I was sad aback I alternate the FR-S. I acquainted a cast of homesickness the moment I handed the keys aback to its applicable owners. I wasn’t activity bottomward because of my age (I’ve never been happier or had added toys); no, I was poopy because cars like this Scion no best accomplish acceptable business sense.
Guys like me are a dying breed. I’m not adage that sports cars are absolutely on their way out. I’m adage that pure, unfiltered, raw, make-you-work cars are all but done. I’m a huge fan of the VW GTI, but it’s a gentleman’s sports car. The Subie WRX has never been added put together, and pony cars like the Mustang GT are now 75/25 affluence coupes/performance cars — if it were the added way around, actual few would sell. Heck, the Ford Focus ST is no better, and alike my admired MX-5 is adequate and accessible to drive.
Where does this leave us? It’s clear: The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are the aftermost of their kind, and are on the border of extinction. This is why I was gloomy.
Refinement not wantedTo put it into perspective, I own a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX wagon — it’s my circadian driver/pickup/track car. I’m not affectionate to it and accustomed the “abuse” it suffers; she can be a assignment to drive. The clamp is heavy, the shifter is bulky and mechanical, council is heavy, the anchor pedal requires a stomping, and it’s freakin’ loud. This about describes the FR-S active experience, and that’s why I adulation it.
Typically, I footfall out of my columnist car, jump into my WRX and I anon anathema it afore I abatement aback beneath its spell. Between the FR-S and the WRX, the alone accurate aberration lies in the actuality that the Subaru has terrible, abhorrent steering. Otherwise, the Rex is faster — but that’s because it’s accurately boosted.
Quick is enoughOn the affair of power, the Scion’s 200-horsepower 2.0L flat-4 needs to be afraid to aural an inch of its activity in adjustment to accept a acceptable time. Its 151 lb-ft. of torque alone bell in from 6,400 to 6,600 rpm while max hp ancestor up at a agreeable 7,000 rpm. In a nutshell, if agent revs are kept beneath 5,500 rpm, you’ll get bored, and not alone that you’ll acceptable accuse that the car is not alone slow, but crazily noisy. Which it is.
Like the angel of my eye, the Miata, the FR-S is a drive car. Already you get it up to speed, if you accept the cohones to accumulate it there, again it’ll all appear calm and accomplish sense. Adulation for the little car again sets in.
The complete of a BOXER agent is unique, abundant like a straight-5, and can be an acquired taste, but already accustomed it becomes article of a melody. It is awkward and buzzy, but the added the car is pushed, the added its low centre of force attributes appear to light. The FR-S is one, if not the best-handling sport-y cars in its category. We begin this out immediate during a activity bunched car comparo we completed a few years ago.
The handlerThe Scion is quick abundant if you accumulate your appropriate bottom in it, but the absolute ambush is how the abeyance and council accomplish use of the car’s failing and solid chassis. Council acknowledgment is about clear-sighted and this, alike with the Bridgestone winter tires it was sporting.
The way the car turns is my additional favourite aspect. The aboriginal is the shifter. Its heavy, abbreviate throws are lathered in blatant automated resistance. This, accumulated with a clamp pedal anon absorbed to the absolution angle and the aciculate throttle, makes canoeing and rev-matching fun.
There’s a ample bulk of automated anchor up front, but should it abort bringing the appendage about is easier than cogent your adherent you adulation her. With either a clutch-kick, a draw of the e-brake or (if agent revs are aerial enough) a cutting of the burke will bandy you alongside for adequate and agreeable slideways action. Caution goes out to the agitable as the ass will bound get out of hand. ESP can be absolutely deactivated and with the appropriate bulk of dexterity, this car can be the best acknowledged (almost) fun one can accept for beneath $26,500.
The ride affection is, well, what it is. On rougher roads, a chat will not alone be captivated at aerial volume, but you’ll get annoyed and not afflicted by the animated limited-travel suspension. On a track, however….
A driver’s dreamThe brakes crave conviction, and they would be the additional affair I would advancement on the car if I were to buy one — the aboriginal actuality the tires as they wouldn’t aftermost actual long… The average pedal charge be acutely pressured into cooperating. Ablaze burden is met with resistance; it about feels as admitting it is blame back. Already committed, the callipers accord it all they’ve got, although I’d get added advancing pads.
The FR-S is apprenticed as admitting an addendum of the driver. This is area the car array massive credibility with a guy like me, but will be nixed from lists by others. The BRZ is a little tamer, but aloof barely, so it won’t accomplish the cut either for abounding of the abovementioned points.
Work environmentAnd then, there’s the cabin: There’s annihilation chic or affected about it — it’s a abode of work. The seats are great, but all address of buttons and controls were avant-garde in cars, um, 15 years ago. But for a guy like me, if it’s got heating and a abode to bung my phone, I’m OK with that.
The best at what it isThe 2016 Scion FR-S is about the drive and amusement that accepting abaft the caster can provide, if that’s what you’re into. However abundant I adulation this car, I would never bounce for a new one alike with the few options accessible (such as aeronautics and a Bongiovi audio system). The funny affair is that, in my books, annihilation abroad comes abutting to this car in its amount range. Mustang V6? No. A 2.0T Camaro? Possibly. Genesis Coupe? Not alike close. 370Z? Never. A GTI? Maybe. All of these cars accept accurate arguments, but none are as aciculate as the FR-S, and this is why it’ll acceptable die eventually rather than later.
Bummer, but again guys like me will buy them acclimated in 8 to 10 years and adulation them to bits.