The Scion team is still giddy about the FR-S, and we can't blame them. We were in the mood for 200 horsepower and 2,700 pounds, and the FR-S is ready and willing to tickle our fancy. So it was understandable that Scion didn't have an all-new model to show us this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but Toyota's car-loving brand did provide a taste of the FR-S "race" car.

The drift car isn't just a fun project. Instead, it's the result of a partnership between Scion Racing and GReddy, and will compete in the 2012 Formula DRIFT series with veteran driver Ken Gushi.

We're guessing that the production FR-S won't go anywhere near 600 horsepower without some serious aftermarket work, but we'll at least have this drifter to drool over. Hit the jump to read over Scion's press release, and be sure to click through the high resolution images of the FR-S race car in the gallery above.
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Detroit – January 9, 2012 – Scion today unveiled its Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S race car during a press conference at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The FR-S will be competing in the 2012 Formula DRIFT series with veteran driver Ken Gushi behind the wheel.

The 600-horsepower FR-S race car is the result of a collaboration between Scion Racing and GReddy, a performance-products company that has been involved with Toyota and racing for over twenty years.

The race car is inspired by the 2013 Scion FR-S, a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will go on sale in the spring of 2012. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family.

"First 86" Program
In response to a large volume of FR-S hand-raisers, Scion also announced that it will launch a special program called "First 86." The program will give 86 lucky people the opportunity to be among the first to own the Scion FR-S. The selected 86 owners will take delivery of their car before it goes on-sale to the general public. Starting Jan. 12 at Noon EST, FR-S enthusiasts will have 8 hours and 6 minutes to submit their request at www.ScionFirst86.com.

BeSpoke Infotainment Audio System
Scion also announced that its 2013 FR-S will be the first car to offer a connected infotainment audio system called BeSpoke, powered by Pioneer's Zypr™. Scion's BeSpoke aims to offer a higher level of connectivity with features that drivers have been asking for such as access to a wide variety of personalized content and services.

"Beginning last year, all Scion models come standard with Bluetooth® Hands-Free and HD Radio™ Technology," said Jack Hollis, Vice President Scion. "Scion's new BeSpoke system will take in-car technology to the next level, offering owners the ability to be more connected."

2013 Scion FR-S
The FR-S – which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport – is Scion's definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising MPG.

"Serving as a laboratory for Toyota, Scion is always experimenting with new things," Hollis said. "The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will no doubt serve as the halo car, expanding Scion into a new dimension of driving performance."

Inspired by the AE86 Toyota Corolla, the FR-S is designed around the core goal of achieving "Pure Balance," which begins with the strategic use of the world's only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine's compact size and flat shape allow it to be mounted mid-ship and extremely low, giving the car a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47, and a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars.

The FR-S's 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru. The partnership begins by combining Subaru's newly developed horizontally opposed engine and Toyota's cutting-edge D-4S injection system, which incorporates both direct and port injection. The D-4S system, partnered with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, results in an impressive 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

The flat-four mates with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts with a short-throw; while the automatic transmission features aggressive up shifts and sporty rev-matched down shifts that are initiated by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is transferred to the pavement via a limited-slip differential.

The idea of "Pure Balance" is further realized by the FR-S's lightweight design and compact size. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of corners, with dynamic maneuverability and confident handling. The coupe's weight is kept to a minimum by utilizing an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and by featuring a trunk design instead of a hatchback.

The FR-S's interior features a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind. The front seats are mounted extremely low and are comfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. The large center-mounted tachometer is the focus of the three-gauge cluster, keeping the driver informed of the engine's vitals. Speed is monitored by both digital and analog gauges.


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      adam512
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they realease a high powered version of the FR-S and BR-Z , its good to have a lower powered and higher powered version a bit like the celica, to cater for everyones needs! What people wont understand is, It might not be so affordable after a higher powered version comes out. Thats what you get for complaining, cant get everything :D
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's serious heat coming from Toyota / Scion, I say the FS-R should enter into Nur 24hr or GT3 championship :)
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hyundai didn't debut the car, RMR did. RMR was the one building the engine. It took a lot of time to develop that 550hp beast, so RMR threw in a Nissan engine. This is most likely eight the EJ25 or the new 2.0L.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Eight? Where the hell did "eight" come from?
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        Though I'm thinking it's some variation of the EJ, it wouldn't surprise me if it was the Sienna motor again. Or even the Tc's motor turned sideways, considering the development Scion Racing has done with it already. Personally, I'm looking forward to Kumakubo getting his hands on a BR-Z.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          Ken Gushi's tC was using the tC's engine, but turned longitudinally.
          jonnybimmer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          There's more than one drifting Scion tC. http://dsportmag.com/browse/cover-story/frenzied-freshmen
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      MORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has to have 600 hp to get the back end to break away because all the weight is hanging in front of the front axle....
        torqued
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        And so far everyone's been kind enough not to point out that the opposite is actually true - weight toward the front would make it easier to break the rear loose. What an amazingly dumb comment.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @torqued
          funny, last time I checked, a lump hanging off the front of your car made it "pushy" - like all Subies & Audis. I guess that is how they plan to keep this over-rated pos in touch with its "roots"
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        [blocked]
        4RR4Y
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Five people beat me to down-voting you...
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4RR4Y
          because....you dont like the TRUTH?! http://www.ausmotive.com/images2011/Subaru-BRZ-cutaway-03.jpg
        ACoon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        you're dumb
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        I checked that link, which apparently proves the engine sits way infront of the front wheels, and it doesnt exist. How convenient. Whether or not it's partially ontop of or fully behind the front axle, it is a lightweight engine mounted quite low. I dont see it being much of a nose heavy understeer queen, and neither have any of the people who have actually driven it to and past its limits. So please find something else to pick about this car. Skinny tires? Low output peaky engine? Looks exactly the same as the Subaru? Overhyped with too much lead up and concepts? The Toyobaru isnt perfect and doesnt need defending by fanboys. But get your facts straight.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          the facts are straight, you can find an image with Google Image Search: subaru brz CHASSIS - just as easily as I can. All I am saying, it is a shame they did dot make this a mid/front engined car - they were soo close to something truly special, instead they made this. http://www.ausmotive.com/2011/10/11/subaru-brz-spied-at-the-nurburgring.html http://www.automotiveaddicts.com/23542/subaru-brz-concept-to-debut-at-la-auto-show
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        What an odd thing to obsessively troll about. On almost every BRZ/FR-S/GT86 article, you repeatedly try to drive home the fact that you think it's a nose plowing, understeering nightmare simply because it has a SLIGHT forward weight bias, like every other front engined rear wheel drive sports car out there (with the possible exception of the long snouted Viper and SLS). You might as well repeatedly moan about how the gearbox will implode because the shifter has 1mm too much free play.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          I just like to see people squirm when they have to face the reality their new beloved star child is over-rated....and just LOOK at the reactions I got!! ;-)
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Lorenzo, it is overhyped, but your comment is retarded.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          @clquake - not as retarded as the hype around this car
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      And this is the part where you all bash this car simply because it wears a Scion badge, yet you'd be on your knees and drooling had a Subaru emblem adorned the front and rear... of the EXACT same vehicle.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
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          rsxvue
          • 2 Years Ago
          Gotta start somewhere -- and I'd say the FR-S is a good start.
          miketim1
          • 2 Years Ago
          Who cares ? You know how many performance cars Toyotas has under its belt compared to Subaru SINGLE WRX? Get over yourself Subaru isnt any better then anyone.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          miketim, you seem to have forgotten all of those performance cars you're talking about went out of production. The STI kept going on and there's also the iconic SVX.
      Prince David
      • 2 Years Ago
      What kind of engine is it? Is it a 4 cylinder or V8 from NASCAR?
        cinoiem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Prince David
        Subaru EJ257.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Prince David
        There was only one car from the 2 previous years that used a TRD NASCAR V8 was Tanner Foust's Rockstar tC. This car will be driven by Ken Gushi, who drove a RWD converted tC that was powered by the same 2.4L found in the tC.
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm, nobody see the nice sticker below the doors that say "Cosworth". Either Cosworth got their hands on the new 2.0, or this is just a variant of the same EJ257 found in the Cosworth STI. They did end up getting 513hp out of the engine.
      Hector Djibaou
      • 2 Years Ago
      600 HP is a bitch much, I mean the darn thing weighed what 2700lb with 200HP. Put some wings on it, and it'll probably fly away now with 3 times the original power and probably 300+ lbs shaved off.
        XT6Wagon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hector Djibaou
        Its "aftermarket" HP. So figure perhaps 500 real HP at most, if not less. Drift cars need a better powerband than dynoqueens and sema showcars.
        sysadm1n
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hector Djibaou
        If it's a bit much, I'll gladly take it.
        Hector Djibaou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hector Djibaou
        Just saying that, that is a lot of power for that small car. Of course it's built that way for a reason but I would like to see how far the new Subaru 2.0 motor can be pushed (in terms of power). If this is indeed a EJ257, I'd say maybe no more than 500HP from the recently developed 2.0. Which puts a smile on my face...now to find space for it!
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hector Djibaou
        Power is like money! You can never have too much! :D
      evilzibob
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's with all the carbon fiber decal stickers? They couldn't get actual carbon fiber?
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @evilzibob
        Uh those are all real carbon fiber...
        Alex Butti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @evilzibob
        The doors are carbon fiber too.
        evilzibob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @evilzibob
        and then front splitter.. and the side skirts...
        evilzibob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @evilzibob
        btw i'm referring to the rear spoiler
          speedracerx808
          • 2 Years Ago
          @evilzibob
          The spoiler is Real Carbon Fiber... Not sure what you are talking about. http://aprperformance.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=44
      KSPR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those are some mighty fine wheels. Rest of the package looks nice too
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 86 is using the 4-DS engine, not the EJ25. You can see also the G-Force GSR tranny (to handle the power).
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