Artist’s rendering of what an FR-S might look like with Toyota’s corporate grill
The Scion FR-S will get a mid-cycle update and like so many people who have a midlife crisis, the car will get a facelift and get stronger to try to reclaim its youth. According to Motoring.com.au, the FR-S’ new look will have a larger lower grill, a new hood, new headlights, and a redesigned rear bumper new with the exhaust pushed further out. Oh, and most importantly MORE POWER!
The 2017 FR-S will get an eight horsepower bump to 208. Not enough to really change the car’s driving dynamic or have you hunting Corvettes, but enough that 2017 buyers should be able to edge out owners of earlier cars (unless they’ve been modded, but who would ever do that?).
Sadly, unlike a lot of midlife crisisers, the FR-S won’t get a convertible. Toyota says sales are too low to justify the convertible we’ve been hoping for. Obviously when the buying public grows less enthused about the thing you’re selling, you definitely don’t want to introduce exciting features or upgrades, you want to stay the course.
As I’ve pointed out in the past, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and all the other small automakers that can’t afford to completely redesign their models every couple years have figured out the key to selling enthusiast cars without having to compete with the used market for the same car you’re selling: introduce special editions and new bodystyles so that the novelty and exclusivity of the car never wears off. This is a good start, but how much more excited would you be for a 2.5-liter FR-S or an FR-S convertible?