Greddy tuned Scion FR-S arrives at Cars and Coffee!

Since their debuts in Tokyo and Los Angeles the sport coupe triplets: Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT-86 and Scion FR-S have received quite a bit of attention from enthusiasts. However, Scion's FR-S has received the least. So Scion in the U.S. thought it might be fair to give the GReddy tuned FR-S a surprise appearance on the street in public for the first time. The occassion was the Cars & Coffee car show in Irvine, California over the weekend and as you can see in the video the coupe received a lot of attention from everyone ranging from internet expert boys to older exotic car owners.


12/10/2011
Cars & Coffee, Irvine, CA

A surprise UN-announced appearance of Scion FRS makes it's FIRST public appearance of the car on the road. (Scion version). This was the black car presented at the Scion Preview Private event last week. Today it was accompanied by Club4AG member's AE86's at the meet.

What a success! All the folks swarmed into the car almost magnetically, and there were several young folks who claimed position of expert (from reading rumors and what not on the internet...lol) and even the older exotic car owners simply marveled at the construction, engine layout, and other details of the car. There weren't enough of us to answer the riot of people and questions. Still, The FIRST EVER STREET outing of the FRS, complete surprise and unannounced shocked the show visitors, and lucky by-standers got a treat of seeing this occasion.

Got to operate it a bit today and thought I'd share some of the less techy side of it and concentrate on the intrinsic of what is special...

I didn't get to go no more than to feel the clutch, steering, shift linkages, and brakes. But let me tell you, within just a few dozen yards of this car, even before the full around the block. OMG...!!

The steering feel is on the heavy side like a proper sports car, possibly VERY communicative at speed, the clutch pedal stroke is almost a dead clone of the AE86, triple pedal layout is spot on for heel and toe, the engine response is about as good as my 20V blackhead on Freedom ECU, seat position against vehicle controls were akin to what most of us place with a low-bracket aftermarket seats in the AE86, the cabin engine noise is effectively orchestrated by Yamaha, Subaru and Toyota working on a epic concert, just as defined as my LFA ride experience just a day before this.

Also I need to note that the front A pillar is really similar to the LFA, and front window raked about the same from the inside. Lots of headroom. I'm 5-10 and you can see from the photo, I have a lot left in headroom. I think anyone up to 6-2 or so will fit fine with a helmet, thanks to the very low seating position. The OEM bucket seat is spectacular! It may be a bit tight at the shoulder bolsters for the widest of folks, but for me it seemed tailored to my shoulders.

Shift linkage is very short throw for an OEM box with perhaps 4 inch travel from 3rd-4th at the top of the shift lever. The shift feel is nothing I have felt in a Toyota-Aisin box before, its as precise and firm as a brand new BMW M3.

I first bent in butt-first into the low seats, then holding the steering wheel, I swung over my feet over the rather wide side sills. (I can see the structural rigidity just by looking at these sills) It's a VERY low seating position. Once I adjusted my seat via slider and recliner, I noticed everything else just seem to fall right where I needed it. Pretty close to a modified AE86 race ****pit seating position. Firm seats hold you snug at the thigh, and shoulders, where it counts the most for tactile feel of the road. The ritual needed to ingress/egress is pretty special, and you really get a sense of the fact that you are climbing in and out of a sports car, again similar to getting into an LFA.

Moto Miwa


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Scion FRS - with Greddy USA and Club4AG by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Note the LFA-like front sub window at the leading front of the door. by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


Gorgeous car... by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr


You have NO idea how long I have been waiting for this day. by Moto@Club4AG, on Flickr




Mark Vaghn of AutoWeek Magazine and TV got the first official street drive in the Pre-Production form with the 797 MFG CA Plates.

See Greddy Scion FR-S in video:
See video

See video LFAとFRSの比較、たった10時間の差の間で、LFAに座った後にFRSに座り込んで、真っ先に思ったのが、ポジションとコントロールの位置、前方の景色(視界)などが似ている・・・ 最高じゃないですか!  しかも、クラッチやシフトレバーの感覚などは、ちょいといい感じにチューニングした後のAE86と似ており、AE86カローラで長年協議やオフ会で遊んだ奴にはそのまましっくり乗れそうな雰囲気。。。  買うしかないでしょ! これ、FRS/BRZに今、ほれ込んでいるアメリカに関してはスバルで3万ドル払うか、サイオンで2.5万ドル・・・で50万円分日本から部品調達するか・・・ この後、発売までの商品合成の細かな部分にかかっているようだ。 200万円強のこの車、旧ハチロクとLFAの合体ですね~ 素晴らしい!

Comments

I will have to get the Scion but I want the fog lamps and Toyota symbols. I am going to take the FR-S and turn it into the GT 86. The FR-S has been stripped down when it comes to head lamps, fog lights and so on. If I could import the GT 86 from Europe I would. On a positive note the FR-S should be cheeper.

Jeff Gray