The FR-S, the sports car that could save Scion, officially went on sale nationwide Tuesday.
Scion is counting on strong sales of the car, co-developed with Subaru, right out of the gate.
“The incredibly positive buzz surrounding the FR-S has generated an impressive list of hand-raisers and pre-sold orders,” said Scion Vice President Jack Hollis. “We can’t wait for performance driving enthusiasts to get into the FR-S because we know that they are going to love it.”
At $24,200 before $730 in destination charges for the six-speed manual, the Scion FR-S could compete with sports cars priced a lot closer to $30,000 or above. The six-speed automatic version starts at $25,300.
It will be expensive compared with the rest of Scion line, where none of the other models cost more than $20,000. FR-S joins the long-in-the-tooth xB crossover, xD subcompact car and sporty tC in the lineup. Just to be unexpected and quirky, Scion also has the Smart-like iQ minicar.
The FR-S is all about performance. Even its name: FR-S stands for front-engine, rear-wheel drive, sport. The car is lightweight and has suspension for superior sports-car handling. Its 2-liter boxer engine is rated 34 miles per gallon on the highway with the automatic transmission, and 30 mpg with the manual transmission.