When the FT-86 concept was unveiled last year at the New York International Auto Show, I was skeptical as to whether or not the production model would look anything like the concept. The concept car was edgy, sleek, and sexy – everything it should be. I was ecstatic when I saw the first shots of the production version of the Scion FR-S. It was everything I had hoped for and more.
Scion says that "FR-S" stands for Front-engine Rear-wheel-drive Sport. Even though the FR-S isn't the first car to be created with all three of these attributes, they decided it was a fitting name for the only sports car in their lineup. In the last 50 years, I would estimate that over 80% of other sports cars follow this drivetrain configuration. Scion improved upon this style of car by including just enough technology to help the driver without hindering the driving experience. They also made the FR-S affordable and practical enough that just about enthusiast wanting a sports car could justify it. Akio Toyoda (president of Toyota) dreamed of a car that could bring passion back to their lineup. By pooling resources with Subaru, they did just that.