Scion has loaded some updates into the 2015 FR-S, but unless you are incredibly intimate with the car you wouldn’t be able to pick them out. One of the biggest cosmetic changes is a new shark fin antenna design that is sleeker, replacing the larger and less aerodynamic antenna on the 2014 model. The car also comes with larger tailpipes that are essential for any parking lot meet-ups with other sport compact cars. Those tailpipes also sit more flush with the rear fascia, giving the car a sleeker, higher-end look that most people would gloss over. The interior gains trim pieces that look like carbon fiber, but that are just plastic.
The paint has been tweaked a little. Silver used to be called Argento but will now be known as Steel, because that sounds tougher. White switches from Whiteout, which has a bad connotation for anyone living in the Snow Belt to Halo, which is actually a pearl-white and costs an additional $395.
Some technological updates are included on the 2015 Scion FR-S. The car comes with automatic on/off headlights. The key has also been redesigned.
Perhaps the biggest enhancement for 2015 comes with a revised suspension setup. Scion felt that the FR-S, which already handles incredibly well, needs even better road-holding abilities. The front suspension is stiffer and more aggressive than before. The rear shock absorbers have also been tuned to be stiffer. These revisions are intended to tighten everything up and reduce body roll while dialing up the amount of feedback the car provides to the driver. The setup sounds more like what you get with the Subaru BRZ, which is the FR-S twin and is considered a more hardcore performance machine. If that’s the case, don’t expect the FR-S to provide high levels of comfort.
Prices for the 2015 Scion FR-S have been bumped up by a mere $200.