Toyota won’t develop a convertible version of the Scion FR-S for the United States auto market because the model will become too expensive for its future customers.
The fact that the Japanese based automaker Toyota is planning to develop a drop-top version of the GT 86 sports car, which will probably be translated to the Subaru BRZ too, isn’t a surprise anymore but what comes as bad news for the over-seas fans of the model is that the company won’t produce the Scion FR-S Convertible. According to a report by Automotive News, developing a drop-top version of the Scion FR-S will significantly increase the cost of the model which is currently being sold in the United States from under 25,000 USD with a manual transmission and no options.
As a quick reminder, the Scion FR-S is strongly “related” to the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ and the model is equipped with the 2.0 liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated Boxer engine borrowed from Subaru and fitted with the D-4S direct injection system developed by Toyota. The sports car’s engine is developing a total output of 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, with a peak torque of 151 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. The unit can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission in standard or a six-speed automatic available as an option.