Scion FR-S Test Drive

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Scion FR-S Test Drive

Sorry for the late reply guys. Its been pretty crazy.

Ok, let's talk about FR-S! I'll try to keep it to the point and simply point out things that havent been talked about here already. If you have any questions let me know.

Here we go! My wife and I arrived at the event about 10 min early, proceeded to sign up, and were presented with a cool FR-S hat! +1 Scion! I don't have pictures of the hat but I can take a pic if you guys want me to.

After registration, we started looking around and talking to the staff about the car and the event. Here's something I didn't know - It comes with a 2 year maintenance program! You pay nothing on maintenance for 2 years - Every Scion gets it. Anyways, a few minutes after we got there it started raining. Our session got delayed for about 20 min. When the rain seized, they proceeded to enlighten us with their knowledge about the car and of course track rules. See below:

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Let me tell you about the cars at the event - There were 4 of them and they were all equally tuned. A Hot Lava, a Raven Black, Firestorm red, and I forget the name of the white one. They all had Enkei wheels with Yokohama 225 tires all around. TRD 1.2" lowering springs and TRD Catback exhaust. They were all automatics as well, unfortunately. All these options will be available through Scion except the Enkei wheels. They used Enkei wheels because the TRD wheels are still in development.

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If you take note from the pic below, this car likes being lowered. The arms are perfectly flat even though it has been lowered 1.2" already.

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The interior is quite impressive at this price point. I actually enjoy being inside this car more than a Ferrari California! My wife says she's quite impressed and she doesn't really like the interior in sports cars. She was expecting the car to be uncomfortable.

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Pointing out aerodynamics features such as this - Look at the red arrow.

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Now that you know what the car specs are, let's look at the track. I took a satellite image and drew the track layout (from memory) just to give you an idea. The track is approx. 1 mile and during my session, because of the wet track, track layout, and traction control having to stay on at all times, there wasn't really a chance to open it up beyond 1st gear. The start is by the sidewalk at the upper right corner.

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Onto the drive!


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Like I said before, the track was soaking wet when we started (not as pictured - that picture was taken at another time) and we had to keep traction control on at all times. We all get to go twice. For my first drive, I chose to leave the car in automatic mode as I didn't know the car or the track. In this setting the transmission is absolutely HORRIBLE! There's absolutely no torque to get you going fast. Once you let go of the gas pedal, there's a complete disconnect and a big gap from the time you let go, hit the brakes, to hitting the gas again. It seemed like it took forever! - That along with traction control kicking in made for a completely horrible drive! It absolutely ruined the good things about the car.

Next it was my wife's turn to drive - She was rearranging the rear view mirrors and all even though there wasn't going to be anyone behind her - It gave me the great pleasure of admiring the car from the passenger side and I enjoyed it quite a lot, which isn't common for me! Being in the passenger seat allowed me to look at the incredibly deep and large dashboard, the nice materials (again at this price point) and how well arranged and well placed everything is! (Yeah, she was driving that slow Scion FR-S test drive)

The second time around, I specifically asked to drive the "Black One" - Is a color thing I said - The guy said Ok, but I know he was laughing inside! LOL.

This time I chose for the manual mode using the paddle shifters. Again, there wasn't really a lot of space to warrant going into second gear specially with a wet track. I tried it once and I just had to immediately shift back into 1st.

The tranny was a lot more responsive and engaging in this mode. It allowed me to experience and enjoy the rest of the car a lot more. Even though I never went above (ummm 35-40mph?) the track layout allowed me to experience every engineering dollar that went into this car! The steering is incredibly responsive and short. The driving position is excellent and the brakes are quite nice as well (they WRX brakes). Having being in the LFA, I can certainly see the influence and with this car being lowered it actually had a better CoG than an LFA by .25".

So far, the little experience I've had with this car has made me want it more and more! From the stunning looks, specially when lowered, to the amazing engineering behind it. Everywhere you look, you can see how much thought it was put into each piece!

Here's a video my wife took of me going 'round the track. Sorry for the shaking and the narrow video. She was using her phone vertically.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZtFE...ature=youtu.be

If Toyota were to bring the Supra back with as much thought as this car, BRACE yourselves!!!!

I also wanted to point out the very large rock panels! I bet these provide tons of rigidity.

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Check out the VIN tag - Subaru logo everywhere! Also, what ever happened with the first 86 owners getting the first 86 cars? At the track we had Numbers 68, 72, and not sure about the other two.


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EDIT: BTW, Chris B. is a friend of mine. We were at the track together.