Ready for a Scion FR-S Sedan?

Toyota GT 86 sedan

Oh, Auto Express, we love your rumors and enthusiastic reporting on yet-to-be-produced vehicles and the unnamed sources who out them early.

While your stories are often outrageous and your journalistic qualities somewhat questionable, we have to admit you seem to have a knack for getting things right, or at least close to it.

So when I read your story that Toyota might consider building a sedan version of the rear-wheel-drive GT-86 sports car, my initial reaction was to say, “Yeah, right.” But then I considered your track record and compared it with the fact that Toyota’s head honcho, Akio Toyoda, has injected the brand with a healthy dose of fun and seems ready to try all sorts of new things.

And a RWD sports sedan would definitely be new.

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Scion FR-S Gets Its Price, Shows Who’s Boss

2013 Scion FS-R

Disneyland for the price of a state fair.

Las Vegas for the cost of an Indian casino.

5th Avenue for the price of Target.

When the right value proposition is dangled in front of us, we’d be crazy not to buy. Sports-car fanatics, at least the ones on a budget, look for the most amount of fun stuffed into the least expensive package. They want a Porsche for the price of a Scion.

Which could be exactly what the new Scion FR-S delivers.

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Just 6,000 Subaru BRZ Coupes Headed to U.S., Expect Heavy Premiums

2013 Subaru BRZ

The quest to bring home a Subaru BRZ just changed from a leisurely shopping experience into an all-out competition.

The BRZ, of course, is the result of Subaru’s partnership with Toyota that will also bring the Scion FR-S to the U.S. and the Toyota GT-86 to other parts of the world. By all accounts, the cars deliver on their promise to be affordable, fun RWD sports cars.

Car and Driver, citing correspondence with an unnamed Subaru dealer, reports that only 6,000 BRZ coupes will be imported into the U.S. for the 2013 model year. That makes sense considering Subaru’s business case for the car, which called for sales of 5,000 to 7,000 units at roughly $25,000 each to achieve profitability.

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Could Small, Efficient Speed Be the Demise of American Muscle?

Mazda Takeri concept

In the midst of the world’s dire need for an energy revolution, there’s a welcome, though probably feeble, theme emerging from automakers:

Small, agile, efficient and fast.

Fast fun cars that are easy to drive and cheap to fill were once a mainstay on U.S. roadways. The Nissan 280ZX. The Toyota MR2. The Honda S2000. The Mazda Miata. Then the road behemoths of the 1990s and early 2000s took over, and only now are they slowly being replaced by smaller crossover SUVs. I wonder if the same fate awaits the heavy muscle cars that currently dominate sales charts.

Could the return of small, efficient speed be the demise of American muscle?

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