Continuing the trend towards off-road sports cars.
Don't look too closely—the Heisenberg uncertainty principle might kick in if you do and throw the whole thing off—but we think we're seeing the beginnings of a trend towards the off-road sports car.
Because what every lightweight sports cars needs is more doors.
We're fans of the Scion FR-S here at 0-60
. We'd probably be bigger fans of it if we'd driven one with a manual instead of the acceleration- and fun-sucking slushbox, or if it had another 75 pound-feet of torque and 50 horsepower, or if it didn't use a stereo head unit that looks like it was installed by Best Buy back in 2004, but we're still fans of it. It's a lightweight, beautifully-proportioned, incredibly driftable, incredible-handling sports car that sells for around $25,000. How could we not like it?
Toyota's little sports car could get a bigger engine.
The Scion FR-S is a pretty damn impressive little sports car, with a Porsche-worthy chassis and tenacious yet pitchable handling. But if the car has a weakness, it lies beneath that long, low hood. With only 200 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque, the 2.0 liter boxer four Subaru developed for the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ is adequate at best—but the car could handle so much more.
All the Toyobarus at SEMA fit to print. Or, rather, post online.
We weren't particularly surprised to learn that the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ were two of the most popular cars at this year's SEMA show. But we were still a little taken aback by the sheer volume of them in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Apparently we Americans are just too cheap.
The Scion FR-S is one of the few entertaining bright spots in Toyota's dull lineup—indeed, it's one of the most entertaining cars to drive out today, especially when you consider its $25,000 price tag. But it only comes in one version—and as Porsche will happily tell you, the secret to sports car profitability is variants, variants, variants.