Posted On: Apr 11th, 2015 By: Alissa Barry Tyler
Damn, Scion, I didn’t know you had it in you. Being owned by Toyota, I shouldn’t have been so surprised.
Nancy Inouye, Scion’s National Marketing and Communications Manager, says that it’s mostly guys who are attracted to the Scion FR-S. That’s fine and all. As a female car lover, I absolutely love this ride. A woman could really get used to being treated this good. Hot looks, engaging ride, unwavering kick-ass attitude.
It’s been a while since I was this giddy over driving a car. The FR-S is petite and strong without being too much car for its own good. Some sporty cars are all muscle, so much so, that driving them in itself, is a case for distracted driving. Case in point: insert any one of a billion unnecessary supercar crashes with buttholes over-correcting behind the wheel. Here’s one cringe-worthy example:
However, the Scion FR-S can check its ego at the door and offer the excitement of a sports car with zero percent douche-factor.
Nancy says the FR-S is built stripped-down to make add-ons a breeze … “the people who show their FR-Ss usually add air bags in the suspension so they can raise the car for transport and then lower it for show,” she explains. As you can guess, personalization and customization is huge for the FR-S and apparently, there are two primary avenues for customization that people take: for racing and for showing. Nancy explains that the racers concentrate on buying new wheels and potentially modifying the suspension with coil or coil over springs so they can modulate the ride height; they may also add sway bars and chassis stiffeners. Adding exhaust and headers is also a possibility. The more serious racers might add a supercharger, turbo charger or do a full motor swap. Hey, I’m into that.
Let’s preface this by saying driving manual transmissions always make me feel like I’m playing a real live video game. And I appreciate that. Why? Because no matter how convenient driving automatic transmissions may be, manual cars will always trump that convenience because shifting is straight-up gangster and life feels warm and fuzzy driving manual cars. Shifting in the brand new FR-S felt definitively stiff and intentional, like playing Atari 2600. Every animated move into a new gear felt as precise as shifting around a bright blue Pac-Man corner in perfect time to escape Blinky, Pinky, Inky or Clyde.
They say the FR-S seats 4. But people don’t buy this car for the passenger room. It seats 2 adults up front and 2 fairly mellow adults in back who don’t mind being smooshed for short rides. The one time that I did have a backseat passenger, I was driving my friend from one end of a parking lot to another, where his car that was parked. The ride was long enough for him to admit he liked the car, and short enough for him to appreciate the ride.
At a red light, a guy driving a Mercedes A-class checked out the car and gave me the head nod. We shared a nice moment: a fleeting moment behind the wheel where two drivers recognize other drivers as people and not as disconnected, rage-induced driving douches. “This Scion attracts positivity”, I thought.
This 2-door was is built for the sport of driving, from the low riding chassis to the snugness of the racing seats. I like being low to the ground behind the wheel.
The stereo could use an upgrade, but the car won me over.
2.0Liter, 4-Cylinder, Boxer. Boxer engines aim to produce less roll potential for cars with a low center of gravity. Word.
Price Tag: Manual $25,670
Super dope. Will satisfy the technical rider who likes a stiff, sporty transportation experience. Or mofos who like to play video games. High on the “Weeeeee!” scale.
Alissa L. Barry is the Founder of Cars From A Woman’s Perspective. We are a web community which appreciates women, for women who appreciate cars. Alissa’s car passion started when she was 8, drooling over her dad’s Porsche 944. After that, the world of cars became fun. It was game over from there.