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2013 Scion FR-S First Drive

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This car is the real deal. Really. Shod in crappy European Prius tires (seriously--that\'s the standard tire), loosed in the hands of a dozen journalists, and ham-fisted silly for hours on track, the FR-S never once failed to impress the assembled host. In fact, it took its licks and asked for more, even on the wet skid pad and too-tight autocross course. Brake fade/overheating? None. Even after hours of back-to-back sessions on a 1.5-mile loop of Spring Mountain\'s road course. The FR-S is a sports car. Disclaimer: Scion flew me out to Vegas, put me up in a hotel/casino chock full of bad video poker and worse video keno, apparently designed to draw the 70-and-up crowd, and fed me surprisingly good food and alcohol during my stay. I still don\'t like the casino. It\'s also a very nice little street car. Comfortable, quiet, seemingly well-made and attractive inside, the Scion version of the Subaru-Toyota joint sports coupe project is a winner even when you\'re not sliding the Torsen-equipped rear-end around. But it\'s way more fun when you are. Despite the 200-horsepower rating of the D-4S port/direct-injected Boxer 2.0-liter four, the engine feels a bit anemic, particularly below about 4,500 rpm. It also feels a bit anemic at the top end, too, but that may have had something to do with the 5,400-foot elevation of the test ground. Back at a more reasonable 3,000-foot elevation, the car felt a bit peppier, though it still wasn\'t quite what we\'d call a strong 200 horsepower. Nevertheless, gas mileage on the highway was impressive, easily topping 34 mpg for extended stretches above 70 mph.Surprisingly good. Neutral. A willing trail-braker, ready to hold an easy constant slip angle through a fast turn, compliant and predictable at the limits of adhesion. It\'s a car a skilled and experienced driver can relish for its flexibility and willingness to do as asked, and a car that can train a new driver to ask it--rather than tell it--to do those things. It\'s almost like it\'s not a Toyota at all. Of course, that\'s because it\'s a Scion, designed by Subaru. But we won\'t begrudge Toyota the credit for backing the project in the first place; it\'s very much deserved. This is a fun little car. It\'s not perfect, of course. The noted lack of torque is definitely an issue. It\'s not as light as we might like, either, though it\'s a featherweight by modern standards at about 2,700-2,800 pounds depending on trim. The six-speed manual gearbox is excellent, with very short, crisp shifts and almost zero play, in or out of gear. The six-speed automatic is less so, often hunting between gears at highway speeds. It\'s a bit slow to upshift in manual mode, and delays longer than necessary if a downshift is requested too high in the rev range, issuing a peeved little beep to let you know it\'s not going to obey right away. It\'s also a bit spartan for some inside; a fancy head unit with some limited apps functionality is coming, but it\'s basically just instruments, stereo, and climate control, ensconced in darkish plastic and soft-touch rubber stuff. We find the last weakness to be a strong suit, however. It\'s a pure little sports car, free of the techno-affection that spurns our desire for simplicity, doing what it does and refusing to apologize for what it doesn\'t. In fact, the FR-S is special largely because it\'s not special at all.

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