Scion-ara: The FR-S is Becoming the Toyota 86

Scion-ara: The FR-S is Becoming the Toyota 86

When Scion officially folds and the FR-S becomes a Toyota model this summer in North America, the car will be known as the Toyota 86. 

This was confirmed on Toyota’s own Driver Seat blog, where a caption of a photo of the FR-S reads, “the FR-S will become the Toyota 86 when it debuts this fall.” That photo is included in a blog post about Scion which discusses the brand’s legacy in the industry.

Currently, the sports car is sold as the Toyota 86 (seen above) in Asia, South Africa, South America and Australia while it is sold as the GT86 in Europe. It is also sold as the Subaru BRZ around the world, as Subaru and Toyota collaborated to create the car.

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Nothing else is known about the new North American Toyota 86 at this time, though other updates and changes are likely coming to the revised car.

When Scion announced it was shutting down, it said that the FR-S, iA and iM would become Toyota models while the tC will be discontinued. New naming schemes for the iA and iM are unknown at this time.

The Scion brand will officially close its doors in August, 2016.

Discuss this story at our Scion FR-S Forum

  • This should have happened to begin with.

  • Bug S Bunny

    That makes so much (non)sense. Celica. Period.

  • Cody Beisel

    I’d like a new lighter version of the tc badged celica. Put a real motor in it this time!!!

  • smartacus

    i agree! Call it the Celica

  • Shiratori1

    It’s not a Celica. The last Celica was FWD.

  • NewGuy

    There’s clearly a market for the tC, it just needs to be updated more often to keep it competitive.

  • Cody Beisel

    Actually even though I enjoyed the fwd and awd celica the originals all the way up to the 90s were rwd and shaped similarly to the mustangs of the time

  • Cody Beisel

    The tc was a missed opportunity and the frs is just to expensive

  • BJ Rosete (Jay)

    If scion models were to be rebadged, then it would possibly be:

    • Scion iA >> Toyota ?

    • Scion iM >> Toyota Auris (This might possibly change)

    • Scion FR-S >> Toyota 86

    • Scion xB >> Toyota BB (This model is discontinued)

    • Scion tC >> ?? (Soon to be discontinued)

    Again this may not be true as these are my predictions…

  • Bug S Bunny

    And the FIRST Celica was RWD…what’s your point?

  • You pretty much called it, though the iA is now the Yaris iA.

  • Chris Daigle

    86? That’s the restaurant code for “get rid of it.” That ranks right up there with Chevy selling the Nova (no go) in Mexico.

  • lanmanna

    Cool story, bro.

  • lanmanna

    The FR-S isn’t expensive at all…

  • Cody Beisel

    The tc started at 18,999 and the frs is 25,499. Thats a big price difference. Scion should have made a trd version of their tc with an extra 10-20hp and all the suspension and exhaust upgrades from factory. Priced around 22,599 or priced just slightly under the si and around the veloster turbo. Could have made things more interesting for the competition! The release series were a lame excuse to pay a large amount of money for a paint job!!!

  • lanmanna

    It wasn’t really a level playing ground though. The FR-S is a true sports coupe. The tC was just eh.

  • beachbum68

    And was an AMAZING car! As was the Celica Supra. So cool.