Thread: 2012 Scion FR-S
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:54 PM
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Mein Auto: 330i
Spring Mountain Test Loop Lap Times

Scion FR-S (Dunlop tires) _ 1:27.0

Mazdaspeed 3 _ 1:27.6

Subaru WRX _ 1:28.3

The Subaru-Scion twins are shod with Michelin Primacy HP 87W GreenX summer touring tires. Buy a Prius in Europe upgraded with 17-in. wheels, and you’ll get these same sad tires. That’s right, these sporty coupes have hybrid tires, tuned for low rolling resistance, not grip.

But what happens when you slap on some sticky stuff? Will it go quicker? Will it ruin the sublime handling? With those questions in mind, we ordered a set of autocross-winning Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs in the factory size (215/45-17) that retail for $146 each at Tire Rack.

Install the Dunlops on the stock wheels, and presto-bingo! We have a new winner. The FR-S dropped 2.3 sec. with a simple tire swap. And not only does the car maintain its wonderful balance, it’s vastly improved. The FR-S’ sharp steering is enhanced by the tires’ grip, providing a dramatic increase in feedback—with the Dunlops’ greater forgiveness at higher slip angles, you can literally turn the steering wheel more. The rear rotates more gently on turn-in and the suspension easily handles the added grip. This is the way the FR-S was meant to run!

If you own a BRZ or FR-S, you owe it to yourself to upgrade the tires and feel the way your car was meant to drive.

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