TORRANCE, Calif., (April 8, 2014) – To become an AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star, the Scion FR-S had to shine. By achieving it twice, the FR-S shows lasting power. The annual list from the publication’s industry judges compared all current model year vehicles on sale in the United States. The 2014 FR-S shares its spot with the 2014 Subaru BRZ.
To determine their top picks, AUTOMOBILE Magazine judges evaluated how the FR-S looked and handled when staff and contributors drove GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Mich. and on public roads. They praised the rear-wheel drive sports car for its communicative steering, athletic chassis and a pure driving experience. Plus, the continuing affordability makes the FR-S accessible to more driving enthusiasts.
“Is 200 horsepower enough for a sports car? Yes, provided that sports car is light and has a perfectly balanced, rear-wheel-drive chassis. Oh, and don’t forget to include perfectly placed controls,” said Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of AUTOMOBILE Magazine. “Because of all this, the FR-S is among the few modern cars you can enjoy driving at the limit without losing your license.”
AUTOMOBILE Magazine also took the FR-S on a road trip from its editorial offices in Ann Arbor, Mich. to New Orleans. You can read the full All-Star article at www.automobilemag.com/2014allstars/.
“For the second year, AUTOMOBILE Magazine editors recognized the all-star power and wide appeal of the Scion FR-S,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “The 2014 FR-S continues to introduce new drivers to how exhilarating and possible a sports car can be for them.”
The 2014 FR-S comes standard with a touchscreen audio system, a limited-slip differential and 2.0-liter flat boxer engine that produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The 2014 Scion FR-S is priced at $24,700 MSRP with a six-speed manual transmission or $25,800 MSRP with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management® technology.
All prices listed above exclude the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $755.
Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The brand features five groundbreaking models with a wide array of standard features: the xD urban subcompact five-door, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, the premium micro-subcompact iQ and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. The Scion brand often applies new practices in all aspects of its business and pushes the creativity envelope with non-traditional advertising and marketing to engage young consumers. Scion also supports originality through its programs in the artistic community. For more information, visit www.scion.com.
About AUTOMOBILE Magazine
AUTOMOBILE Magazine, part of Source Interlink Media, LLC, is America’s leading automotive lifestyle publication and reaches 4.6 million readers monthly; through its print, online and digital components the brand counts an audience of over 6 million. Automobile Magazine, which presents annual All-Star and Automobile of the Year awards, is written for the sophisticated enthusiast and profiles high-end vehicles with compelling editorial and photographic content. For more than 25 years, AUTOMOBILE Magazine has set the standard for automotive journalism, maintaining its devotion to auto adventure and an editorial approach that emphasizes “No boring cars!”
NOTE TO EDITORS: Photography and digital assets can be found at www.ScionNewsroom.com.