The 2013 Scion FR-S is a beloved car for us here at Autobytel. I can remember when the rear drive sports car was only an online rumor that went by the name Toyobaru and promised to ignite a healthy dose of fun into what had become quite a conservative lineup from the Japanese automaker. After a year of sales success, the Scion FR-S has not only amassed a huge following and took over the world’s largest aftermarket showcase but it literally set the drifting world on fire in Sin City.
So when we asked for a ride to get us from Miami to the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona it was a treat to find out that we would be driving an FR-S for the 500+ mile road trip along Florida’s east coast. At this point there was only one thing to worry about: whether or not the car would be an automatic. After exercising the FR-S’s six-speed gearbox by way of paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, as well as a more traditional stick on the racetrack, it can be said that we prefer the latter. So it would be hard to say that we weren’t ever so slightly disappointed.