We had a chance this afternoon to sit down with a few Scion public relations members to discuss the new Scion FR-S that debuted today at the New York International Auto Show 2011. Read below for the summary of the interview. Enjoy!
During the press conference it as stated the car will be released in 2012, can you be more specific as when it will be available for sale in the United States?
Right now we cannot confirm nor estimate exact availability. Obviously there have been a lot of changes going on in Japan (Earthquake). However right now its to early to report.
What is going to change from the Concept model that we saw today?
Obviously there will be changes, this is only a concept. We expect the production version to be just as dynamic and beautiful of a car. The final production version will be not only inspirational to look at, but also to drive.
Pricing is a huge aspect to this cars success, its been portrayed as the next AE86 which was once an affordable sporty car to many. What is the target price range for the Scion FR-S?
At this point its still very early, we typically set prices before the car actually goes on sale. We are saying that the car will be under 30k, as we get closer to launching the car next year we will set pricing.
Will there be a Enthusiast model with LSD, Bigger Brakes, and less convenience packages?
All of our Scion models come mono spec. So the mono spec will be our enthusiast model. We want our customers to have a well equipped and car that performs well at its base level. Like all Scions, we will offer performance and appearance oriented accessories for our customers to make it their own.
Will there be a Toyota form of the FR-S released in the United States?
The car will be sold globally as Toyota, however in United States and Canada there will only be the Scion FR-S.
What will the horsepower rating will the Scion FR-S receive at production?
We haven't finalized any of that, and we will release that info at a later date.
Is there a target weight that the Scion FR-S is aiming towards?
The car will be lightweight. Right now its still to early to finalize those specs.
Will there be a factory turbo car, or will Scion offer add-on turbo packages for the FR-S?
We have to announce the production version before we are able to talk about any definitive accessory plans such as superchargers, turbos, or anything like that.
Who do you feel is your biggest competition in regards to the Scion FR-S, what cars do you anticipate will compete with it?
This car will be unique from a competitive standpoint. There is obviously a lot of cars that compete in this category. Our expectations for this car are that it will be very well balanced car with good power to weight ratio. We also see some competitors in the MPG space. Although when you look at the Scion FR-S as a total package, we feel its going to carve out a unique space within the set.
Enthusiasts are obviously a large market for this car, how will modifications affect the factory warranty?
As with all Scions, we have many accessories options that do not void the warranty of our cars. We realize that a lot of aftermarket companies will want to come to the table and build accessories for this car. If you buy an aftermarket item they are obviously not warrantied, and so its not covered under the factory warranty.
I heard Scion and Toyota is looking for a drifting team to adopt the Scion FR-S, has anyone been selected or is Scion pursing anyone in particular for the FR-S?
Certainly the work we have done with the tC has helped us establish ourselves in several categories of racing. Its still to early in the process so we haven't identified anyone at this time. Closer to production we will see how Scion will incorporate the FR-S into racing.
When the FR-S is released, how will the rollout be distributed? Since this is a RWD sports car that doesn't fair well in colder climates will it be available everywhere in the US?
It will be a national launch, the car will be available throughout the US.
What do you feel about some of the negativity surrounding the Scion branding of the FT-86 in the US?
We are really excited about it being a Scion. We think we have an opportunity to stretch the brand in new ways and when we talk about Scion being unique, distinctive and fun to drive. This car really delivers that. There is nothing else out there on the marketplace that looks like it. We hope that it will carve out its own space in the category. It allows us to go after a new set of buyers that we haven't been able to reach. Our customers have been asking for a RWD car and we will be able to deliver on that.