Since the Scion brand was retired last year, the auto industry has been abuzz with news of the Scion FR-S being rebranded as the Toyota 86.
If you haven’t heard about the new Toyota 86, where have you been? Since the Scion brand was retired last year, the auto industry has been abuzz with news of the Scion FR-S being rebranded as the Toyota 86 beginning in 2017.
A joint creation with Subaru, the 86 sports car brings new verve to the Toyota lineup at a competitive price. The two-door 2017 86 coupe is offered in seven different body colors, including Ablaze, Raven, Oceanic, and Halo.
Under the hood of the 2017 Toyota 86 rests a rough-and-tumble 2.0-liter four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission (or available automatic, if you prefer).
While its 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque may be expected, what is surprising is the 27 mpg combined city/highway fuel economy the 86 gets with automatic transmission. Its 2,774-pound curb weight keeps it light on its toes, able to soar from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
The 86 doesn’t come in a million trim levels like other vehicles that expect you to pay more to get what you want. Instead, this Toyota coupe offers all its standard features in the sole “L” trim—from sport bucket seats and backup camera to eight-speaker sound system and keyless entry.
Good things come in small packages, and that remains true with the 2015 Scion FR-S. A creation of Toyota and Subaru co-development, the model is similar to the Subaru BRZ. They share the same platform, powertrain, and exterior/interior components. The difference lies in minor styling details and features.
The FR-S is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter Boxer engine. The 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque makes its way to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission (paddle shifters on the steering wheel included). Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a touchscreen.
The Scion FR-S comes in a single trim level with no fancy factory options. Instead, Scion offers dealer-installed accessories like audio systems, different wheels, performance engine, and suspension parts. Inside, the car comes with bucket seats in the front and what is essentially cargo room in the back.
If you aren’t carrying more than two people and want a little speed without the costly sports car price, the 2015 Scion FR-S is the car for you. While not what’s considered a classic sports car, the FR-S proves there’s much more to a sports car than power.
A new grille. A more aggressive design. A rev matching transmission. These are just a few things that make the 2014 Scion tC “King of the Coupe.”
For 2014, the Scion tC coupe was engineered with some giddy up. In an effort to make every gear shift smooth and satisfying, Scion developed a revolutionary six-speed automatic transmission with Dynamic Rev Management. Now the Scion tC can downshift in one, quick motion.
In addition, the 2014 tC adds enhanced steering, an upgraded suspension, better handling, and redesigned 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels. And let’s not forgot about the high-tech Pioneer® touch-screen interface with hands-free phone and display audio. This is one advanced coupe. And fast. We can’t forget fast.
See the new 2014 Scion tC in action and make sure to stop by Dick Dyer Scion to test drive this bad boy!