It seem like Scion has been planning a faster more powerful FR-S since before the sports car was first released. From the very first time the FR-S’ and BRZ’s horsepower numbers were revealed and the company saw the reaction that garnered, Scion has been looking for ways to buff it up.
A Hybrid FR-S was discussed, turbochargers were dismissed, and a bigger 2.5-liter FR-S seemed immanent, but no high power FR-S has materialized. Now it seems like instead of picking a power adder, Scion is just going to do everything. Motor Trend claims that a source inside Toyota Japan confirmed earlier reports that a 2.5-liter turbocharged hybrid FR-S Sedan with all-wheel drive that will cost around $50,000. The FR-S sedan will join the lineup in 2015, after the FR-S Convertible.
More exciting than a Hyundai Genesis competitor, though, is the news that a turbo FR-S coupe is on the way. A turbocharged engine, either the 2.5-liter turbo from the U.S. Sedan or the 2.0 turbo that will be used in the Japanese FR-S sedan, will be available in the FR-S coupe in 2016. Pricing for the FR-S turbo should start just over $30,000.
No word yet on power output from the FR-S 2.5-liter turbo hybrid or the FR-S 2.5-liter turbo non-hybrid. FR-S turbo kits are easily pushing over 300-horsepower, which would match the FR-S turbo well against the Nissan 370z.
The Scion FR-S Convertible has had a tumultuous incubation. Toyota developed the concept FR-S convertible for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and showed it off to U.S. Toyota dealers that year as an incentive to keep those dealers from dropping the Scion brand altogether. Subaru vetoed the idea of an FR-S and BRZ Convertible, saying that the extra weight of the removable top would compromise the BRZ’s sporty feel. Since then, Toyota has publicly pondered going ahead with the FR-S Convertible alone, and now it looks like the drop top FR-S will finally see the light of day.
Motor Trend claims that the Scion FR-S Convertible will hit showroom floors in October 2014, only six months from now. The FR-S Convertible’s price will be between $35,000 and $38,000, about $10,000 more than the FR-S starts at. The FR-S Convertible’s weight will go up by about 60-lbs thanks to the power top, which will be enough to necessitate minor suspension upgrades. That power top should fold down in less than 20 seconds.
The Scion FR-S is almost the perfect car. It’s beautiful, it’s fun to drive, with a turbo kit and a big brake kit it will outperform anything on the road, girls and boys alike will stare when you drive by in it, it may or may not be able to cure premature baldness. There are a few things the FR-S and it’s sister the Subaru BRZ can’t do though. Hauling a 4×8 sheet of plywood. Picking up the in-laws and their luggage from the airport. Holding a week’s worth of camping supplies. Making it to the ski slopes mid storm. All things the FR-S isn’t particularly well suited for.
Scion knows this, so they have launched Scion Swap. Scion FR-S owners can use the Scion Swap program to get ten days of free rentals on the Toyota Tacoma, Sienna, Prius or Camry each year. The Scion Swap program is launching in Houston, Miami and Phoenix for now but will spread if it turns out to be popular.
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Scion is paying owners to race the FR-S in several different closed course races. The program, which is only for Canadian FR-S owners right now, offers up to $800 payouts for winners and up to $350 for participants.
The Scion Racing Contingency will pay FR-S owners to participate in autocross, time attack and drift events and earn from $40 to$350 just for racing or between $100 and $800 for a win.
“The Scion Racing Contingency Program has only been in existence for two years, but we have already made a major contribution to grassroots motorsports in Canada,” said Cyril Dimitris, Director of Scion Canada. “We look forward to continuing the momentum in 2014 for this exceptional program. As part of its evolution, we’re pleased to announce changes to the payout ratio to better reward racers who demonstrate a higher level of participation.”
Most carmakers tout the performance of their cars breathlessly in advertisements and then when owners start using that performance, they quickly turn their back. The lawyers and bureaucrats in charge void warranties and make protective statements, ignoring the fact that sports cars are built to be raced. Scion isn’t most carmakers though and the company has announced that the Scion Racing Contingency will continue for all Scion owners, not just those who drive an FR-S.
Source: Auto Evolution.