The Toyota FR-S is an inspiration to the Toyota design team. It has influenced the NY debut of the new Camry, and now it has inspired its own performance upgrade.
The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Team is releasing their first “Release Series” build of the FR-S, and it looks just as fast as we wish it really was. However, we'll get to that in the minute.
“FR-S enthusiasts will appreciate the side spoilers and lowered stance that deliver a look and feel meant for the track,” commented Doug Murtha, the Scion VP. “[And] at a price meant for them.”
There is no doubt that the styling of the FR-S RS 1.0 is bold and bright, with its “Yuza” yellow, aero kit, lowered stance, and quad tipped exhaust. It also comes with sporty t-pattern seats, TRD steering wheel, shift knob, and cargo mat.
What it does not come with is a considerable hike in performance, which many buyers would agree it desperately needs to be competitive with the other manufacturers in the segment. We can blame the FR-S's poor market performance, which is the main reason Toyota has not pulled the trigger on a turbocharged option.
A 200 horsepower boxer engine may not be much to “feel.” However, if you just want the look of 300+ horsepower, the RS 1.0 is coming this Fall 2014, and in a limited numbers of just 1500 units.