2013 Scion FR-S Starts Below $25,000

March 22, 2012

If you've been looking lustily at pics of the Scion FR-S, we have good news: pricing has just been announced for the sleek new sports car, and it's set to ring in at less than $25,000.

The FR-S debuts with two transmissions: a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The manual starts at $24,200, while the automatic kicks off at $25,300. (Note: those prices don't include $730 for delivery, processing, and handling.) Ordinarily, we'd expect most shoppers to opt for the manual, but the automatic comes with paddle shifters, which should keep the driving experience fun.

No matter which transmission you choose, the rear-wheel-drive FR-S comes with a 2.0-liter, flat-four, naturally aspirated engine up front, which is capable of 200 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. Combined with the FR-S's low weight, that should provide even more opportunities for entertainment on the road.

When you need to slow down, you'll appreciated the FR-S's ventilated disc brakes, mated to 17-inch alloy wheels. The car's suspension includes MacPherson struts on the front end and a double-wishbone system in the back.

Inside, the FR-S’s front seats are positioned fairly low, and the back seats can fold flat, should you need to do some schlepping. The instrument cluster is dominated by a large tachometer, which offers a programmable shift-indicator. The three gauges offer both analog and digital readouts.

While cruising, you'll enjoy the FR-S's eight-speaker, 300-watt Pioneer audio system, which is hooked to -- among other things -- an HD radio. The system comes with Bluetooth capability, allowing users to pair their phones and other devices for hands-free calls and streaming tunes. 

Pricing hasn't yet been announced for the FR-S's nearly identical twin, the Subaru BRZ, but it's also expected to start around $25,000. However, Subaru has said that it's only bringing 6,000 BRZs to the U.S., so laying your hands on one might be a little trickier than nabbing an FR-S.

For more info on the 2013 Scion FR-S, check out our sister site, MotorAuthority.com.

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