Scion, Toyota’s U.S. subsidiary aimed at younger drivers, unveiled a hot version of its FR-S sports car, which the company said is ready to race.
Scion will race the car in the 2012 Formula DRIFT series, driven by the veteran Ken Gushi.
The 600-hp FR-S race car is based on the 2013 Scion FR-S, a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will go on sale in the spring of 2012.
Scion said the 2013 FR-S will be the first car to offer a connected infotainment audio system called BeSpoke, powered by Pioneer’s Zypr. Scion’s BeSpoke aims to offer a higher level of connectivity with features that drivers have been asking for, such as access to a wide variety of personalized content and services.
“Beginning last year, all Scion models come standard with Bluetooth Hands-Free and HD Radio Technology,” said Jack Hollis, Vice President of Scion. “Scion’s new BeSpoke system will take in-car technology to the next level, offering owners the ability to be more connected,” he told a press conference at the Detroit Auto Show.
FR-S stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport.
The FR-S has a 2.0-liter 200 hp, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru. The flat-four engine comes either with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Scion didn’t announce prices.