A few weeks ago we were looking forward to the Paris Motor Show in October, as we suspected that is when we would get a first look at the Scion FR-S convertible. This week we learned from Motor Trend that we'd be getting a whole lot more than just a peek, as it is going to be launching that month for the introductory price of somewhere between $35,000 to $38,000.
The FR-S convertible will feature the same 2.0-liter (non-turbo) boxer engine as the coupe. However, we do have some good news about that. The power roof and all its additional chassis support will not add anymore than 60 pounds to the coupe's curb weight, which means there will not be too much of a penalty in performance. More good news is that the powered roof on the FR-S should drop in less than 20-seconds.
So, with the convertible on the way in less than 6 months, we can start to look forward to the unveiling of the FR-S sedan. “The sedan version will expand in length by 20 inches to 187 inches, retain its current width (70.1 inches) and grow 4 inches in height to 55.1 inches,” says Motor Trends. “One designer we spoke to said that his team’s aim is to give the car the dimensions it needs to comfortably seat four adults while maintaining the original FR-S’s good looks.”
The first FR-S sedan to appear could be a a hybrid all-wheel-drive, utilizing a Subaru direct-injection engine powering the rear wheels and two electric motors on the front. Considering the tech involved, the price tag on this could be somewhere in the range of $50,000.
A second engine option will emerge a few months later, and this one could be forced induction. It will likely take the form of the Subaru Legacy's 2.0-liter turbo, which should give the bigger sedan an ample 300 horsepower to play with. The turbo will be considerably lower priced, starting at $35,000 (the same as the FR-S convertible).