Future of Scion FR-S variants uncertain over slow sales

The Scion FR-S is currently one of the hottest cars on the market, but with disappointing sales across the globe, a new report suggests future variants — including an upgraded engine and a convertible — are in jeopardy.

Speaking to AutoExpress, Greg Killman, head of research and development for Toyota Europe, says the possibility of seeing a droptop FR-S (known as the Toyota GT-86 in other markets outside of North America) as well as one with an upgraded engine are on hold due to poor sales.

“A faster version of that car would be at the top of most people’s wish lists, but like the cabriolet, it is hard to justify a business case to push either model into production based on the current sales,” Killman said.

He added that even Toyota was befuddled at the disappointing sales, given the popularity of the car among enthusiasts and automotive media alike, including us here at Driving. Given its $25,000 price point, the Scion FR-S is a performance bargain, but has received criticism for a lack of horsepower and torque, something Killman himself agrees is a downfall with the car.

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