Scion's first real sports car (FR-S, get it?)

The 2013 FR-S is everything it promised to be, a good-looking and excellent-handling sports car, and it includes some surprising cabin tech.

2013 Scion FR-S
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The buzz around the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ sister-ships has been very strong, yet the FR-S CNET tested met the hype. Driving the FR-S is one of the more sublime experiences you can have in a car.

Rear-wheel drive and a very mechanical feeling, precise six-speed manual transmission contribute to the sports car attributes, and the engine uses a direct injection system that helps it output 100 horsepower per liter, pretty good for natural aspiration. However, the power feels a little flat until you are up at 6,000rpm. The FR-S won't win any drag races, so don't risk your pink slips.

Being a Scion, we expected a certain amount of modern cabin tech, and the base head unit did not disappoint. Good iPod and phone connectivity is always a plus. More intriguing is Scion's new Bespoke system from Pioneer, which brings in limited navigation and a number of apps by leveraging the driver's own iPhone.

Check out CNET's review of the 2013 Scion FR-S .

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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