Project Scion FR-S Part One


We love the FR-S interior,  it's a clean and simple pure driver's car.  The interior fit and finish, materials quality and texture are far beyond the price of the car.  For instance, we think the interior is better than the much more expensive 370Z.  The steering wheel is great; with its just right diameter, fat rim and leather cover it feels just like a good racing wheel.


The big centrally mounted tach with an adjustable shift light proves that this is a drivers car for real drivers.  The car really needs an oil pressure gauge though.  Come on Scion, even our Tundra has an oil pressure gauge!  Despite this oversight the gauges are clean and crisp, easy to see under all conditions.  The faux carbon fiber texture throughout the interior is not obnoxious as it does not pretend to be real carbon, just an easy on the eyes texture.


The HVAC controls are intuitive and nicely laid out but have a cheap plasticky feel to them.  It's not really that bad considering the price point of the car.  The faux carbon fiber dash trim does not try to be real so it is not annoying.


The radio's telemetrics easily link to your phone and IPod.  The radio sounds pretty good with decent bass for an OEM system. The radio was one of two options for the car!


The six speed shifter has short light and direct throws making the car one of our favorites to shift!  Reverse is down and to the left so we had a hard time finding it!  The knob, like all interfaces that the driver uses has a high quality feel to it.


The stylish metal pedals had rubber traction knobs.  They look just like the RAZO pedals in my AE86!  The pedals have a good layout for easy heel and toe shifting and the dead pedal is functional, a really handy feature for track use.  The floormats are the other option.  They have positive locks to keep them in place plus a Velcro like backing that sticks to the carpet, great for retention.

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