Why oh why must Toyota and Scion continuously tease us with fast-looking versions of the GT 86 and FR-S , but never actually release one with any go-fast bits on it? Well, here is yet another example of all show and no go from Toyota, as Scion has unveiled its FR-S Release Series 1.0 in New York, and revealed even more that it couldn’t care less what the masses are asking for.
The only good thing to come from this new version is that it will be limited to just 1,500 units and feature a few useful gadgets among the useless, rice-boy add-on equipment. We’ll start with the good stuff, which includes push-button start, black seats with a "T" pattern, HID headlights and automatic dual climate control. Those are all nice additions, but Toyota went ahead and riced this bad-boy out with its TRD Quad Tip Exhaust System, lowering springs, aero kit with a rear spoiler and fender garnishes.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all not calling the FR-S Release Series 1.0 ugly by any means, but I take issue with slapping all of that extra weight onto the FR-S and making it look the part of a racer without bumping the actual performance. Sure, the lowering springs may make it more agile — doubtful — but the engine remains the same 200-horsepower, 151-pound-feet unit it’s always had. The only hope that we have is that the TRD exhaust system actually frees up a few ponies, but there is no mention of that.
According to Scion, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 will cost "under $30,000" plus handling and destination charges.
Guess we’ll continue to wait for a performance version of the GT 86/FR-S/BRZ triplets...
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series.
Scion FR-S Release Series in detail
That exhaust system sure does look sexy peeking out from the rear bumper, but there is no mention if this is just a "fart pipe" or if it actually reduces backpressure and frees up some horsepower. The lack of information leads me to believe it is the former...
You also get a TRD trunk mat, which means you had better not put anything more than a few grocery bags and maybe a book bag back there, or you may end up damaging it.
The lowering springs may — and I stress may — increase the handling performance of the FR-S. But we all know too well that so many lowering springs do little more than drop your oil pan closer to the pavement. How about a full coil-over system, `yota?
The cabin is rather timid, with exception of the seats, the TRD shifter plate a and a number plate showing what number you car is of the 1,500 units produced.
Gallery Scion FR-S Release Series
Scion FR-S fans, get ready for a modern take on the sports coupe’s racing roots. Scion revealed its FR-S Release Series 1.0 at the New York International Auto Show today, drawing on track heritage and the expertise of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
The FR-S Release Series 1.0 will contain just 1,500 vehicles with a collection of enhanced features, including a custom-designed aero kit with a rear spoiler and side fender garnish. Additional highlights include the TRD Quad Tip Exhaust System, TRD lowering springs and Smart Key with Push Button Start. If all those additions aren’t enough to turn heads, the bright Yuzu exterior paint color will definitely catch some attention.
“It’s fitting that the first Scion FR-S Release Series draws on the rich motorsports history that inspired the FR-S design while standing out in new ways that will excite our drivers,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “FR-S enthusiasts will appreciate the side spoilers and lowered stance that deliver a look and feel meant for the track, at a price meant for them.”
The series vehicles will come with either six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management® technology. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) will start under $30,000, excluding the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $755.
Additional FR-S Release Series 1.0 features include:
TRD steering wheel
TRD shift knob
Black seats with T-pattern
HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights
Dual auto AC
TRD logo cargo mat
Each vehicle will feature its sequential release series badge (1 of 1500) inlayed on its brushed aluminum shifter surround plate. The cars are expected to arrive in dealerships in August.