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With inspiration taken from classic Japanese sports cars--all Toyotas--like the 2000 GT, the Sports 800, and the AE86, the Scion FR-S and its other platform mates bear the hallmarks of the original sports coupe formula: low hoods, streamlined roofs, and short, bluff rear ends.
Distinguishing the FR-S from the Subaru BRZ, which is essentially the same car wearing different badges, is in the details. The FR-S gets its own front and rear-end treatment, with a slightly less aggressive grille opening, but the overall effect is the same. Mild fender bulges stick up above the hood, visible from within the cockpit. A short flat area between the A-pillar and the fender, intended to mimic the long, flared lines of the 2000 GT, ends up being a bit too compressed in the FR-S and its stablemates, but that's our only complaint with the exterior of the FR-S.
Inside, the cabin is nicely finished in carbon-look accents and solid, durable-feeling plastics. Lots of soft-touch elements can be found on the dash, doors, and center console area. The overall aesthetic is simple, nearly monotone, and sporty. The gauge cluster puts the tachometer front-and-center with a simple information display that gives the driver the necessary details without looking cluttered.
A simple, classically-inspired exterior meets an equally simple yet modern interior in the 2013 Scion FR-S.