One of this year's most eagerly anticipated new cars will not hurt your wallet as much as some may have feared. That's right – the 2013 Scion FR-S starts with a suggested retail price of just $24,200 ( $730 in delivery fees) with a 6-speed manual transmission. The price includes Scion Service Boost, which covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Those who don't want to do their own shifting will have to pay an extra $1100 for the dubious privilege of having a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The attractive FR-S (Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport) is powered by a 2.0-liter flat four engine that produces 200 bhp and provides 151 lb.-ft. of torque. The new engine is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru that combined Subaru's newly developed Boxer engine with Toyota's D-4S injection system, which incorporates both direct and port injection.
Production of the FR-S (known as the Toyota 86 elsewhere) and its sibling, the Subaru BRZ, has begun at a in Japan last week. Judging by the amount of interest this drew from sports car fans, there may be a high demand for the car when it reaches showrooms in a few weeks time. Let's hope dealers stick to Scion's "no-haggle no-hassle Pure Price" policy and don't hike up the more-affordable-than-we-expected sticker price.