Toronto, Ontario – Toyota has announced the 2013 Scion FR-S, its high-performance, rear-wheel drive compact sports car, which will go on sale next spring.

The FR-S, which stands for front-engine, rear-wheel drive, is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel drive sports car with balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising fuel economy, the company said.

“Scion continues to push boundaries following its first year of sales in Canada,” said Larry Hutchinson, director of Scion in Canada. “With a lineup including the iconic xB, the adrenalized tC and the innovation iQ, the FR-S is a halo, taking Scion to a new level of driving performance.”

The FR-S is most inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, known as the Hachi-Roku, or 8-6 in Japanese. It uses a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the result of a joint development of Toyota and Subaru. The newly-developed horizontally-opposed Subaru engine uses Toyota’s D-4S injection system, which incorporates both direct and port injection, producing 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. It will come with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

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