Good timing by me, I was just about to pop in and give my story hehe
Currently leasing an '09 Corolla S 1.8 in metallic blue.... honestly a great car, never thought I'd see toyota step up their game so much in little time, I swear I was reaping criticism on them for how basic their cars were before these gens came out, but decided to give them a try, hopped in the corolla for the test drive and absolutely loved it. Interior is simple but very inviting, you mold to the seat as you sit down, ample space in the back for passengers, exterior is a definite upgrade from the previous gen corollas, and fuel economy is definitely not one to complain about... All said and done I would buy this car without even looking back, if it weren't for the commitment I already have towards my turntables + mixer..... HOWEVER.
I am looking at upgrading to the FR-S. It wasn't until only recently, like a week and a half ago, that I had a sudden urge to check out the car... It didn't seem practical to me until I had actually researched more about it, then thought wow.... I would have paid close to $26,000 all in for my corolla when realistically, $29000 would have landed me a great looking, performing, AND valuable sports car with pretty convincing practicality for all year round driving. I drooled at the thought, and now pushing my absolute hardest to make it happen... Even if it means I've gotta sell my DJ equipment to make it happen... I WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN! (the lease for my corolla ends in one week)
Practicality includes (but is not limited to the following):
(I love fuel economy, this is just the icing on the cake)
EXTREME low center of gravity (I've heard it beats out the porsche cayman in this category)
it's overall light weight.....
RWD.... HELL YES, bring on your filthiest winter mother nature!!!! I'm definitely intrigued to see how it will perform in winter with all the factors.... Light weight + low center of gravity + rwd
Best of all, for its price, it is ONE SEXY VEHICLE.
And also leaves a lot of room to tune for the performance enthusiast
If this works out for me, I'll be looking to send it off to the guys at Accelerated Performance in Ohio to throw in a turbo kit...
Right now from the factory the car pushes around 170hp, 140~ ft/lbs tq to the wheels... with this slight upgrade we'd be looking at 100hp+, 70~ish ft/lbs tq improvement, to about 275~hp, 210 ft/lbs tq.... almost 310hp to the crank!! Of course they're just in the infant stages with the experimental tuning but so far the results only show positive, no damage to the drivetrain or any internals, everything is holding up strong... You'd think with the high compression ratio, the car was built to remain factory tuned, I think it was done to make the game a little more interesting
. The more I research about this car, the more I fall in love with it, the more motivated I am to make it happen!!
2013 Hot Lava Scion FR-S WILL BE MINE