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Does it deserve it?



The AutoGuide.com Car of the Year has to be a stand-out winner among its competitors, and whether it’s a compact car, a luxury sedan or a sports car, it must set new benchmarks in its class. It must also be an important car, for the automaker, for consumers and for the automotive history books.

For those reasons the winner of the first ever AutoGuide.com Car of the Year is none other than… the Scion FR-S.

A sports car should be agile, well-balanced, responsive and intuitive, responding to driver inputs. The FR-S takes these qualities to an impressive level and flatters the driver, making almost anyone look and feel like a professional behind the wheel.

An engaging daily drive, hit the track and it’s easy to make this car fly. And yet going fast is hardly the primary objective, of the FR-S, or of any sports car for that matter. Those who think so, as well as those who criticise the fact that it makes “just” 200 hp, have missed the point.
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Looks good, but why not make it a little faster than a civic?
Not the point. This is the car for people who want something they can push a bit and stay at legal speeds, not for people who want to see big numbers on the speedo.

I've heard it said that to have as much fun as you do in the FR-S at 40mph, you'd have to be going 80 in anything else.

Chris Harris has done a couple youtube videos on the GT86 (the Toyota version of that car not sold in the US), and explains it much better than I could. Here's one of them:

 

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isn't there a giant recall on them?
 

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Lol I wouldn't even bring it in for that.
 

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They are impressive in the handling department. But, with my minor mods on my 12 year old horse and carriage chassis/suspension, I managed to get within 1.5 seconds of a well driven FR-S on a 53 second autocross course. I was out on cone duty when he was doing his runs, he was pushing it pretty hard...
 

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I managed to get within 1.5 seconds of a well driven FR-S on a 53 second autocross course.
1.5 seconds is huge on a sub-minute course. Tangentially related, do you know if that FR-S was on it's stock tires or not? The stock tires are intentionally less grippy in order to make the car easier to toss around.
 

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1.5 seconds is huge on a sub-minute course. Tangentially related, do you know if that FR-S was on it's stock tires or not? The stock tires are intentionally less grippy in order to make the car easier to toss around.
Yeah I'm pretty sure it was stock tires. I was on Nitto Invo's which were probably a little better than what he had. Don't get me wrong it was bookin' around the course. I do drive mine as hard as I can, maybe he wasn't... who knows... here's a vid of my best run of the day, the same day the FR-S ran too:

 
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