The photo last week showed a corner of the 2013 Scion FR-S, half of a set of sports cars that also includes the nearly identical Subaru BRZ. For a better photo and a road test, read this week’s review.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Keith Petty, of Evans, who was succinct with his response: “This is from a 2013 Scion FR-S.”
Petty wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles wrote: “Review will be interesting. F=Front , R= Rear-wheel drive, S=Sport.”
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Unlike last week, this week’s car is instantly recognizable as only one of two cars, either the Scion FR-S or the Subaru BRZ. I like to refer to them as the Freeze and the Breeze. The local Scion dealer particularly hates for me to refer to them that way.
“The color, Hot Lava, and the mesh grille identify this one as the Scion FR-S. With only differences in name-brand badging and subtle styling cues, these are visual and mechanical identical twins. They are also a first for each manufacturer, being their first strictly rear-wheel-drive offering.
“This collaboration by Toyota and Subaru has produced a car better than either could have produced on their own. Subaru’s newest 2-liter four-cylinder boxer engine was combined with Toyota’s newest, most innovative fuel injection system and then dropped into a compact, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe weighing less than 3,000 pounds.
“Subaru’s low-profile boxer engine made it possible to locate the engine lower and farther back than originally planned, producing a true driving enthusiast’s car with one of the best front-to-rear weight ratios and lowest centers of gravity.
“While this is the first rear-wheel-drive offering for the Scion brand, it is not the first for parent Toyota. The idea for the FR-S came from a front-engine, rear-wheel drive version of the Corolla, the AE86. This car apparently made quite an impression in its day, but was not available in the U.S., so most of us have never heard of it.
“I have seen only the FR-S in person and actually been granted the opportunity to sit in one. The Atlanta area Scion dealers are actually loath to let you test drive one of these cars without you pretty much agreeing to buy the car on the spot upon return from that drive.
“Never mind that it will be an automatic transmission, because even having a manual transmission version on the lot would mean that you had to actually put money down and order one to even get it there!”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “The car is a red Scion FR-S, a car that has been jointly developed with Subaru. The Subaru BRZ is its twin. The Scion’s trapezoidal front turn signal and that the top of the grille is narrower than the BRZ’s are distinguishing items.”
Jerry Paul wrote: “This week looks to be a Scion FR-S.”
Daniel Curtis wrote: “This is the new coupe Toyota is putting out called the Toyota GT 86, also known as the Scion FR-S.
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is a 2013 Scion FR-S.”
SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna wrote: “This week’s car is a Scion FR-S.”
WARRENVILLE: James Covar