Recently Jay Leno is welcoming more and more mainstream cars to his garage, where normally only the exotics and super cars are allowed. In this episode he reviews a mainstream sports car that’s been making headlines ever since it was introduced as a concept. It’s the Scion FR-S – the American version of the Toyota GT86 – an affordable sports car that is supposed to brings the ‘sport’ back to driving. To give you the lowdown on the FR-S, Jay is joined by Jack Hollis, VP and General Manager of Scion.
Recap: Scion FR-S is the result of a joint project between Toyota and Subaru, in which Toyota supplies the rear-drive platform, and Subaru the 2.0 liter boxer engine. This combination is pretty unique, and result in a car that has the lowest center of gravity among all coupes in the market. That makes it an absolute charm to drive, especially on the race track. The only downer is the output of that Subaru engine. It only makes 200 hp. If you can wait a year or so, there’s a high performance version coming with more go juice.