Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is All Show and No Go

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Since Scion launched its affordable sports car in 2013, customers have been demanding a faster version, and the brand is finally delivering… sort of.

Enter the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0, a special edition of the car which gets unique style and some track-focused bits like a custom aero-kit and lowering springs. Nothing happens to the engine however, which remains a 2.0-liter four cylinder that makes 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The release series can be had with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

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All of the car parts come from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and include a quad-tip exhaust, lowering springs and a new aerodynamic kit. For looks, the Release Series gets a yellow finish known as bright Yuzu, a new rear spoiler, HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights and black side fender accents.

Inside, the car gets a TRD steering wheel and shift knob along with black seats, auto-climate control and cargo mats with the TRD logo.

Only 1500 of these cars will be built, and each will sell for somewhere below $30,000. according to Toyota.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Jason Jason on May 28, 2014

    Was really hoping they'd clean up the look a bit and deliver a larger powerplant. In the looks department I've always thought the FR-S has always kind of looked a little "girlie" like a Mazda 3 or something. At 2700lbs+ I'd really like to see a HP and torque figure to match with 10hp and 10ft-lbs per pound of weight. A forced induction 3.5L 2GR-FE for 2GR-FSE would be sweet in this thing. Maybe that will be my next project... that is, if I can fix the look.

  • Z Z on Sep 07, 2014

    A yellow bus is not what we need! I want more hp, torque, wider wheels, growlier exhaust sound and a rear camera please! Can we also get some cooler color choices. Challengers and Chargers and many others get way more options.