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Light, nimble, with approachable limits, the 2014 Scion FR-S is one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the road.
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At the test track, a manual-equipped FR-S sprinted to 60 mph from a standstill in 6.5 seconds: fairly quick, if not as speedy as more powerful but heavier sport coupes.

Downshift, and downshift often. Keep the revs high and you'll be happy. And so will the Scion.
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On paper, and in the face of the ever-escalating pony-car horsepower war, the FR-S’s 200 hp might seem inadequate. It’s not.
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Passing on the highway takes careful timing and patience to pick the right spot because the FR-S doesn't jump away at higher speeds once the accelerator is mashed.

You can toss the tail out around almost any turn, but the car is so small it feels completely under control.
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With just one engine and two transmissions available in the 2014 Scion FR-S, it's easy to pick the variant you want. Fortunately, both configurations reward the driver with curve after curve of driving pleasure thanks to the solid, well-tuned chassis.

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.


Light, nimble, with approachable limits, the 2014 Scion FR-S is one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the road.

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