Scion FR-S Convertible, Turbo Officially Dead

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Hopes of a Scion FR-S convertible variant and a more powerful turbo model are officially dead in the water.

In an interview with WardsAuto at the 2014 LA Auto Show, senior vice-president of Scion, Doug Murtha, confirmed the bad news that “the convertible went down swinging” and won’t ever become a production model. The Japanese automaker struggled to find enough other countries or regions besides the U.S. that wanted a convertible and ultimately decided that it would be too much investment for too little return.

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The bad news doesn’t stop there for FR-S enthusiasts as Murtha also said that a more powerful, turbocharged version is not in the works and confirmed “that’s not something that’s coming.” To make matters worse, sales of the FR-S have been down 23.2 percent through October to 12,293 units. The only good news is that the first Release Series FR-S has been drawing folks into showrooms, helping bring attention back to the Scion lineup.

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[Source: WardsAuto]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Swifty562 Swifty562 on Nov 25, 2014

    Great Car, but its slow. No question about it. Hell, even when the 2nd MR2 Gen with 3SGT or 3SGTE did better than this. how about putting the new Lexus Nxt turbo charge motor in the TC. more so, the interior sucks, price is over the top ( scion true pricing? i laugh). I love toyota, but damn somone screw up on being to conservative. The price tag is a no go, and i rather pay alittle more and get into either a WRX or EVO.

    • Rick Rick on Mar 06, 2015

      Not surprised and the new Supra/BMW Z4 that looks like the bat mobile will cost in the $70K range. I have a 1991 MR2 turbo and restored it to like new. Great car but will buy the VW R next a bit pricey but a much better car than the FRS.

  • Auntetr Auntetr on Dec 15, 2014

    Never thought I'd say this, F*ck Toyota! I got tired and bought a Civic Si after 4 Celicas. No regrets. Now people don't cut me off because of a whimpy engine. I have an Acura motor under hood. Toyota needs a damn clue!