Video: Scion teases FR-S Tuner Challenge 2012

One of the most eagerly anticipated events at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show , at least in our book, is the presentation of the three cars competing in Scion’s annual Tuner Challenge. This year, the Toyota -owned automaker decided to give three of the country’s best builders a chance to create their own custom FR-S in time for SEMA.

The three - John Toca from Chicago, Illinois, Daniel Song from Orange County, California, and Chris Basselgia from Lebanon, Pennsylvania - were each given a stock FR-S model to work with. On top of that, they were allocated a budget of $15,000 and three months to finish their project.

Needless to say, with SEMA less than two weeks away, we expect all three custom FR-S models to be on the last stages of their development before heading over to Las Vegas. We’re pretty excited to see what these three talented builders did with their respective FR-S models.

But before we get a chance to look at each one of them, we’ll have to settle for this teaser video that Scion presented of the FR-S Tuner Challenge 2012.


wow gabe, thanks for the info. that’s right in my budget. i guess i’ll get the manual one. after all, this is a sports car. and i don’t like flappy paddle gear boxes. they’re terrible in the town.

marry, this car should be around 25.000$ with a manual gearbox and 26.000$ with automatic.

i think this car is better for girls than it is for boys. i mean, 200HP is not that much for them. but it is more then enough for a lady in a hurry!

i love how this contest is thought: give all the teams the same car and the same budget. that’s how it should be!

how much is this car going to cost in the U.S.? i like it and i also have to buy a new car, so who knows, maybe i’ll get one of these.

as a girl, i find this car quite appealing. it has nice rounded lines and 2 doors.

why don’t get is why make the same car under 3 brands. you buy a car, not a brand!

i will never understand export policies. why won’t toyota and subaru ship in their cars??

competition is what makes us go better. this case will be a good example of that!

the grapes are sour when you can’t get them! this is what we are saying now about the two other cars, the toyota and the subaru, just because we don’t have them here.

even though the top scion version may not have 300 HP like it’s foreign siblings, i am sure after market tuners will make sure of that!

SEMA takes the best out of all tuners. this will be a good challenge for all three tuners!

out of the three: the scion, the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ, i’d have one of the last two. but then again, they don’t come to U.S. so that is kind of a problem.

i like the fact that they chose the scion. maybe because it’s the only one available on american soil!

that’s the way to compare 3 tuners: same car and same budget. then we’ll see how good they are.

a very good idea. i love the fact that they have the same car and the same budget!

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