - It has square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. - Due to the joint development with Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota's direct injection and port injection technology "D-4S" was incorporated in the BRZ's power unit. - To achieve the "ultra-low center of gravity package", the engine as a whole has been made more compact by such means as adopting the shorter intake manifold and the shallower oil pan.
  • Transmission
The joy of sports car driving was realized through a transmission that focuses on shift feel and response. - The 6-speed MT employs a short stroke shift lever. The lever was optimized in rigidity, shift quality and weight application in its pursuit of a superb shift feel. - The 6-speed AT has "S mode" for better shifting response and "M mode" for optional shifting. Also, with the paddle shift and downshifting blipping control, this model can respond faithfully to the driver's inputs.
  • Body
The lightweight yet highly-rigid body was developed exclusively to maximize the advantages of the "ultra-low center of gravity package". - Low center of gravity and low driving position were achieved by the perimeter type body frame layout. - The body has a rigid and durable frame structure that also works in balance with the vehicle's light-weight. The rigidity is optimized for high drivability and appropriate durability is maintained for collision safety. - High tensile steel was used in the body to contribute to weight reduction. Effective use of this material in the upper structure of the BRZ contributed to its low center of gravity. - The front hood employs aluminum for lightness. The structure was fine-tuned for a low styling that also improves pedestrian protection performance.
  • Chassis
Excellent maneuverability and stability of the "ultra-low center of gravity package" offers direct and sharp response to steering and enhances driver's connection to the car - The front suspension employs struts for light-weight and high rigidity, while a double wishbone layout is adopted at the rear for better shock absorption. - To gain a low front hood from the "ultra-low center of gravity package", the front strut mount was lowered while maintaining the stroke. - The tires are 215/45R17 combined with lightweight and highly rigid aluminum wheels. - All models are equipped with electronic stability control to provide both driving pleasure and safety. Major Specifications
Overall Length X Width X Height (mm) / (in) 4,240 X 1,775 X 1,300 170 X 70 X 52
Wheelbase (mm) / (in) 2,570 / 101
Curb weight (kg) / (lb) 1,220 / 2,689 *1*2
Maximum output (kw(PS)) / hp 147(200) / 200 *1
Maximum torque (N.m(kg.m)) / (lb/ft) 205(20.9) / 151 *1
Power unit Engine 2.0-liter Horizontally-Opposed Boxer Direct Injection engine
  Transmission 6MT/E-6AT
Drive train Rear-wheel drive
Suspension front: strut / rear: double wishbone
Tire size 215/45R17
*1 reference value  
*2 average value  

Nissan Reveals Juke Nismo Concept

Nissan has announced that they will be making the world debut of the Juke Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show later this week.  Though the press release from Nissan is mostly filled with fluff about driver experience and stuff that doesn't matter.  What does matter is that the Juke Nismo concept features a fairly attractive body kit which Nissan says effectively reduces the amount of lift on the Juke without increasing drag to help improve traction. Nismo suspension bits have been added to stiffen the Juke and give it a more aggressive stance in  Wider Nismo 19" wheels finish off the look while also giving the Juke a larger contact patch.  Nissan also mentions that the engine has been upgraded using Nismo specific parts but doesn't go into any great depth about what parts are used or what the resulting power output is. The Juke Nismo Concept looks pretty much ready to go for showrooms so we'd expect it to go on sale in the near future in some form or fashion.  You can also bet on a full line of Nismo aftermarket parts being made available to fit onto existing Juke models.    We have to say that the Juke has certainly grown on us over the last few months and that this Nismo Juke Concept looks pretty damn cool.  We hope to see them on the roads before too long.

Volkswagen Announces Passat Alltrack

Volkswagen has announced an addition to the Passat lineup with the Passat Alltrack for the European market.  Available only in estate form, the Passat Alltrack features Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine in either 140 PS or 170 PS flavors.  The 140 PS models are mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the 170 PS models get a six-speed DSG transmission as standard. To back up the Alltrack name, Volkswagen has fitted the Passat with front and rear underbody skid plates, and has increased ground clearance from 135mm to 165mm.  As a result, breakaway angle has increased from 9.5 degrees to 12.8 degrees and restyled bumpers increase approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees.  Volkswagen has also altered the ESP programming on the Passat Alltrack to make it better suited for loose surfaces by making use of an electronic differential to control wheel spin. The Passat Alltrack will make its debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe in July, though there is no word on this model making its way over to the North American market.