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 |  Nov 05 2013, 4:00 PM

Mustang_SEMAThe 2013 SEMA award-winners have been selected, highlighting the vehicles that are seen in the most booths at the show. Surprisingly nothing has changed this year in terms of which vehicles won.

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 |  Apr 19 2013, 12:06 PM

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“The car just comes alive with a nice set of tires.” Those are the words of Toyota VP Bob Carter, which were ringing in my ear after a chat I had with him at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

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 |  Feb 22 2013, 2:01 PM

This week’s installment of TGIF[R-S] isn’t about me, or my car, but about how the 2013 AutoGuide.com Car of the Year came to be, thanks to a post I stumbled across on the Toyota UK blog.

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 |  Sep 06 2012, 12:42 PM

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced four new inductees to the Top Safety pick list: the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, Ford Escape and Acura ILX.

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 |  Jun 12 2012, 4:45 PM

From in-car technology to turbocharging, there is perhaps no other trend that’s fundamentally changing new cars more than the move to dramatically reduce the weight of modern vehicles.

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 |  May 05 2012, 1:02 PM

AutoGuide recently got back behind the wheel of the Scion FR-S. Having tested the car first on track in Japan, we then had the opportunity to drive it on public roads here in America with a proper road test that looks at more than just how good it handles.

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 |  Apr 30 2012, 7:31 AM

With its first true sports car heading to dealerships in June, Scion is looking to beef up its motorsports presence admits brand boss Jack Hollis.

Speaking at a press launch for the new rear-wheel drive FR-S in Las Vegas, Hollis commented Scion’s continued presence in Formula Drift and how the FR-S is making the brand more “authentic.”

“Let’s be honest,” said Hollis to the gatherer journalists, “with the TC we’ve done more than we authentically should have” referring of course to its transformation into a rear-drive NASCAR V8 powered drift machine. Scion now campaigns the FR-S in drifting, Greddy-built FR-S driven by Ken Gushi.

As much as the drifting scene suits the Scion brand’s sport compact origins, many motorsports enthusiasts consider it to be less of a form of motorsports and more of a spectacle. With the FR-S having all the makings of a budget road racer, when pressed, Hollis elaborated on the future of Scion in motorsports.

“Drifting is something we’ve been enjoying,” he said, and commented that Scion will take the next step into traditional competitive motorsports thanks to the FR-S. “We’re expanding our lineup and you should expect that we will expand our racing teams’ influence and participation.”

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 7:32 AM

While Subaru is targeting 5,000 units for its new BRZ sports car, Scion believes its version of the joint Toyota-Subaru project will more than double that forecast.

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 12:01 AM

With all the media coverage that’s surrounded the Scion FR-S, it’s hard to say anything new about it, yet the bang-for-your-buck sports coupe refuses to leave headlines well enough alone. 

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 |  Apr 11 2012, 6:03 PM

The Scion FR-S will be heading to U.S. dealerships soon but before consumers even get a chance to drive their cars, a multitude of tuner packages are already prepped for sale.

For example, Japanese tuner TRD already released a full tuning package for the Toyota GT 86 and now American tuners are releasing their goods.

Earlier this year, Scion invited North American tuners to its headquarters to take measurements in order to develop new parts for the sporty coupe. FIVE:AD has been involved with modifying Scions since the automaker arrived on American shores, so it’s no surprise that the company is one of the first in to release an aero kit for the upcoming FR-S.

The four-piece aero kit is based off of the Scion FR-S Concept built by Five Axis and is constructed out of OEM-grade urethane for a perfect fit and finish. Those interested can do so through their dealership to get a new front lip, side skirts, and a rear valence. An optional rear spoiler is available and the dealership can also pre-paint it any factory color for an exact match.

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 |  Apr 02 2012, 10:40 AM

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The official Canadian pricing for the Scion FR-S is out, and the new sports car from Toyota will start at a base MSRP of $25,990. When the car is equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission complete with paddle shifters the base MSRP will be $27,110.

Keep in mind these prices are before delivery charges and taxes, so you can expect the final price at the dealership to be more than the MSRP. Before taxes but after the freight charges have been added in, the FR-S base price for the manual version should cost $27,485.

The FR-S will slot in just under the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, arguably its largest competitor, costing $509 less in Canada and and $50 less here in America.

In the States, the FR-S will sell for $24,200. 

With original announcements from the company saying that the FR-S would be under 30k, Toyota has delivered on its promise and will market the car very competitively.

Read AutoGuide’s Scion FR-S review here.

 |  Mar 22 2012, 5:00 AM

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In what is an obvious shot at its closest rival, Scion has announced pricing for it’s new rear-drive sports car, starting at $50 less than the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

The spiritual successor to the Toyota AE86, the rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S will start at just $24,200 for the six-speed manual transmission model. Those who prefer not to shift gears themselves can opt for the six-speed automatic for $1,100 more, or a total of $25,300.

Standard on all FR-S models will be a 200 hp 2.0-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder with a limited slip differential. With an ultra-low center of gravity, the FR-S also delivers a 53/47 weight balance.

Other standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels with 215/45/17 tires, a dual-exhaust system, LED taillights, a tilt and telescopic leather steering wheel, FR-S branded floor mats, a 300-watt eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB Pioneer audio system and Bluetooth. Seven colors will be available: Raven, Asphalt, Hot Lava, Argento, Ultramarine, Firestorm and Whiteout.

Available at dealers this June, the FR-S pricing excludes an additional $730 destination fee.

For more Scion FR-S news and info, visit FR-Sforum.com

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For more on the FR-S, read AutoGuide’s complete First Drive Review Here

 |  Mar 21 2012, 5:32 PM

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When it hits Scion dealers in June, the 2013 FR-S will be priced from $24,200 according to a leaked dealer document. That puts it just $50 under the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Included in that price will be the 200 hp 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer 4-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Those wishing for the surprisingly good six-speed automatic will have to add $1,100 more for a total of $25,300.

The FR-S will be available in seven colors: Raven, Asphalt, Hot Lava, Argento, Ultramarine, Firestorm and Whiteout.

For more on the Scion’s new rear-drive sports car, read AutoGuide’s 2013 Scion FR-S First Drive Here, or watch our video below.

For more Scion FR-S news and info, visit FR-Sforum.com

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 |  Feb 25 2012, 5:01 PM

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It’s still unofficial, but a source inside Scion’s Canada division has let slip to AutoGuide that when the FR-S goes on sale later this year it will start at $27,500.

Initially commenting that the price would be somewhere between the $27,000 and $30,000 mark the insider, who wishes to remain anonymous, eventually gave the the $27,500 figure for the monospec model. By comparison, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe starts at $26,499 in Canada, a difference of $1,001.

It’s not possible to simply convert the figures to U.S. dollars, but this info does give a strong hint at American pricing, focusing more on the difference between the two than the actual numbers. With the Genesis Coupe priced at $24,250 here, look for at least a $1,000 increase, putting the MSRP at just over the $25,000 mark.

For more info, read AutoGuide’s 2013 Scion FR-S Review here and watch the video review below.

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 |  Jan 11 2012, 11:15 AM

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If you followed our coverage of the North American International Auto Show, or you just keep up with car news, you’ve probably heard of the Scion FR-S.

If not, you can watch our review here, but it suffices to say that the much-anticipated rear-wheel drive sports coupe is going to make a solid impression upon release. As for those of us who can’t, or wont wait around for late spring when it’s set to sell: Toyota has announced that a handful of lucky buyers will get the chance to own one right away. How?

The special “First 86″ program, named after the Toyota GT 86, which is what the car is called outside North America, will help put drivers in the driver’s seat asap. Scion has launched www.scionfirst86.com, a website where a lucky few will submit an application for a chance to own an FR-S before the official release late this spring.

There’s no doubt people will be cramming the virtual queue between 12:00 p.m. and 8:06 p.m. EST, the only hours the site will function, in the hopes of wowing everyone they drive— or drift past for the next few months. The site will feature the chance to pick color, transmission and dealership, but that is all.

The 86 buyers with the fastest internet connections and fingers for typing will get an email within 24 hours confirming their status. They then have 96 hours to take that email to a dealer, along with a $500 deposit, to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Even if you aren’t within the coveted first 86, your application will default to a waiting list for the official release. There still could be a chance, though, because out of the 86 there are sure to be some people who change their mind. If that happens, their deposit is refundable and that car will probably just go to the next person down the line.

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 |  Jan 05 2012, 10:33 AM

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Scion has announced it will show its new FR-S sports car to the public at the Detroit Auto Show next week. The new flagship vehicle for the youth-oriented brand, the FR-S is essentially a rebadged version of the Toyota GT 86 (or just Toyota 86), which will go on sale in other markets later this year.

Powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder engine with direct injection it can be had with either a 6-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Weighing just 2,700 lbs, it boasts a 53/47 weight distribution and a center of gravity that is among the lowest of any production car.

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Click here to read AutoGuide’s Scion FR-S Review, or watch our video review below:

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 |  Dec 26 2011, 12:58 PM

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Easily the highlight of this month’s video car reviews is our test drive of the Scion FR-S, the U.S.-spec version of the highly anticipated Toyota GT 86. In addition, we reviewed the V8-powered Dodge Charger R/T, as well as the Mercedes SLK350.

Read the AutoGuide new car reviews here and see all our video reviews at our YouTube channel here.

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 |  Dec 08 2011, 8:18 PM

If you’re at all interested in the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86/Subaru BRZ then you’ve probably already read several reviews of some version of the car. Scion arranged for AutoGuide and a dozen other outlets to spend some solid time behind the wheel at Sodegaura Forest Raceway just an hour outside Tokyo, Japan. It wasn’t just a few minutes or the use of a handling course; those in attendance got plenty of seat time to get a proper feel of the brand’s new flagship machine.

Along with one properly spec’ed-out Scion FR-S, there was a Euro-spec version (the very car used for testing on the Nurburgring), as well as two right-hand drive models – one a manual transmission, the other an automatic.

Scheduled out into several lapping sessions we spent our first two track outings of the day getting accustomed to the course, and to driving a right hand drive machine. One thing that surprised us, and it’s something no enthusiast is going to care about, is just how good the 6-speed automatic is. Using proper steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, just a flick and it’ll gear up or down, with a speed unlike almost any auto-box we’ve ever tested.

Then, we finally had our chance in a left-hand drive model. Until this point the massively hyped Toyota had impressed us, but hadn’t really wowed us. This we soon discovered was a direct result of not being as comfortable in a right-hand drive machine.

Sliding into the actual Scion car, with the steering wheel now on the left side, familiarity quickly gave way to a feeling of driving bliss. No longer were the car’s much-touted handling dynamics in question. The Scion FR-S is pure and balanced, responding to inputs immediately, but smoothly. It is not, however, a raw driving experience, retaining a daily driving characteristic that Toyotas are famous for.

Want more on the Scion FR-S? Watch for AutoGuide’s thorough review to drop tomorrow here.

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 |  Dec 01 2011, 2:00 PM

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AutoGuide was on hand last night for the live reveal of the 2013 Scion FR-S in Los Angeles, where Scion showed off their version of the Toyobaru rear-drive, boxer-powered sports car.

The FR-S is mechanically identical to the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, save for a few minor aesthetic changes. Scion was mum about pricing unfortunately, and that seems to be the last question hanging over everyone’s head.

Check out the video below for the live reveal.

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