Detroit 2012: 2013 Scion FR-S Prepares for Formula Drift

Few new cars have been met with as much anticipation as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins. Affordable rear-drive cars have all but vanished from the market and we’re hoping these platformmates will inspire a new generation of car enthusiasts.

Scion was conceived as a brand for younger buyers and the FR-S looks to be the first Scion designed for young people who enjoy driving. Earlier Scion products were more about customization and personalization with different wheels, graphics packages, and a bunch of different choices for minor items like interior trim. An odd performance exhaust or air intake could be found in the Scion parts catalog, but there wasn’t much else to improve the performance of your xA, xB, xD, or tC. Ok, the tC parts catalog offered a supercharger for a few years, but that option went away in 2007. The FR-S should change all that.

One thing Scion has been doing to interest younger enthusiasts is competing in the Formula Drift series. Scion’s newest drift car will be a 600 hp version of the new FR-S coupe that’s been tuned by GReddy, a tuner that’s been racing Toyotas for two decades. Details on the impressive power gains aren’t being announced right now, but it’s safe to assume the drift FR-S isn’t normally aspirated anymore.

If the drift series announcement has you on the edge of your seat and you can’t wait to get your own FR-S, you might want to check out, where anyone can enter to be one of the first 86 Scion FR-S owners. The site is open on January 12th at noon and you’ll have 8 hours and 6 minutes to submit your request for early delivery.

Wondering what the fascination with “86” is about? That would be a reference to Toyota’s Corolla GT-S, known to enthusiasts the world over as AE86. There’s a commemorative badge on the fender of every FR-S with a stylized 86 logo and a pair of horizontally opposed pistons. In another cute coincidence, the bore and stroke of the boxer four set down low in the FR-S engine bay is 86 x 86 mm.

For more on the 2013 Scion FR-S check out our First Drive here. For more on the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Detroit Show homepage.

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2012 Scion iQ

2012 Scion iQ

MSRP $15,265 Base Hatchback

0-60 MPH:

10.8 SECS


36 City / 37 Hwy

Safety (NHTSA):