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Well Subaru thinks so, and to back up its new RWD sports car the company has released a two part mini-movie detailing all of the design and engineer work that was brought together during development. Everything from chassis design to engine placement and even steering wheel shape is explained in the movie, leaving nothing to the imagination.
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.
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.
Custom builders have been able to create some unique and exciting cars from Toyota’s dull model lineup in the past, so it only stands to reason that amazing things are happening as tuners tinker with the new Scion FR-S.
We’ve already seen an in-house performance build from TRD as well as a specially prepared 600-hp FR-S drift car, but tuner Cartel Customs, a California-based company, created the FR-S Speedster you see above.
Starting the FR-S transformation first by lopping off the top, Cartel left a lower windshield in place, installed sloped side windows and a double-bubble deck lid for classic speedster looks. Cartel repainted the car without a body kit to keep the FR-S from having body lines that were overly fussy.
Inside, they treated the car with a redesigned, vintage sports car inspired custom interior, featuring center stack gauge clusters, a bare-bones racer steering wheel and loads of stitched leather everywhere you can imagine — oh and the sound system is gone too.
In addition to a dramatic internal surgery, Cartel also made a few mechanical changes starting with an upgraded clutch, exhaust, and suspension. New brakes, wheels and a carbon fiber rear wing also went into the package.
Look for the Cartel Speedster FR-S make its official debut at the 2012 Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.
GALLERY: Cartel Speedster FR-S
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.
The Scion FR-S has been on every car-enthusiasts mind for quite a while now. Today we find a video that will certainly help pass the time before the release. A Toyota GT86 (known to us as the Scion FR-S) Testing with full Toyota Racing Development (TRD) trim.
In this video you can spot a few upgrades to the stock GT86. TRD brakes, rims and a great sounding exhaust tone. Other TRD parts like front spoiler and upgraded headlights round out the TRD look.
Watch the whole video below.
Official EPA fuel efficiency figures have been posted on fueleconomy.gov, and it appears the 2.0L four-cylinder powered BRZ and FR-S will get 22-mpg city, 30-mpg highway.
Those are the figures for the manual-equipped models, while the automatics should get around 25-mpg city, 34-mpg highway.
Those in the market for the all-new Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S (Toyota GT 86) will be excited to hear that Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., has announced the production of the new jointly-produced sports car will hit 100,000 a year.
At least that’s their goal. The BRZ/FR-S/GT 86 are all produced at the Subaru Gunma Factory in Japan and it looks like the announcement comes hot on the heels of initial order figures. Toyota has already seen 7,000 orders for the GT 86 while the BRZ has garnered the attention of 2,500 enthusiasts. While those numbers are clearly skewed since it’s a brand new car on the market, it’s still far more than what the Japanese automakers planned on selling each month.
Last week we heard that Subaru only has plans to bring 6,000 BRZs to America. Whether or not that will change remains to be seen, but we have a feeling that more customers will opt for the Scion FR-S than the Subaru BRZ in America.
[Source: FT-86 Club]
North American tuner companies were invited to Toyota Headquarters in Torrance, California to measure the new Scion FR-S and take a closer look at the car to begin the process of drafting future tuning parts. Many tuners were present at the event and the response to Scion’s new sports car has been overwhelmingly positive across the board.
Present at the session include the tuning industry’s heavy-hitters AEM, DC Sports, Whiteline, and ACT. Wheel companies Velox and König and audio specialists Scosche were present as well. According to Motor Trend, whom were present at the measuring session, many more companies were still scheduled to take measurements after they departed.
A number of Scion FR-S models were provided by Toyota for the tuner’s disposal. Audio specialists dismantled the interiors to measure clearance for stereo systems. Taking it even farther, performance intake systems tuner Airaid went ahead and digitally mapped the engine bay with a 3D scanner. According to Airaid engineer Clayton Rietz, the intake system in the FR-S is similar to the set-up in the Toyota Tacoma, which Airaid has already made an intake system for. Assuming that an FR-S intake will be a straightforward tweak from the Tacoma, performance parts for the FR-S may make it to the market quickly after the cars official on sale date.
What’s more, a close look during the session revealed just how much of the hardware belongs to Toyota’s project partner, Subaru. Suspension, exhaust and brake components are all stamped with the Subaru emblem. Performance suspension specialists Whiteline noted that many parts appear shared with existing Subaru cars, making an aftermarket suspension system only a test fit away.
In terms of wheel fitment, the Hellaflush community will be delighted to know that the inner lips of the front fenders are already smoothened and fender rolling will not be a necessary task when performing an ultra-flush wheel fitment. Both front and rear brake calipers are very compact, effectively eliminating clearance issues. Several wheel experts also suggested the possibility of fitting 10-inch wide wheels in the rear without the need for modification.
With a car so tuner friendly, the new FR-S is not only well positioned to become an instant hit, but should bring forth a resurgence to aftermarket tuning as well.
Discuss the Scion FR-S at www.fr-sforum.com
GALLERY: Scion FR-S Measuring Session
[Source: Motor Trend]
The first 86 people in North America to own a Scion FR-S are pretty lucky as it is, but their deal just got a lot sweeter thanks to some VIP treatment from Toyota.
Apparently the privileged few who managed to get an order in ahead of the masses also get an expenses-paid trip to Long Beach, Calif. in April to sit front row at Formula Drift. They also get to have dinner with Scion vice president Jack Hollis which includes a Q&A session.
Sure, the stripped-down version isn’t making it to American soil, but this is arguably a better reward for enthusiasts than offering a tuner-specific package.
It’s especially cool that this came as a surprise, though the majority of people lining up to buy an FR-S probably feel jealous if not disappointed.
Despite this, it seems an official price is still under wraps, though we’ll make a lot of noise once word gets out.
GALLERY: 2013 Scion FR-S
Discuss this story at FR-SForum.com
Last week Scion launched a new online campaign that showed off their darling sports car the FR-S. Visitors were given the opportunity to interact with the car in several ways, similar to any car’s configuration site.
This is unique because the Scion FR-S hasn’t come out yet in North America and likely won’t for be on sale until later this year. The site showed off the different colors, the history and the praise that the car is getting from the automotive press us included. There’s just one odd thing about the site: it’s Canadian.
It’s no mistake. Go to scionfrs.com and you’ll be greeted with a message from web host GoDaddy, asking if you’re interested in buying the domain. Scion hasn’t even registered the site’s domain. But go to scionfrs.ca and you’ll get to experience the whole she-bang.
Why would Scion go through all this trouble for a couple of sweater-wearing, hockey-playing Canucks? Is Canada the right audience for Scion’s new lightweight rear-wheel drive sports car?
We went to Scion Canada for some answers. Scion Canada helped clear things up.
“We knew a lot of customers would be looking to purchase sports cars between March and May, before the arrival of the FR-S. We knew consumers couldn’t decide without having seen the car, so the next best thing was to take consumers to the car,” Scion said
“We’ve given consumers an inside view of what it takes to make a great sports car, letting them explore everything about the vehicle they’re considering. More than just pictures and specs, we included the history to delineate the performance heritage behind our latest sports car.”
It sounds a lot like what every car company considers when deciding to devote a chunk of web-space to a single car, but why Canada?
Accordin to Scion Canada, studies conducted in 2010 found that Canadians spend more time online than any other country, up to 42 hours a month.
“This is even more important for Scion, given that Scion has one of the youngest demographics in the industry. We wanted to present information in a way that’s relevant, so we had to be engaging, informative and exclusive. This was the best way we could do that,” Scion Canada said.
So there you have it: Canadian’s spend more time surfing the internet for, um, cars and therefore deserve cooler sites than Americans, eh.