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The Scion FR-S is Dead, Long Live the FR-S

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Toyota is officially killing off the Scion brand. Toyota lost its cool when Scion didn’t sell well because their cars weren’t cool. Scion lost its cool when the xB toaster turned into a toaster oven big enough to heat up a pizza along with a side of fries and the tC was never really updated and the xA and xD weren’t much more than boring cheap cars, all in all, the brand got out-cooled by the Nissan Cube and Juke.

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By the time the FR-S came along and had car-folk interested in the brand, everything else on the lot was boring. Now the brand will be scuttled and will rest in Davy Jones’ locker with Merkur, Saturn, Edsel, Daewoo, Hummer, and all the other brands that were born from a good idea by a big automaker and died ignominiously because that automaker either couldn’t stick to a plan or needed money elsewhere and couldn’t afford to invest them anymore.

Toyota tried to convince dealers to stick with Scion at the 2013 national dealer meeting by offering the FR-S Convertible, but that never happened. With nothing else exciting pushing sales (like maybe an FR-S Supra or even a turbo FR-S or 2.5-liter FR-S, or even more interesting options in the Release Series) it’s not surprising that the doors are shutting on Toyota’s “urban” “youth” “fun” brand.

The good news is that the FR-S will continue life as the Toyota 86, which means big T will get to save a few pennies by consolidating badges going on the car as it’s shipped around the world.

Optimism is contagious so let’s say this is a good thing because obviously the only thing stopping Toyota from releasing the new Supra was that it wouldn’t wear the Toyota badge if they sold it on the FR-S platform. Changing the FR-S into a Toyota 86 removes the last big hurdle and before long we’ll see a turbo Toyota running with the big dogs again.

Toyota Registers S-FR Trademark – Here’s What It Means For The Next Supra

No, it won’t have a 2JZ.

The new Supra has been an object of optimistic speculation for almost two decades. Since the Supra left us in 1998, import fans have been feverish for a replacement. Now a trademark registration by Toyota might have clued us in on the new Supra’s official name… and more.

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Toyota officially registered the trademark for the name S-FR on May 28th, according to Autoguide. Given the close approximation to the FR-S name, it’s no stretch to assume that the car will be closely related to the company’s only existing sports car. Add to that Toyota’s new relationship with BMW for what can only be considered the Supra replacement as the company’s flagship sportscar, and we now have very strong evidence that Toyota plans to use the Scion brand and the FR-S platform (probably the second generation FR-S since it will be easier to build a new platform for a heavier, stronger engine than to rework the first gen) to build the new Supra S-FR.

Whether the S-FR is the next Supra or not, the trademark registration shows that Toyota is dedicated to keeping the FR-S alive with future variations.

This will also leave the door open for a BRZ STI with a bigger, stronger turbocharged engine. Who’s ready for a V6 S-FR Supra vs Turbo-4 BRZ STI battle?

FR-S Midlife Crisis Will Mean Facelift, More Power For 2017

 

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Artist’s rendering of what an FR-S might look like with Toyota’s corporate grill

The Scion FR-S will get a mid-cycle update and like so many people who have a midlife crisis, the car will get a facelift and get stronger to try to reclaim its youth. According to Motoring.com.au, the FR-S’ new look will have a larger lower grill, a new hood, new headlights, and a redesigned rear bumper new with the exhaust pushed further out. Oh, and most importantly MORE POWER!

The 2017 FR-S will get an eight horsepower bump to 208. Not enough to really change the car’s driving dynamic or have you hunting Corvettes, but enough that 2017 buyers should be able to edge out owners of earlier cars (unless they’ve been modded, but who would ever do that?).

Sadly, unlike a lot of midlife crisisers, the FR-S won’t get a convertible. Toyota says sales are too low to justify the convertible we’ve been hoping for. Obviously when the buying public grows less enthused about the thing you’re selling, you definitely don’t want to introduce exciting features or upgrades, you want to stay the course.

As I’ve pointed out in the past, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and all the other small automakers that can’t afford to completely redesign their models every couple years have figured out the key to selling enthusiast cars without having to compete with the used market for the same car you’re selling: introduce special editions and new bodystyles so that the novelty and exclusivity of the car never wears off. This is a good start, but how much more excited would you be for a 2.5-liter FR-S or an FR-S convertible?

 

 

Stifled STI – Subaru Finally Announces a BRZ STI, But It Won’t Be Any Faster

“It’s been a long time, it’s been a long time coming” – Puff Daddy

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Subaru is finally releasing a BRZ STI. If that sentence conjures dreams of turbos and hood scoops and AWD donuts, it’s time to wake up.
The BRZ STI won’t have any more power. Unfortunately the BRZ STI will only be another tweaking of the standard BRZ like the BRZ Series.Blue, the FR-S Release Series 1.0, or the BRZ tS.

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“That’s not what this car is about. We feel this car has enough power” a Subaru rep said, carefully toeing the company line. “It’s all about elevating the car’s already great cornering capability. That’s what drivers want, an ultimate connection with the road. And our job is to develop parts that reach this goal.”

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Instead, the 2015 Subaru BRZ tS STI (yes Subaru does still love tacking on extra nonsensical letters, at least they haven’t lost that) will get new Bilstein struts, drilled brake rotors, a flexible V bar style strut tower brace, a new muffler, unique 18-inch wheels, Recaro seats and a unique lip kit. The price for all this will come out to 4,000,000 yen, or about $33,000 US. So at least the original JDM BRZ STI won’t cost you too much.

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There’s always hope for a real BRZ STI on the second generation BRZ.

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Source: Motoring

Scion “Went Down Swinging,” But FR-S Convertible Will Not Be Built

We’re going down, down in an earlier round and sugar we’re going down swinging

The FR-S convertible is dead. Scion fought for the car and despite Subaru’s veto, Toyota was planning to manufacture the car itself, but there was no market outside the United States that could anticipate sales high enough to justify production.

“So on the convertible we went down swinging,” Scion Senior Vice President Doug Murtha told WardsAuto. I think we were pretty aggressive on our (submitted plan), but we looked at what we would have conceivably lost on the product and said, ‘We’re not going to even push it further.Nobody was more disappointed than we were.”

Scion FR-S sales have been declining steeply, which is to be expected when a car has been around for a couple years, so Scion is looking for something to get buyers interested again. It won’t be a turbo model though, according to Murtha “that’s not something that’s coming.” That technically leave the possibility of a 2.5-liter FR-S though, so there’s still hope for more power For now, Scion is banking on the Release Series 1.0 reawakening the public’s love of the car, or maybe they’ll actually build the FR-S Targa

The car dealers that were shown the convertible FR-S as an incentive to keep their Scion branches open must feel awful, like they were dealing with a company that didn’t care about honesty at all and would say anything to keep them around longer, hoping that the more time they invested, the less likely they were to walk away. So now they know how it feels.

Scion FR-S Lightning McQueen Edition Will Make You The King of the Schoolyard

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Here’s how I know this guy loves his kid more than my dad loved me: he turned his FR-S, a sexy red sports car, into Lightning McQueen. If my dad had really loved me, the family Jeep would have been replaced with a red sports car just like this one. But instead all I got was a bad skin and an abandonment complex.

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Ryan Lee from Speedworks Engineering built his FR-S into lightning McQueen with some custom vinyl so that his son could be the coolest kid in school. Oh and the FR-S is turbo with 300-hp, so it’s got that going for it too.

This is the single coolest modification you can make to your FR-S, forget your Rocket Bunnys and your 2JZ swaps. You’re a fool if you don’t copy this guy. Unless you don’t have kids. if you don’t have kids, don’t do this. You’ll just end up having to try to explain it to the police and then introducing yourself to your neighbors for the rest of your life.

Here’s a video of the unveiling:

 

Source: The Clipping Point

Super Street Builds a Stanced Widebody ITB FR-S for the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA

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Super Street built an awesome widebody FR-S for the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA that takes all the ingredients popular in tuning right now – stance, crazy engine customization, widebody (which will never go out of style) and combines them into a delicious gumbo.

Super Street was the only entrant into the Tuner Challenge to keep the FR-S Release Series 1.0 paint scheme intact, GT Channel went with a gorgeous two-tone silver and Speedhunters painted theirs white with retro stripes. In addition to the bright yellow paint, which is actually PPG Speed Yellow, not Kudzu Yellow, the Super Street FR-S has Rocket Bunny fenders (V1 in front and V2 in rear) with the screw pockets shaved for a cleaner look, Aeroflow side skirts, front splitter and fog light delete, Seibon carbon fiber trunk and hood, and Bulletproof Automotive x Crystal Eyes taillights. Wheels are 18×10.25 and 18×12.25 FLOSS EDITION BBS LMs with 275-width front and 295-width rear Nittos.

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The engine has been outfitted with Borla Induction 45mm DCOE individual throttle bodies with 70mm velocity stacks, a fuel rail, 1000cc injectors, and a MOTEC tune. The engine bay has been completely shaved and all accessories hidden, which makes the FA20 boxer look really special.

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The stance comes from KW Clubsport coilovers, an Eibach rear camber kit, Whiteline front & rear sway bars with two point mounts, Whiteline front control arms, and a Whiteline roll center and bump steer kit. The FR-S got a Wilwood 6-piston front and 4-piston rear big brake kit.

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Inside the Super Street FR-S has Recaro CS seats, a Personal steering wheel, a custom stereo with 12” subwoofers, and a 6 point Godspeed roll cage.

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If you’re a male (or a cool female) between the ages of 25 and 35, you may remember Super Street as THE go to drooling magazine for import cars. No matter what cheap Japanese car your parents agreed to buy you when you turned 16, Super Street at some point showed you some kind of awesome lambo-doored monstrosity you could build it into (my 93 corolla was going to have suicide doors, flames with textured paint so they looked wet all the time and a Camry V6, it got none of those things). The magazine of note for pimply faced Jesse from The Fast and The Furious wannabes (be honest, he was the only one you could identify with) knows a little bit about show cars, and it shows.

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Source: Scion

GT Channel FR-S for SEMA 2014

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An FR-S concept car that isn’t widebody? That’s almost as rare as an unmolested 240SX. So what can you do to the FR-S besides slap a Rocket Bunny kit on it? GT Channel took the high road and decided to find out for their SEMA 2014 FR-S build.

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GT Channel teamed up with legendary Japanese tuner Mine’s for the build, which is sort of cheating but since this was a contest between media companies and it’s all about publicity and building great cars on the FR-S platform, they get a pass. For the body kit, the understated but beautiful GT Channel FR-S uses an Espirit front lip, TRD sideskirts and a Seibon carbon fiber diffuser. The carbon diffuser is matched with a Seibon carbon hood and trunk. Wheels are 18-inch Volk Racing ZE40 with 265-widrth Bridgestone Potenza R11S tiresThe two-tone paint and bright blue accents give the FR-S a high tech look, sort of like the glowing emblems the Release Series 1.0 comes with.

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GT Channel added an HKS GT supercharger along with an Unorthodox Racing crank pulley, a Ganador exhaust with 5Zigen straight pipe and a CSF Radiator. The KW coilover kit, along with supporting suspension mods, was tuned by MotoIQ.

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Inside the GT Channel FR-S has Recaro racing seats Takata harnesses (AAH SHRAPNEL!) and a Pioneer sound system.

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Source: Scion

Video – 400 HP Supercharged Scion FR-S Hits The Track

There’s one reason you buy a Scion FR-S and bolt a supercharger to it: to drive fast. Taking one of the most fun to drive cars on the market today and doubling the horsepower with a supercharger kit is one of the most fool-proof ways to put a smile on any car lover’s face.

This FR-S was built by French tuner Monstaka with an HKS supercharger kit and a few other mods including an exhaust to give the beast 400-horsepower. The video shows a hot lap of the Magny Cours Club track faster than a Porsche Cayman GTS.

Here’s a rundown of some lap times of the Magny Cours Club:
Lotus Exige S – 1’23”22
BMW M4 – 1’23”72
Scion FR-S by Monstaka – 1’23’75
Porsche Cayman GTS – 1’24”21
Alfa Romeo 4C – 1’24”91
Stock Scion FR-S 1’31”20

If the sound of the supercharged FR-S didn’t put a smile on your face, beating a Porsche Cayman GTS will.

SEMA 2014 – Scion FR-S T1 Targa Isn’t A Convertible, But It’s Halfway There

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Scion’s FR-S Targa SEMA 2014 car gives us new hope for multiple body styles in the FR-S. The FR-S Targa has removable center roof section (hence the name) rear window louvres that will hopefully make their way to the aftermarket and a widebody kit.

The FR-S T1 was built by Cartel Customs for Scion’s SEMA booth and sits on KW Coilovers and forged 19-inch wheels. The targa top isn’t the only custom bit on the FR-S T1, it also has a custom widebody kit with a center mounted exhaust. It’s not all show either, a Greddy turbo kit has been installed along with a Wilwood big brake kit.

Like Bon Jovi said, we’re halfway there, woah-oh living on a prayer. We still don’t have an FR-S convertible (besides the original concept car), but the Targa shows that Scion wants more than just a coupe out of the FR-S.

An FR-S Targa isn’t a convertible, you can’t just toss a surfboard in and go to the beach and your back seat passengers won’t get much of a tan, but it would make the FR-S a closer competitor to the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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Source: Carscoops