Remember how the Lexus LFA race car debuted long before we ever saw the final production car? Well, it appears that parent company Toyota is planning to pull a similar stunt with its FT-86 Scion FR-S coupe.

Here, we see a racier FR-S prototype being prepped for this weekend's German VLN race at the Nürburgring. Even with the revised wheels, front fascia, and Subaru STI-embarrassing wing out back, we can still get a good glimpse of what the production FR-S will look like when it debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

We'll have more details after this weekend's activities, and we're eagerly awaiting the official FR-S reveal in just a few weeks.


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      FeMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL, the guy in the last picture has a HUGE wedgie.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
        I hope you're either a chick or a homosexual male. Because no straight man needs to be looking at some dude's a**.
      Joey Lopez
      • 3 Years Ago
      I give it a month after this thing is out we will see some one drop in a 2jZ in there. Some how.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think everyone should be prepared for this car to put down some good numbers, but not Earth-shattering numbers. ... remember, this is supposed to be a +/- mid-$20k. Its going to have decent power, but its not aimed at the same segment as the Z or other 300+ HP sportscars.
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        If it costs mid $20s and doesn't have 300 HP, it's going to be a failure. Why would you buy a Toyota for $25k if you can get a RWD Mustang or Camaro V6 with ~300 hp (closer to 330 for the Camaro) for $23k starting?
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          Same reason why the miata is so much fun, you can't replace lightness with horsepower.
          Zoom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          Because not everyone wants to be a douche driving a mustang or camaro.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          @Zoom Says the guy with the BMW avatar...
      ELG
      • 3 Years Ago
      scion? looks like a toyota badge on the back.
        Rich M.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ELG
        in the u.s. market it will be badged a scion while in other markets that doesn't have the scion brand will be badge as a toyota.
      Drew510
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is it the more I look at the two different prototypes, I think this is going to be basically a badge swap between the Subaru and the Toyota/Scion? I really hope there is at least SOME differenciation between them. So far, the look identical outside the wheels.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is the toyota version...just look at the badges!
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      That rear spoiler is a bit "exaggerated", height-wise.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        It's a race car...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Andre, this car will be utilized in the Nurburgring 24 race. It is a race car. The car will be used to develop the car more regarding suspension tuning and overall performance.
      Rich M.
      • 3 Years Ago
      forgot where i read it but the lead engineer said the car will weigh about 2550lbs. if that's the case and based on some light info of a high revving boxer with 200hp and 2550lbs, it should have the power to weight ratio of the s2000 or RX-8. it seems the area they're focusing a lot of the attention is the way it drives and the weight. can't wait to see the car in action...
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks just like a modern day Supera!
      cislam71
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man between those headlights and that license plate/trunk area this thing screams 'baby' LFA to me. Not to mention that trick F1 style diffuser brake light! I can only hope it makes it to production. And to be honest...that Toyota badge looks right at home on that car...let's keep it that way!!! :D
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        I suggest looking at the other pictures before making the assumption that it's a large overhang. http://www.autoblog.com/photos/scion-fr-s-race-car-spy-shots/full/#photo-4524679/ The main article picture is just an optical illusion. And no, it's not FWD. It would be pointless to call it the "FR"-S, since "FR" in the name stands for "front-engined, rear wheel drive"
        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        The front overhang does seem long for a RWD. You can see that the front wheels are quite close to the windshield. Here's the MX-5 for comparison... http://www.autoblog.com/photos/review-2009-mazda-mx-5-miata/#photo-2331295/
          Jared
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jake
          It's due to the north-south layout of the horizontal engine. That's why Subarus always have long front overhangs.
        David Phenix Mt'tw
        • 3 Years Ago
        No its RWD
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good job Toyota! THIS is how you debut a sports car: you race the hell out of it!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        They're not debuting it at the race. It's still going to be heavily disguised just like the LF-A prototypes were before the LF-A was unveiled.
        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        Agree with Jonathan ! This is the samething they did with the LFA and look at how great handling and the performace of that car is.
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