Power isn't the Scion FR-S's strong suit. A 200-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder horizontally opposed ("Boxer") engine sits low and rearward in the nose, linked to either a six-speed manual or a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic powering the rear wheels. Maximum torque output is 151 pound-feet, arriving at 400 rpm short of the 7,000-rpm power peak. Neither power nor torque figures are impressive, even for a lightweight sports car. Fortunately, the FR-S is less about its 6.8-second 0-60 mph time than it is about what it does entering a corner at 60 mph.
What the FR-S does in corners is convert gasoline and $25,000 into an infinite supply of fun behind the wheel. Light, tossable, and balanced, the limits of the Scion FR-S aren't very high, thanks in part to fairly low-grip standard tires, but they're very approachable, and, best of all, it's easy to keep the FR-S near those limits--a feat almost impossible, on the street or the track, in stratospherically high-performance cars.
A number of factory performance upgrades are also available, including: a cold-air intake; an exhaust system; lowering springs; strut tie braces; anti-roll bars; upgraded wheels; and larger brake kits.