Test drivers say the FR-S proves that thrilling performance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Test drivers agree that the 2013 Scion FR-S has shaken up the affordable sports car class. Separated at birth from its sibling, the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S brings a surprising amount of performance and value to enthusiasts. Autoblog writes, “Is the FR-S one of next year's enthusiast bargains? Absolutely, and that is a conclusion we consider irrefutable.”
The front-drive Outlander ES will come standard with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio control buttons, remote keyless entry, cruise control, power door locks and windows, and seating for seven. While this represents a $300 price bump from the outgoing ES, the mid-level SE model is priced $200 less, with a base price of $24,620. The SE adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, push-button start, heated seats, 6.1-inch color touch screen, back-up camera, HD radio with USB port, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) can be had for $2000 (not available on ES trim). The sole powertrain choice for the ES and SE is a 166-hp 2.4-liter I-4 mated to a CVT.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is quite possibly one of the most aggressive Lamborghinis ever created. Its name is Italian for “sixth element” which refers to the atomic number for carbon, something used quite extensively throughout the car. The Sesto Elemento is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 that pumps out 570hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. While these numbers may not knock you out of your seat, the power-to-weight ratio will. This car only weighs 2,200 lbs thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber. With this lightweight, the cars ratio is 3.85 lb/hp, an amazing stat indeed. Unfortunately, Lamborghini is only making 20 Sesto Elementos in 2013 and all have already been called for. Also, don’t expect to see these on the road anytime soon as they are meant only for track use. All photos were taken by Chester Ng.
The car itself was built in Hueliez’s Turin studio in Italy, and was based on the famous Diablo. It featured the famed V12 of the Lamborghini Diablo, but lacked the all-wheel drive system. Instead of sending power to all four wheels, the Pregunta was fitted with a rear-wheel drive system. It was capable of producing 530hp, and good for 207mph. Inside the Pregunta are fully electronic F1-style Marelli instruments, rearward facing cameras that replace the mirrors, optical fiber lighting, and a combat jet derived cockpit setup. Needless to say, the Pregunta was very advanced for 1998.