Our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S recently made an appearance at the track for another round of tests, this time with its new set of Volk TE37s wrapped in Dunlop Direzza ZII tires, which we installed about a month ago. Sadly, we’re at the tail end of our time with the Toyobaru coupe, which means this will almost certainly be the last modification we perform on the FR-S (a “verdict” report recapping our overall experience is in the works). That said, here are the numbers, as promised.
Here’s a brief review of the performance-related modifications we’ve performed so far. First was a TRD-supplied cold air intake and catback exhaust, which gave the 2013 Scion FR-S a deeper and rowdier engine note. And after a day at the test track, we found that the relatively simple modification netted slight performance gains. We achieved a 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, which was a tenth of a second faster than stock. The FR-S was also faster through the quarter-mile (14.6 seconds compared to 14.8 seconds) and the figure eight course (25.8 seconds compared to 26 seconds).
Next up were the aforementioned Volks and Direzza ZII tires. There’s been a lot of debate whether or not the wheel combo improves the Scion‘s appearance (we probably would’ve lowered it on an aftermarket suspension if we had more time), but there’s no denying the difference in handling. All it takes is one fast turn to realize that the FR-S is no longer the tail-happy coupe it once was with its skinny stock Michelin Primacy tires. That said, we were eager to find out how stickier shoes affected the Scion’s performance. Not surprisingly, the 2013 FR-S was faster through the figure eight — 25 seconds compared to 25.8 seconds prior to the new wheel and tire setup. Lateral grip increased from 0.93 g to a whopping 1.01 g. As expected, straight-line performance didn’t change much. The Dunlops do appear to help the FR-S off the line a tiny bit, reducing its 0-30 mph time by two-tenths of a second to 1.8 seconds. Its 0-60 mph time remained the same at 6.1 seconds, and the quarter-mile time dropped from 14.6 to 14.7 seconds. That said, the new tires would definitely come in handy for anyone trying to shave off precious tenths of a second at the autocross.
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Lead photo by Michael Shaffer
|Stock||TRD Intake/Catback||Rays, Dunlop Direzza ZII|
|0-30 MPH||2.1 sec||2.1 sec||1.8 sec|
|0-40 MPH||3.1 sec||3.1 sec||2.9 sec|
|0-60 MPH||6.2 sec||6.1 sec||6.1 sec|
|0-70 MPH||8.2 sec||8.0 sec||8.1 sec|
|0-80 MPH||10.4 sec||10.1 sec||10.4 sec|
|0-90 MPH||13.2 sec||13.0 sec||13.7 sec|
|0-100 MPH||16.3 sec||16.0 sec||17.0 sec|
|Passing, 45-65 MPH||3.3 sec||3.2 sec||3.4 sec|
|Quarter Mile||14.8 sec @ 95.1 mph||14.6 sec @ 95.7 mph||14.7 sec @ 92.9 mph|
|Lat Acceleration||0.93 g (avg)||0.93 g (avg)||1.01 g (avg)|
|Figure Eight||26.0 sec @ 0.70 (avg)||25.8 sec @ 0.72 (avg)||25.0 sec @ 0.75 (avg)|