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2016 Detroit Auto Show: Scion offers FR-S Release Series 2.0 at limited run of only 1k units

People who want to experience the luxury and power of the new 2016 Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 will have to be quick with their pre-orders. Scion is only offering the limited edition vehicle at 1,000 units, and it is sure to sell like pancakes with its premium features and luxurious amenities available only with this limited edition Scion Release Series.

One look at the interiors of the Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 and you can see what’s in store for the fortunate buyers. A black-and-camel theme dominates the Alcantara and leather upholstery inside the FR-S Release Series 2.0.

Black and camel colors are prominent not only on the heated seats in the interiors, but also on its door armrest, center armrests, knee pads, and steering wheel. Camel colors are also used in the stitching. As proof of its exclusivity, each unit’s dashboard is embroidered with a numbered badge indicating the unit’s position in the 1000-unit limited run.

Read the entire article 2016 Detroit Auto Show: Scion offers FR-S Release Series 2.0 at limited run of only 1k units

Scion introduces all-new FR-S Release Series 2.0, set to be released in 2016

Considered as the most stylish version of this sports car, the all new Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 will be available in the market in 2016. With only 1,000 units available and fitted with the most luxurious appointments and additional premium features, the new FR-S Release Series 2.0 is by far the most exclusive and the most highly coveted Scion Release Series model.

New Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 comes with a luxurious black and camel themed interior, including an all-black Alcantara and leather heated seats with camel-colored accents.

The leather steering wheel also uses black and camel. The cars shift knob, parking brake lever, center armrest and knee pads are all covered in black leather.

Read the entire article Scion introduces all-new FR-S Release Series 2.0, set to be released in 2016

2014 SEMA Show: Scion FR-S by Super Street

The Scion FR-S is becoming more and more popular among tuning companies and promises to be the star at the 2014 SEMA Show. This time, Super Street is the company to present a custom version of the FR-S and as you can see from the photos, the new vehicle is wider, wilder but also louder. According to the company, the custom FR-S received a TRD Release Series 1.0 front bumper, rear bumper as well as a fender garnish.

In addition, there are Aeroflow Dynamics side skirt add-on, front splitter and fog light delete. Furthermore, there are Rocket Bunny x GReddy Version 1 front fenders and Version 2 rear fenders, carbon trunk and hood from Seibon, Bulletproof Automotive x Crystal Eyes Taillights and a PPG Speed Yellow Paint. The exterior design is completed by the custom 18-inch Floss Edition BBS LM wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.

The suspension system was also upgraded with KW Clubsport coilovers, an Eibach rear camber kit as well as a roll center bumpsteer kit, front control arms, two-point sway bar brace and White line front and rear sway bars. Inside, there is a Godspeed custom 6-point rollcage, new Recaro Sportsster CS seats, a new steering wheel, Works Bell steering hub and quick-release adapter, a new Pioneer Avic-800 NEX head unit, 12-inch subwoofers, amps and speaker components.

Read the entire article 2014 SEMA Show: Scion FR-S by Super Street

2014 SEMA Preview: Scion FR-S T1 is a head-turning targa top by Cartel Customs

Scion announced that at the 2014 SEMA Show it will bring the head-turning targa top FR-S. Built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs, the Scion FR-S T1 comes with a two-tone finish that includes a black targa and a custom Azzuro California Blue.

As you can see, the vehicle arrives with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper, enlarged front and rear fenders, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and central exhaust system as well as a stylish boot lid.

Moreover, the vehicle features a Greedy street turbo kit, KW coil-over suspension and an OEM Audio+ System 400 complemented by a Pioneer AVIC-8000NEC head unit. The design is completed by 19-inch forged wheels, which hides the Wilwood Big Brake Kit with custom nickel-plated finish.

Read the entire article 2014 SEMA Preview: Scion FR-S T1 is a head-turning targa top by Cartel Customs

Cosworth decided that it is time to offer an upgrade for the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT86. As a result, the company launched a series of Power Packages options for the FA20 engine platform.

The Stage 1 Power Package offers a power increase of up to 230 bhp and includes a Cosworth free flow sports exhaust system manufactured in partnership with Nameless Performance, a “Power by Cosworth” calibration kit, a new Cosworth vehicle badge and authentication plaque as well as a Cosworth performance filtration solution and a low temperature thermostat that works together with the exhaust and calibration kit.

Using the same approach as that of Formula One or sports car racing in general, Cosworth has come out with an offering that is guaranteed to excite professionals and enthusiasts alike. The Cosworth Power Packages offer power upgrades that no other than the company’s already legendary engineering team can deliver.

Read the entire article Cosworth upgrades the Toyota GT 86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

As you may know already, Toyota updated the GT86 and as expected, Scion also revealed the upgraded FR-S. So, for the 2015MY, the Scion FR-S promises better handling and stability due to a rigid front suspension and retuned rear shock absorbers. Thanks to the new upgrades, the result is less body roll and an improved driving experience.

Just like on the GT86, the 2015 Scion FR-S arrives with a new shark-fin antenna that replaces the pole antenna found on the previous model. In addition, the exhaust tips are larger and more flush with the rear bumper.

The interior was also upgraded with a new panel with a carbon fiber look, new key design and the addition of auto on/off headlights. Pricing for the 2015 Scion FR-S starts at $24,900 for the version equipped with a manual transmission.

Read the entire article Scion FR-S arrives with new goodies for the 2015MY and a price tag of $24,900

Scion has unveiled its FR-S Release Series 1.0 at the New York International Auto Show, drawing on track history and the known expertise of Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Available only in 1,500 examples, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 boasts of improved features like a custom-designed aero kit with a rear spoiler and side fender garnish as well as highlights like the TRD Quad Tip Exhaust System, TRD lowering springs and Smart Key with Push Button Start.

Scion Vice President Doug Murtha remarked that it is fitting that the first Scion FR-S Release Series draws on TRD heritage that inspired the FR-S design. He remarked that FR-S fans will sure appreciate the side spoilers and lowered stance provides “a look and feel meant for the track” at a price meant for them."

The Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 can be availed with either six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management technology. FR-S Release Series 1.0 also features TRD steering wheel, TRD shift knob, black seats with T-pattern, HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, dual auto AC and TRD logo cargo mat.

Read the entire article Scion unveils FR-S Release Series 1.0 at 2014 New York Auto Show

Holden may start to offer a Toyota 86 fighter to its lineup if General Motors North America chief Mark Reuss is successful in his goal to offer a budget-buy rear-wheel drive Chevrolet coupe to the market. It didn’t get the green light for production yet but it was previewed by the 2012’s Code 130R concept car and it definitely has the attention of the former Holden chief.

The 86, which is available as the Scion FR-S in the US, and its nearly identical win, the Subaru BRZ, swept all before them last year.

Its demand surpassed supply and it has received numerous awards for car of the year due mostly to its inexpensive rear-drive oversteer feature. Reuss also said that this model would make a “great entry” for the company.

Read the entire article GM planning a Scion FR-S rival

The Scion FR-S will go up against the other members of the GTS class such as the V8-powered Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros at the Pirelli World Challenge series in 2013. Robert Stout will be driving the Scion FR-S. During the 2010 season, Stout experienced a lot of success in racing a Scion tC.

In the 2010 campaign in Pirelli World Challenge, Stout earned the Drivers’ Championship, Rookie of the Year, and Sunoco Hard Charger Awards in the Touring Car class. In 12 starts and one pole, he earned five wins, nine podium finishes, and 11 top-five results.

In that season, Scion got its first-ever Touring Car Manufacturers’ Championship. Scion, together with long-time KSR partner, Lucas Oil, will be supporting the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge GTS campaign.

Read the entire article Scion FR-S heads up to Pirelli World Challenge series in 2013

Toyota and Subaru are currently working hard to fix the issues that hound their jointly developed sporty coupes. The initial batches of Subaru BRZ coupe and its Scion FR-S twin, which is also known as Toyota FT-86 outside the US, have shown some problems caused by a software mapping glitch.

While Toyota and Subaru officials say the problem is simply a software glitch and does not involve any mechanical defect, some coupe owners beg to disagree, saying that the fix that the carmakers have suggested has failed to keep the problem from recurring.

According to Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons, when the vehicles’ engine control unit (ECU) is installed, it adapts to the powertrain and owner's driving patterns in a process called adaptive learning. However those settings are basically frozen in the ECU within 100 miles.

Read the entire article Toyota and Subaru working to fix defects on Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S

The success of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ has encouraged other Japanese automakers to build a compact sports car of their own. Nissan, which is famous for offering the finest and most affordable rear-wheel drive sports coupes currently available on the market, is developing a ‘Mini-Z’ model that’s targeted at rivalling the latest product from Toyota.

It’s quite odd that the Japanese company is working on a front-wheel drive instead of a rear-wheel drive sports car but there will likely be an all-wheel drive version based on the Juke’s all-mode 4×4 i-system with torque vectoring. Much of the Mini-Z’s development will originate from the current Juke crossover platform, which include the 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant that delivers 190-hp.

This isn’t exactly the 200hp that the FR-S and BRZ are capable of but being turbocharged offers a “thrill” when driving due to its wider torque range. It’s not certain if this front-wheel drive sports car would be offered in the U.S.

Read the entire article Nissan wants a new sports car to take on Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ

Edmunds.com said that the vehicles that sold the fastest in May included Subaru and Toyota’s newly launched sports cars and hybrids aside from the usual models. The Subaru BRZ is at No. 1 while Toyota's Scion FR-S is No. 2 in this list. Edmunds.com made this list by calculating the days-to-turn, which is the number of days from the day that the vehicle arrived at the dealership until the day it is sold.

It only took four days to sell the BRZ while the FR-S sold after just five days. The industry, on average, takes 53 days to sell a unit. Subaru and Toyota have developed both of these entry-level, rear-drive sports coupes. Their prices are around $25,000, and they have the same underpinnings. Toyota and Subaru came together to develop inexpensive, basic 2+2 sports cars that will be their halo models.

The rear-drive-only BRZ gives Subaru a sporty offering that is priced lower than the WRX. But for Scion, the GT 86 is reminiscent of the Toyota AE86, a moderately-priced sports car available from 1983 to 1987 that had been what inspired the FR-S design. The cars built by Subaru in Japan have been getting a lot of praises.

Read the entire article Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ were the vehicles that sold the fastest in May

Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are being recalled because of a typo in the owner’s manual, specifically the “smart” airbags in the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. The system determines the occupants’ weight in the passenger seat and it then disables the airbags for children or small adults. It isn’t clear in the owner’s manual what the circumstances are of disabling the passenger airbag.

According to a Subaru spokesman, the recall would simply require the pasting of a new page over the old one in the owner’s manual.

This problem affects around 400 Subaru BRZ models that were already sold and 1,200 units that were about to be delivered. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted on its Web site that the recall involves 1,156 units of the Scion FR-S.

Read the entire article Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ recalled because of a typo in the owner’s manual

Someone has heard your prayers as today as Toyota decided to build a convertible version of the GT86/Scion FR-S. We don’t know exactly if we will see a Subaru BRZ Cabrio, but if the two vehicles will be a success, why not, right? We already got the idea of how the Scion FR-S Cabrio will look like, as Cartel already chopped the sporty coupe, but the official version will definitely be different.

As expected, the convertible version of the Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S will use the same platform as the coupe versions.

In fact, the platform is good enough to be used on a small four-door sedan or a larger two-door coupe. Under the hood, we find the same 2.0-liter boxer-four engine delivering 200 hp and mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic gearbox.

Read the entire article Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 Cabrio to be introduced in 2014

The 2013 Scion FR-S sports cars will be launched later this year. Scion VP Jack Hollis is highly optimistic about this model. He aims to sell between 10,000 and 20,000 units annually and expects to sell each unit that is built. Wards Auto said that Hollis anticipates that it will sell about 10,000 units for 2012, when the FR-S is available for just a portion of the year.

Scion claims that it has already received 1243 pre-orders for the car. Another 27,000 people have expressed interest in buying an FR-S when it starts selling this spring. Hollis thinks that Scion will have an easier time of selling more units than Subaru, which had jointly built the car with Toyota and will be selling its version, the BRZ.

He pointed out Scion’s extensive dealer network, its non-negotiable Pure Price strategy, and the gap in the market for a lightweight rear-wheel drive sports car.

Read the entire article Scion expects to sell up to 20,000 FR-S sports cars each year

Toyota has announced more details about the accessories available for the U.S.-spec 2013 Scion FR-S, which will go on sale very soon. Scion dealers will be offering a new body kit as the first accessory. Toyota’s TRD performance wing provides its own body kit abroad but what Scion dealers will sell instead is a four-piece body kit from tuning company Five Axis.

The kit is comprised of a new lower fascia and bold rocker sills that kink upwards into the rear fenders’ character lines. A more appealing rear diffuser is also offered. Buyers can opt to get the kit in a pre-painted form. They could also ask for a rear spoiler. Pricing wasn’t revealed but it’s rumored that it will be priced at around $1900 for a painted four-piece kit. It also includes a one-year warranty.

TRD focused on its performance hardware. Sources say that most options offered overseas for the GT-86 can also be ordered in the U.S. TRD’s catalog for the U.S. market reportedly includes a cold-air intake, short shifter, a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels, a performance front brake kit, a revised exhaust system, lowering springs, sway bars, and a strut tower brace. What isn’t likely to be offered abroad is the adjustable damper kit.

Read the entire article 2013 Scion FR-S will get a Five Axis body kit as the first accessory

Toyota Racing introduced a custom-built Scion FR-S Speedster show vehicle on April 13 in celebration of the 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Joe Iacono of Iacono Design and Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs designed and assembled this car, which could be seen on the site as well as on a limited edition poster to commemorate the race event.

The custom show vehicle, the product of cooperation between Toyota and Scion (its youth brand), is based on the 2013 Scion FR-S, a rear-wheel-drive sports car with superbly balanced performance and handling, gripping style, flexible utility and very good fuel economy. The makers of the FR-S took inspiration from the AE86 generation of the Corolla, known better as the “Hachi-Roku,” which means “8-6” in Japanese.

Its design matches its core goal to achieve “pure balance,” as evidenced by its compact size, flat shape and strategic use of the world’s only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. The car was styled by Cartel Customs to play up Toyota’s rich racing heritage. It has the number 86 on its door panels and rear wing and also gets the Toyota Racing’s distinctive paint scheme.

Read the entire article Cartel Customs does the Scion FR-S Speedster

Scion's 2013 FR-S compact rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle is available for as low as $24,200 (manufacturer's suggested retail price) when fitted with a six-speed manual transmission. As for the unit with a six-speed automatic transmission, pricing begins at $25,300. The automatic transmission boasts of rev-match technology and paddle shifters.

FR-S stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport. The coupe is the fifth model in Scion's product lineup. It will be launched for sale this spring. The high performance vehicle is the company's representation of a genuine rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle with outstanding balanced handling and performance, flexible utility, surprising fuel efficiency and compelling style. This automobile is considered as a true "scion," born into a long history of Toyota performance vehicles and motorsports.

The vehicle takes inspiration from the AE86 generation of the Corolla, which is known as the Hachi-Roku (Japanese terms which translate to "8-6"). The AE86 was a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe that was well balanced and lightweight -- features that made the vehicle popular to driving enthusiasts. With the AE86 as inspiration, the FR-S is developed around the core goal of attaining "Pure Balance." The balance starts with the strategic utilization of the only flat boxer engine in the world into a rear-wheel-drive, front-engine configuration.

Read the entire article Scion reveals pricing for 2013 FR-S, will go on sale this spring

Toyota Motor Corp. will not provide a strippo version of the Scion FR-S when the sporty car makes its arrival in the U.S. later this year. This is a marked contrast to the marketing plans in Japan where a bare-bones edition will be offered to appeal to tuners who want to customize. In addition, Toyota will provide several higher grades of this car in Japan.

Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said that Scion's one-trim-level U.S. policy prevents this marketing in the U.S., at least for now.

The U.S. version is comparable to the upper-level GT version that will be available in Japan beginning April 6. But Tada admits that a stripped-down U.S. version is a possible option for later.

Read the entire article Toyota will not offer a strippo version of the Scion FR-S in the U.S.

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda didn’t immediately like the Scion FR-S sporty coupe. When it was in development, Toyoda would test-drive it once each month. He had plenty of criticism throughout the entire process. Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said that the worst criticism from Toyoda was when he immediately halted during a test run. Tada went on to describe the vehicle as a “car he couldn’t “talk to.” Tada said, “It was a turning point in terms of what direction we would develop the car.”

Toyota is extremely focused on the FR-S (known in the U.S. as the Toyota 86), highlighting how Toyoda places a personal touch on them. Toyoda is a multi-awarded accomplished racer.

To describe his position at its top test driver, Toyoda shed a “sometimes cryptic lexicon to describe his role as the company’s top test driver.” She is a chef who has been “flavoring” the vehicles.

Read the entire article Toyota president liked the Scion FR-S only when he was able to “talk to” it