The 2016 Detroit Auto Show gave the world the Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0. This was Toyota‘s youth-oriented brand experimenting with a more luxurious take on the FR-S. The exterior wears a subtle body kit that features a discreet front lip and trunk lid spoiler. An exceptionally well paired paint and wheel combination of Lunar Storm pairs well against the aggressive black 17-inch wheels.
Inside Scion keeps drivers warm and holds them tight in heated racing seats with upholstery that combines black Alcantara and light brown leather. The trim for the steering wheel, door panels, and much of the stitching matches this motif. The Release Series 2.0 also comes with luxury features like push-button start, dual-zone climate control, and HID headlights.
What we enjoy about the FR-S is the simplicity of design and its ability to put a smile on your face. The straightforward front-engined, rear wheel drive layout is perfect and when it is paired with the rev-happy, naturally aspirated engine it is car that constantly puts a smile on your face. A Scion FR-S is one of the most playful cars to drive because of its impeccably-tuned chassis. The car stays flat on corners, making it extremely satisfying to drive.
Only one engine is offered in the FR-S a 200-hp 2.0-liter flat-four the one we drove featured a six-speed manual. The manual shifts with a quick and solid, no-nonsense feel. Thanks to the cars low center of gravity, which is great to fall into when you get in the FR-S is very agile.
When it comes to decisions the FRS is a great sports car straight out of the box and with the updates for the Scion Release Series 2.0 it certainly makes it more luxurious. Although the luxury updates come at a cost we certainly think they are worth it, and again we like to measure this car in smiles for miles factor and it certainly succeeds at that.
Prices for the Release Series 2.0 start at $30,305 (after $795 destination) with the six-speed manual or $31,405 for the automatic.