Scion's SEMA Showcase: FR-S, TC and XB

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Scion just unveiled the lineup of vehicles it’ll be showing off at SEMA next week. The brand’s tC, xB and FR-S models have received some notable aftermarket attention.

Targa-Top FR-S

The FR-S is a dedicated sports car that has become a darling of automotive journalists and enthusiasts alike. Adding another dimension to this coupe the folks at Cartel Customs have created a special T-top version.

The first thing you’ll probably notice about this show car is its arresting paint; it’s a custom hue called Azzuro California Blue. The car has also been lowered and rides on 19-inch forged wheels.

Upping its performance this hot FR-S features a GReedy turbo kit, coil-over suspension, Wilwood brakes and a kickin’ audio system. So far we like what we see … A LOT.

Slayer tC

The tC, Scion’s other coupe, has received some aftermarket love as well. The Slayer version of this front-wheel-drive two-door is a rolling homage to this hard-hitting metal band. Accordingly it features a custom paint job with airbrushed logos and skulls, suicide doors, a billet slayer sword and spike-style center caps.

Inside it’s amped up with a custom Pioneer sound system and a massive 32-inch monitor for media playback. Sounds like a rockin’ time.

Riley Hawk xB

Injecting some retro flair into the Scion booth is the Riley Hawk xB. Built by firm KMA Productions it’s a vehicle inspired by the skateboarding legend of the same name. This boxy hatch is fitted with a wood-grained interior, shag carpeting, a mini fridge and one of Pioneer’s ground-pounding sound systems. For true retro credentials it also features an 8-track player.

Fish-bowl side windows and plush-upholstered captain’s chairs further the 1970s feel while a motorized, rear-facing monitor is solidly 21st century. The side exhaust pipes are, disappointingly, non-functional.


GALLERY: Slayer tC

GALLERY: Riley Hawk xB

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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