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    2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ (a collaboration project)

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    Scion and Subaru have jumped into bed with each other to create two new cars: the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ. Two cars designed by two different makers, but with a world of similarities. And just enough difference to make them each their own car.

    Both cars are similar in that they eave have the the "back to basics” rear-drive from the sporty coupes of old. Under the hood each car has a Subaru-derived 200-horsepower 2.0-liter “boxer” four-cylinder engine that configures the cylinder banks in horizontal opposition instead of the conventional inline or V-shaped arrangements. It's a design that gives the car a lower center gravity which translates to superior handling and it's used by only one other automaker: Porsche. Toyota wasn't idle in this department as they put in the D-4S combination port- and direct-fuel-injection system. Both cars come standard with a six-speed manual transmission though a six-speed automatic is an option.

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    While each car has its own design the differences are fairly subtle. According to an article on caranddriver.com "The front-bumper is specific to each brand, and each has its own treatment for the scallop at the top of the front fender. On the Subaru, it houses a fake vent; the Scion features a funky “86” badge whose design pays homage to the boxer engine. The cars’ headlight housings are the same shape, but the Subaru’s lighting elements are bordered by LEDs."

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    Toyota claim for inspiration was its classic 1967 2000GT. The company used the low-slung boxer engine to bring out a front end which rises gradually from its knee-high leading edge. The roof line looks like it could become a hatchback but it ends as a short trunk lid instead. While both models can fit a complete set of tires inside the car with the rear seat folded there's little room (for either leg or head) in the backseat and trunk space is just as scarce.

    The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are both on sale for around $26,000 US.

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    Both cars look nice and reasonably priced.

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