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 |  May 31 2012, 12:31 PM

After recently announcing a sponsorship of Canadian drifter Pat Cyr, Scion has released a video of the professional taking the FR-S on the track for some tire burning action. 

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 |  May 30 2012, 2:10 PM

The Toyota GT86 will be known as simply the 86 in the Middle Eastern market, and the car has now officially launched in the United Arab Emirates.

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 |  May 29 2012, 4:02 PM

Building a car that is fun to drive as well as affordable was the prime objective of Toyota with the GT86, and these videos posted by Toyota Europe discuss how the car was put together to achieve its nimble handling.

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 |  May 17 2012, 6:15 PM

We were well aware that Gazoo Racing was working on a pair of Toyota GT 86 race cars and a Lexus LFA for the upcoming Nürburgring 24 Hours race, and now Toyota Swiss Racing Team will be joining it with another pair.

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 |  May 17 2012, 7:31 AM

Ever since the Toyota GT 86 became official, sports car enthusiasts worldwide have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of either a turbocharged or supercharged variant.

And for now, Toyota won’t be offering a supercharged or turbocharged variants of its greatest new sports car, but Gazoo Racing has decided to build its own GT 86 using both forced induction technologies. The result is the Gazoo Racing Sport FR Concept, using a twincharger system that makes 320-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and is most certainly a complete blast to drive.

Gazoo Racing has been partnering with Toyota for a few years now, and we should point out that its GT 86 twincharger is simply a concept for now. On the outside, a styling package gives the Toyota GT 86 a more aggressive and sportier profile while the parts maker also equipped it with its own brakes and suspension.

One can only hope that something like that makes it to market, even in limited quantities. The interesting thought is whether Toyota will take note of what Gazoo Racing has done – or better yet, has been working with Gazoo Racing to determine the pros and cons of each method of forced induction. With how much fun the Scion FR-S already is, a twincharged version might just be perfection.

GALLERY: Gazoo Racing Sport FR Concept

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 |  May 12 2012, 2:02 PM

Can’t get enough of the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S? Neither can we. The all-new sports car from the Japanese automaker is starting to make its way to America and it couldn’t be soon enough.

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 |  May 07 2012, 6:45 PM

The Toyota GT 86 generates enough buzz by itself, but it’s hard to resist looking at pictures of a race-modified version like the one in our gallery below.

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 |  Apr 24 2012, 2:33 PM

If you’ve been holding your breath for a Scion FR-S turbo announcement, it’s best to exhale now. The Japanese automaker has confirmed that the FR-S won’t see a turbocharged variant from the factory, at least for the time being.

This really isn’t a huge surprise, but we all kept our fingers crossed hoping that Scion would eventually come out with a turbocharged model to pump even more performance into an already great sports car. Currently the FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter with 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, and with a price tag of $24,930 with a manual transmission, it’s a great bang for the buck.

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 |  Apr 13 2012, 3:15 PM

Americans haven’t even seen the Scion FR-S in dealerships yet and Japanese tuners are out in Japan crashing the beloved Toyota GT 86 at drift events. 

When a rear-wheel drive car is going anywhere from 60-80 mph and flinging itself sideways, there’s a very good chance it’ll crash sooner or later. That’s part of the appeal of drifting: the inevitable, disastrous crash that is bound to come. Unfortunately this Up Garage Toyota GT 86 might be the first GT 86 to crash in a competition motorsports event piloted by Tetsuya Hibino.

It’s not an overly dramatic crash. In fact, it’s pretty run-of-the-mill when it comes to drifting accidents. But it’s still one of those sights we love to see on video. The cause of the crash is unknown, but given how relatively new the platform is, a suspension parts failure can’t be ruled out but chances are it’s was just overzealous piloting behind the wheel… or just the fact that it’s drifting and they get paid to create excitement.

The fully-decked out drift car shows the potential of what the FR-S / GT 86 can become behind the hands of the right tuners. FIVE:AD in America has already debuted its new aero kit that looks great for the FR-S.

Watch the video of Toyota GT 86 crashing in D1 Grand Prix after the break.

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 |  Apr 12 2012, 9:01 AM

It’s billed as an affordable sports car and at $24,200 it is. Unfortunately, if your bank account balance is more like $10 then the Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S on our shores) is still out of reach.

But imagine we told you you could build your very own Scion FR-S… for free! Sound too good to be true? Sadly, it is.

Rather than metal and rubber, Toyota racing partner Gazoo Racing has released a paper version of the GT 86, that you can build yourself with some scissors, glue and maybe a Japanese-to-English dictionary (considering the instructions are all in Japanese).

Head over to the official Toyota UK blog to download the templates and maybe even win a prize.

 |  Apr 07 2012, 10:01 AM

Toyota is extremely proud of its new GT 86, and out in Japan, its motorsports partner Gazoo Racing has built a pair of GT 86s to compete in the famous Nürburgring 24 Hours race.

The race will take place from May 17th to the 20th and Gazoo Racing will also be fielding a Lexus LFA in the competition. Before one of the GT 86s compete in the Nürburgring race, however, it will make its way to the Japanese Rally Championship. Both custom Gazoo Racing Toyota GT 86s will be on display at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK from June 29th to July 1st.

It appears that the GT 86s will have around 200-hp and will be equipped with a six-speed manual for the race. We’re excited to see how well it does during the grueling endurance classic.

Watch a video of the Gazoo Racing Toyota GT 86 below

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 |  Apr 04 2012, 3:32 PM

It’s not often that a game changing sports car comes out onto the market. The Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S is exactly that, and it’s clear that tuners and aftermarket product manufacturers are just as excited for the platform as automotive enthusiasts are.

There’s little to no doubt in our minds that the Scion FR-S will be a huge hit – you can read our review here – and the aftermarket will only make the vehicle better. Tuners in Japan have already been hard at work since they got their hands on the GT 86 earlier than America. But the Scion Racing / GReddy drift Scion FR-S driven by Ken Gushi (pictured above) looks ready to rock into action at the Long Beach season opener.

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 |  Apr 04 2012, 7:31 AM

The Toyota GT 86 will be making its way to America soon as the Scion FR-S, and the Japanese automaker wanted to remind the general public that not only was the vehicle built with passion, but they would like us to drive with passion.

The clip is made to get our blood flowing in anticipation to the release of the FR-S, which will be one of the most affordable sports cars of this decade – you can read our review here. Out to prove that the GT 86 can do it all, on and off the track, Toyota has done an excellent job marketing its newest machine and we can’t wait until they’re on the street.

Watch Full Throttle – Drive with Passion below:

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 |  Mar 30 2012, 8:55 AM

We fell in love with the Toyota GT 86 when we first drove it, so how could it get any better? Well, try more than doubling the car’s factory displacement by swapping out the Subaru-sourced 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder for a 5.0-liter V8.

Donated from a Lexus IS-F, this custom machine is the ride of choice for Japanese drift and road racer Max Orido, who will compete in the D1 drift series this year.

Watch the video below and we sure to check out our Scion FR-S First Drive here:

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 |  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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 |  Mar 06 2012, 1:41 AM

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Toyota may have a history in sports cars, but it’s not exactly the most impressive resume. So when the GT 86 (Scion FR-S) was announced and Toyota started explaining its heritage it was hard not to be a bit skeptical.

Seeing the GT 86 on stage next to the rear-drive hard-top 2000 GT, however, and there’s more than just a passing resemblance between the two. For the official debut of the GT 86 in Europe, Toyota has created an impressive display-within-a-display, with its new high profile sports car greeting guests to the Geneva Motor Show at one of the main entrances.

Toyota, for the record, also says inspiration for the GT 86 comes from the original AE 86, as well as the 2000GT’s predecessor, the Sports 800.

Check out all the angles below and see AutoGuide’s complete 2012 Geneva Motor Show coverage here.

GALLERY: Toyota GT 86 and 2000 GT

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 |  Feb 24 2012, 7:31 PM

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.

 |  Feb 16 2012, 1:45 PM

The Scion FR-S is hotly anticipated to say the least. When we test drove one,  it certainly did not dissapoint.

Scion’s Canadian FR-S website went live today and brought with it the release of some new video’s which add to the excitment surrounding the coupe. The videos showcase Ken Gushi drifting the FR-S, how the painting process works, lots of driving footage, an FR-S being assembled and even footage from the video game Gran Turismo. The clips aren’t all new, but they’re still fun to watch.

Scion even borrowed some AutoGuide footage of the FR-S reveal, yeah we’re that good.

If you’re a die-hard FR-S fan, these videos will get your heart beating a little quicker. We included the best ones after the jump.

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 |  Feb 13 2012, 7:01 PM

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Let’s go ahead and call the Subaru BRZ the fraternal twin to the Toyota GT 86… or is it a triplet to the Scion FR-S?

Well whatever it is, the BRZ will now come in a stripped down variant just like the GT 86 RC model, but the BRZ RA will be a little more appealing with the bumpers painted.

Other than that, the BRZ RA will be just like the GT 86, coming with 16-inch steel wheels, unpainted door handles and mirror caps, no fog lights and some of the interior amenities also removed including the air conditioning and stereo. Performance-wise, the factory rear limited-slip differential has been tossed out – assuming those that purchase this model will get an aftermarket unit – and the rear brakes are no longer vented.

The Subaru BRZ RA is priced slightly higher than the Toyota GT 86 RC, coming in at 2,058,000 Yen or around $26,900 based on today’s conversion rates. Either way, it’s a whole lot less than the standard model – almost a $6,500 in savings.

GALLERY: Subaru BRZ RA

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 |  Feb 13 2012, 5:31 PM

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When Toyota announced that the GT 86 would be available as a bare bones model ready for customization, tuners everywhere rejoiced. Unfortunately for Americans, we won’t be getting the option to buy a stripped down Scion FR-S.

The Toyota GT 86 RC will be sold without painted bumpers, air conditioning, or even an audio system, which is great for those who love customizing their cars, or even someone on a tight budget. When first announced, Toyota didn’t specify about the FR-S getting the same treatment. We know now that it will not.  Thanks to the strong Yen and weak American dollar Toyota says that it will likely lose money on a stripped down version of the FR-S in America, so it will not be produced.

We’re groaning a little too, but then again Toyota confirmed that the FR-S will start under $30,000, which is a small price to pay for a new performance car, especially one that we were so enthused by during our review and first drive.

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 |  Feb 10 2012, 8:47 AM

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What could be cooler than a Toyota GT 86? How about a lighter and less-expensive version, stripped down of all the unwanted frills straight from the factory and ready to be your blank-canvas of customization?

That is exactly what Toyota has done, offering the GT 86 RC model, the perfect package for anyone who wants to convert it into a track car, or modify the hell out of it.

Included in the package are 16-inch steelie wheels that we haven’t seen since the days of a 1993 Honda Civic VX hatchback. The front and rear bumpers, side mirrors, and door handles all come unpainted and of course the fog lights are gone. Even better, the interior comes without air conditioning, all the trim around the steering wheel and shifter and even tosses out the plastic intake cover under the hood – all parts that most car enthusiasts probably would never care for to begin with.

To top it off, Toyota of Japan is pricing this RC model at 1.9-million Yen, which is about $24,600 based on today’s conversion rates. While that’s nothing to really go off of to determine the pricing of the Scion FR-S in America, the point is that it is significantly cheaper than your standard base model GT 86 in Japan. To top it off, it weighs 100-lb less than the base GT 86.

Sadly, the RC trim is currently only available in Japan and Toyota has made no hint that it will offer the RC trim in America.

Check it out below, as well as several other trim models available for the GT 86 overseas, which includes a top-of-the-line GT Limited.

GALLERY: Toyota GT 86 Model Variants

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Click here to read AutoGuide’s First Drive of the Scion FR-S

 |  Feb 08 2012, 11:00 AM

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When you’re the CEO of a company, it must bring a sense of pride when a successful product is finally completed after years of hard work.

Steve Jobs over at Apple had great pride in every iPhone that was released, and probably had a huge sense of satisfaction not only using the product he helped develop, but seeing the benefits it has on all the people around him. Akio Toyoda, CEO and President of Toyota, must be extremely proud with their new GT 86 sports car, but boy does he reap all the benefits of being the head of one of the largest automakers in the world.

Toyoda got behind the wheel of their newest creation, but being the CEO means you get to do anything you want without having to answer to anybody. So what better way to really enjoy the newest toy your company has to offer than to take it out onto a dirt track and going sideways in it? Easy, take it out on a giant snow field and go drifting in it.

And judging by the huge smiles on Toyoda’s face in the video, he loves the new GT 86 as much as we did. Autoguide had the opportunity to put the Scion FR-S to the test – you can read our review here – and we would certainly be proud of it if we were in charge of running the famous Japanese automaker. Too bad we didn’t get the chance to take it sideways in the dirt and snow though.

Get more info and news on the GT 86/FR-S forum.

Watch the video after the break, that truly reminds us that the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S will make it “Fun to drive: again.”

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 |  Feb 06 2012, 12:02 PM

The Toyota GT 86 is being hyped as a drift car extraordinaire, which seems to be a fitting title after watching the video below.

This video comes out of Japan, and shows off two GT 86s, (which will be badged as Scion FR-Ss in North America), drifting around an impromptu pylon marked track. Both the drivers are out having some fun, and showing off their skills for the crowd.

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 |  Feb 03 2012, 1:45 PM

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There was absolutely no surprised looks around here when we heard that TRD was hard at work on tuning the all-new Toyota GT 86. It’s been a while since Toyota had such a formidable sports car platform, but we have to admit we’re a little disappointed that a method of forced induction – like a supercharger kit – still hasn’t been announced.

But we’ll give TRD the benefit of the doubt since they’ve already developed such a nice collection of modifications for the new sports car before it has even hit American soil. Our guess is that the majority of these will find their way to America’s Scion FR-S assuming that there’s little to no fitment differences on the products. We can hardly imagine what improvements TRD has made to the sports car, considering that it’s a fantastic machine to drive straight from the factory – read our review here.

Nonetheless, TRD’s full line of products for the GT 86 includes a full styling package with a new front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear duck tail wing. For an exhaust upgrade, TRD offers a High Response Muffler Ver.R for the GT 86, sporting a quad-tipped design. For suspension and chassis upgrades, TRD has a front strut tower bar and 40-way damping adjustable suspension kit. Accessories include a radiator and oil cap, HID bulb upgrade, and Door Stabilizer Set.

For wheels and brakes, TRD offers a nicely designed 18-inch SF2 wheel, which is a one-piece forged aluminum wheel. The Big Brake Kit comes with 6-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear calipers with massive 14-inch rotors in the front and the rears are just slightly smaller at 13.6-inch. The BBK comes with new brake pads and stainless steel braided lines of course.

Lastly, the interior also has plenty of TRD goods available including a set of new seats in a black and red theme, TRD shift knob and push start button, and a series of gauges.

For now it’ll calm us down a bit, but seriously TRD… where’s our supercharger at?

GALLERY: TRD Toyota GT 86

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[Source: Jon Sibal]