2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Scion

image2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

Driving our supercharged 2013 Scion FR-S.

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  • quadricyclequadricycle Member Posts: 827
    Numbers are important, but only tell part of the story. This post is more relevant to me than the other, where the "0-60mph above all else" crowd is having a field day. I'm more interested in drivability and how the car acts and fells than all out acceleration. From this post, I would say that the supercharger was worth it.
  • legacygtlegacygt Member Posts: 599
    Interesting perspective. When the initial specs on this car came out, much was made about the "Prius" tires and how awful they were. From your post it seems like those tires were well matched with the rest of the car in stock form in terms of making it fun. Enhancing the grip alone, made the overall experience less enjoyable. I guess the engineers knew what they were doing with the stock car relative to the goal of making it cheap, simple and fun. Now you guys are going through a similar process to retain the "just right" nature of the car while making it faster.
  • jederinojederino Member Posts: 0
    I agree, I think this demonstrates how Toyota arrived at the decision to use hard tires to match the power. I believe I read that Toyota made 200 hp a priority. I wonder if they could have tuned for more effective torque delivery and better feeling engine had they not made that the benchmark?
  • agentorangeagentorange Member Posts: 893
    "I believe I read that Toyota made 200 hp a priority. I wonder if they could have tuned for more effective torque delivery and better feeling engine had they not made that the benchmark?" I would say definitely, but the US consumer is so fickle/ignorant that Toyota had little choice but to tune for 200hp peak. Look at the way the 0-60 crowd are beating on Edmunds when the real benefit of the blower is elsewhere in the power delivery. Dumbasses [/Red Foreman]
  • jederinojederino Member Posts: 0
    @agentorange: spot on! I think 0-60 times and peak horsepower should be a footnote behind discussion of engine character and satisfaction of power delivery. Enthusiasts want fun and involving cars, which gets murky when some are fixated on benchracing the
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