2013 Scion FR-S
KM: Loser I was all ready to crown the FR-S and its Subaru BRZ compatriot, until I looked at the specs: 200 horsepower, 151 wimpy pounds-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter engine. Its the sexiest-looking Scion in the brands nine-year history, but sports cars need to move off the line. Yes, Ive said before that I liked winding out torque-challenged Asian compacts to absurd rpm. But does the average buyer? I just dont know.
JW: Winner I agree wholeheartedly with Kelsey, but I'm of a mind to call any new sports car a winner, especially one with rear-wheel drive. Let's not let fun die in this era of hybrids and other science projects.
DT: Winner Im more in Joes camp about this one. If its as fun to drive as it looks like it could be, it will deliver on that promise while giving young buyers a sporty option that truly has some performance chops versus a traditional compact coupe. The question is whether you go with the Subaru or the Scion? Id think performance fans would lean toward the Subaru.
MH: Winner I'm less concerned about the engine output of the FR-S because of the car's lightweight platform. Plus, I can already see aftermarket tuners and Scion, too coming up with all sorts of ways to increase the power for those who want more. What's harder to change is chassis balance, and it looks like Scion got that right.