Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is All Show and No Go

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Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is All Show and No Go

Since Scion launched its affordable sports car in 2013, customers have been demanding a faster version, and the brand is finally delivering… sort of. 

Enter the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0, a special edition of the car which gets unique style and some track-focused bits like a custom aero-kit and lowering springs. Nothing happens to the engine however, which remains a 2.0-liter four cylinder that makes 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The release series can be had with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

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All of the car parts come from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and include a quad-tip exhaust, lowering springs and a new aerodynamic kit. For looks, the Release Series gets a yellow finish known as bright Yuzu, a new rear spoiler, HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights and black side fender accents.

Inside, the car gets a TRD steering wheel and shift knob along with black seats, auto-climate control and cargo mats with the TRD logo.

Only 1500 of these cars will be built, and each will sell for somewhere below $30,000. according to Toyota.

GALLERY: Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0

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GALLERY: Scion FR-S RS 1.0

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Discuss this story at our Scion FR-S forum

  • Theguy

    The car is already overpriced so VOILA!! you have yet another gt86 that won’t sell very well. Tsk tsk.

  • cypher

    I think Toyota grossly mis-marketed this car.

    It seems to be too expensive for their intended audience, namely younger people who would buy it and tune it with aftermarket stuff. Somewhat understandable until you start comparing it to other cars such as the GTI, Genesis Coupe 2.0T, and miata which have similar performance for a similar price and all of which play to a slightly older audience (I’m guessing).

    On the other hand, there are older guys such as myself who like the idea of a small, affordable sports car but wish this one had just a little more power/bigger tires and maybe a few more options – and I’d be willing to pay a little more than the current price. I’m guessing the primary competitor for the theoretical FR-S could be the Nissan Z.

    Along comes the 1.0 edition which, frankly, I can’t see appealing to anyone over the age of 25. I personally find aero kits and fancy exhaust tips silly – there’s a reason I don’t drive a Subaru STI, I don’t want a car that has a spoiler that looks like a park bench.

    I think Toyota really needs to figure out how to sell not only this car but the entire Scion brand which seems to be in having an identity crisis.

  • Disqus11111

    Toyota/Subaru has blown it with this car. Only cosmetic upgrades can be had. IT’s become pathetic. The car could have been huge. It could have become an icon like the original Datsun 240Z. Instead, it’s a millimeter from being a chick car. These people are as dumb as the fools running Acura.

  • Pete Flynn

    This looks like it was drawn by a middle-schoolboy!
    WAY too busy. They have a good thing going with the basic lines and I can’t imagine why it needs to be screwed-up with a bunch of gee-gaws and crap!

  • Jason

    Was really hoping they’d clean up the look a bit and deliver a larger powerplant. In the looks department I’ve always thought the FR-S has always kind of looked a little “girlie” like a Mazda 3 or something. At 2700lbs+ I’d really like to see a HP and torque figure to match with 10hp and 10ft-lbs per pound of weight. A forced induction 3.5L 2GR-FE for 2GR-FSE would be sweet in this thing. Maybe that will be my next project… that is, if I can fix the look.

  • Shiratori90

    What a douche…….

  • Z

    A yellow bus is not what we need! I want more hp, torque, wider wheels, growlier exhaust sound and a rear camera please! Can we also get some cooler color choices. Challengers and Chargers and many others get way more options.