Have you ever gotten the chance to experience the 2014 Scion FR-S in Orlando? In person, we mean – not just looking at photographs of this beautiful sports car online. If you haven’t, then you haven’t had the chance to fully appreciate just how sleek, sophisticated, and performance-driven this affordable sports car actually is (that’s right, we said affordable). If you have gotten to experience it in person, you can understand the global appeal and why it’s become such an iconic member of the family here at Toyota of Orlando!
The Orlando Scion FR-S draws inspiration from the Toyota Sports 800 and Toyota Corolla AE86
However, have you ever thought about where the Orlando Scion FR-S found its roots? It goes a long, long way back. All the way back to the 1960’s, in fact! Have you ever heard of the Toyota Sports 800? It was Toyota’s very first sports car, and it was based on the same principles as the current new Scion (quick and capable performance, a sports car design and styling, and a unique design that was new to this niche of the industry). It was incredibly popular in Japan, and lent a big influence to the design of future sports cars!
One of the main influences of the new Scion FR-S in Orlando actually made its debut in the 80’s. Have you ever heard of the Toyota Corolla AE86? This sports car was built on performance, so it was lightweight and designed to be rear-wheel drive. Additionally, you could pick it up in a hatchback or coupe design between 1983 and 1987. It was enormously successful on the racetracks, which is probably why Scion decided to use it as inspiration. This new Scion is actually known as the Toyota GT86 in other countries as a nod to its roots!
See how the Toyota 2000GT influenced the new Scion FR-S!
We can’t forget about the Toyota 2000GT, either! You’ll probably best recognize it from its role in a James Bond movie back in the 60’s, but that’s not the only reason it was famous. It’s probably one of the most widely recognized Toyota sports cars, and with good reason. It was extremely sleek and polished, but packed a punch in terms of performance with a 2.0L engine with double overhead camshafts, rear-wheel drive, and limited slip differential. It also had a sophisticated interior with rosewood accents and even boasted a radio and air conditioning at some points in its life. Additionally, it won the Fuji 24-race in 1967, so it obviously could handle speed!
As you can see, the new Scion FR-S in Orlando was definitely a combination of some of the most exciting cars in Toyota’s history. You can make it yours today, too – we’ve got plenty available at our Toyota dealership in Central Florida, and you can swing by and see us any day of the week. We’re open Monday through Sunday from 8:30a to 10:00p, and our sales specialists are always ready to help you hop behind the wheel of this iconic sports car! Stop by and see us at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!