It might be the Capital of Global Finance, the Capital of Media and Marketing, but for about 10 days in April every year, New York City becomes the Capital of Automobile. Setting the stage for the opening of 2011 New york International Auto Show, Scion unveiled the FR-S Sports Coupe Concept this afternoon. This front engine, rear-wheel drive concept is modern day interpretation of AE86 Toyota Corolla or Sprinter Trueno Hachi-Roku, the same vehicle immortalized in the popular manga/anime Initial-D. Though a similar concept, the Toyota FT-86, made its debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the Scion FR-S on display in the Big Apple is the vehicle closest to production to date.
Filling a void left by Toyota Supra, the FR-S is to be powered by a 2.0-liter engine with Toyota D4-S injection system, one which switches between direct and port injection to save fuel without the sacrifice of performance, a lightweight and short wheelbase further enhance the vehicle performance. The Five Axis 20 x 8.5-inch front wheel, along with its wider 20 x 10.5-inch rear counterparts, allows a re-creation of your favorite scenes from Initial-D. However, the best feature of this concept will be its availability. Comparatively speaking, though underpowered to that of Lexus LFA super car, the Scion FR-S can still rack up plenty of excitement, that is if Scion decide to go ahead with production.