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 |  Jan 10 2013, 9:39 PM

One of several GT 86 concepts unveiled by Toyota at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, it’s certainly not noteworthy because of its square eight-spoke rims.

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 |  Jan 10 2013, 9:20 PM

Ahead of its debut, Toyota bragged that its new GT 86 TRD Griffon concept was faster around the Tskuba circuit than a Ferrari 458. Revealed today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, even more surprising is the fact that it does so without any added power.

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 |  Jan 04 2013, 9:00 AM

In the warm weather there’s no doubt that the Scion FR-S is a great daily driver, but now in the colder winter, is that fact still true? Will the car be as fun in the snow? Or will it be too much fun; a dangerous handful with little-to-no control in slippery conditions? With the snow finally here, I got the chance to find out.

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 |  Jan 03 2013, 7:22 AM

As expected, the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon is shaping up to be a GT86 festival and thanks to Toyota motorsports partner Gazoo Racing, we have our first teaser of the likely star of the show.

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 |  Jan 02 2013, 9:46 AM

As the Tokyo Auto Salon approaches, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is teasing what it’s calling the GT86 Griffon Concept, a car which it claims lapped the Tsukuba circuit in 1 minute and 1.872 seconds, beating the time set by a Ferrari 458 Italia. 

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 |  Dec 07 2012, 1:01 PM

Toyota has announced a new race league, exclusively open to the GT86 CS-V3 race cars, that will run within the Nürburgring-based VLN series starting in 2013. 

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 |  Nov 25 2012, 1:37 PM

HKS USA may not exist anymore, but that hasn’t stopped its parent company in Japan of continuing to manufacture high-quality performance parts. The long-awaited supercharger kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ is now available, though it may be hard to get your hands on it.

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 |  Nov 09 2012, 3:02 PM

The Scion FR-S might get more juice from the factory through a hybrid system, pushing the lightweight sports car’s potential.

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 |  Nov 09 2012, 2:00 PM

The FR-S fervor that was last week’s SEMA show is now starting to come down. While almost every aftermarket company featured their latest product on the Scion or Subaru coupe, I took a moment to talk to the owners of what I believe is the most important FR-S of the show.

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 |  Oct 19 2012, 11:02 AM

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. If you haven’t seen the latest articles, be sure to check out the whole archive of them. 

It’s hard to believe but the Scion FR-S was inspired by a Toyota Corolla. Crazy isn’t it? How does a 2,700 lb, 200-hp rear-wheel drive sports car share anything with a boring econobox?

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 |  Oct 12 2012, 11:50 AM

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. If you haven’t seen the latest articles, be sure to check out the whole archive of them. 

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 |  Oct 05 2012, 12:38 PM

It’s now been three months of Scion FR-S ownership, and while it has been fun, there have been a few hiccups along the way. The car isn’t perfect and within a month I noticed some annoying teething issues.

Thankfully, there have been some updates in regards to a pair of nagging issues with the FR-S – though no solid solutions.

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 |  Sep 21 2012, 11:49 AM

Ten Things I Hate About the FR-S


Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. If you haven’t seen the latest articles, be sure to check out the whole archive of them.

By now you’ve probably heard of every single great thing about the FR-S, like how it has impeccable balance, superior driving feel and stunning value at $25k, but what about the thoughts of an honest-to-goodness owner. Make no mistake, I love this car, but it’s not perfect.

Daily driving has brought to light ten major flaws with the car, from comfort to convenience. Maybe in a few years when the FR-S is updated and includes some updates, I can look back and credit myself for bringing the perfect car to fruition. In the mean time I’ll just complain, like a stuck up automotive journalist.

 |  Sep 14 2012, 12:01 PM

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. If you haven’t seen the latest articles, be sure to check out the whole archive of them. 

What if I was all wrong? I ask myself this very question every time someone asks me why I got my Scion instead of the Subaru. This past week I got the chance to do it all over again with the exact opposite choices I made with my own car.

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 |  Sep 07 2012, 12:31 PM

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. If you haven’t seen the latest articles, be sure to check out the whole archive of them.

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 |  Aug 31 2012, 11:02 AM

 

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. If you haven’t seen the latest articles, be sure to check out the whole archive of them.

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 |  Aug 28 2012, 4:02 PM

While a Scion FR-S convertible was ruled out for the American market due to cost, Automotive News is now reporting that a drop-top Subaru BRZ will be available in 2014. 

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 |  Aug 26 2012, 5:19 PM

The benchmark for the handling of the Scion FR-S has always been the Porsche Cayman. While some have gone so far as to say the Scion is superior, the men behind it are not yet satisfied. Continue Reading…

 |  Aug 24 2012, 7:15 PM

According to an interview with the brains behind the the Scion FR-S, the rumored upcoming Supra will not be a hybrid despite a recent concept sports car from Toyota. Continue Reading…

 |  Aug 24 2012, 1:57 PM

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. So far he’s explained his reasoning behind buying the FR-Sthe delivery experience, the day-to-day driving feelof the coupe, the car’s track potential and break-in procedure and discusses any teething issues that popped up during its first month.

Thanks to Scion, this past weekend I had a chance to attend an open drifting session at Shannonville Motorsports Park.

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 |  Aug 21 2012, 4:31 PM

Toyota Motorsports has just debuted its new GT86-based race car, engineered for entry-level German track racing that they say can be adapted for international sales. Continue Reading…

TGIF[R-S]: One Month In

Growing Pains and Buyer’s Remorse?

 |  Aug 17 2012, 11:03 AM

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. So far he’s explained his reasoning to buy the FR-S, the delivery experience, the day-to-day driving feel of the coupe, and the car’s track potential and break-in procedure.

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 |  Aug 16 2012, 4:02 PM

Scion’s FR-S is known as the Toyota GT 86 in Europe, and in this animated commercial from the UK, an Orwellian world is portrayed where pixelated people do not get to feel alive, and the FR-S becomes their salvation.  Continue Reading…

 |  Aug 10 2012, 11:17 AM

Welcome to the latest installment of TGIF[R-S], our series where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details his purchasing and ownership experience of the new Scion FR-S. If this is your first time seeing the series be sure to check out the first articles, where Sami talks about his decision to buy the FR-S, and takes delivery of his new car. Last week Sami discussed what one week of the FR-S is like.

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