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The Tokyo Motor Show has been full of excitement and interesting new designs, but one bit of bad news has surfaced: Subaru’s brand chief Yasuyuki Yoshinaga dismissed the idea of a convertible Subaru BRZ.

[Automotive News] has reported that Yoshinaga wasn’t too fond of Toyota ’s drop-top concept displayed at Tokyo, saying his engineers believe the chassis would require a complete redesign in order to safely create a convertible BRZ.

Unfortunately, the lack of Yoshinaga’s blessing spells doom for Toyota’s attempts at building the car even without Subaru. Yoshinaga is also president of Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company that owns Subaru and manufacturer of both the BRZ and FR-S . “We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” says Yoshinaga.

With that sort of nail in the coffin, it seems unlikely a convertible FR-S or BRZ will ever appear – at least in the car’s current generation. Perhaps when the car’s second generation rolls out, Fuji Heavy Industries will have accounted for the heavy interest in the roadster. Yoshinaga himself knows the market is ripe for the car, "I understand well that Toyota Toyota is receiving strong requests from the American market for the car," he said. "But the biggest challenge is meeting our internal safety standards. There are big technical difficulties."

Perhaps a bigger issue of concern is the apparent inter-company quarreling happening over the convertible idea. Toyota, the company responsible for the overall design of the BRZ/FR-S cars, seems adamant about the idea and has toted several convertible FR-S concepts around to other car show around the world, while the President of the manufacturing company and brand chief of Subaru, responsible for the powertrain and underpinnings of the cars, is dead set against it. Such an open and publicly played out situation cannot be good for future product development.

Lets just keep our fingers crossed that Toyota’s desire for a chopped-top FR-S doesn’t put the entire FT-86 project on the chopping block.

Click past the jump for more info on the FR-S and BRZ coupes

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The second winner of this year’s Scion Tuner Challenge is Josh Croll from Mertztown, Pa. and the owner of Croll’s Customs. Just like the two other winners, he received a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days. The model is now on display at the 2013 SEMA Show , next to all the other tuning kits from Scion.

Croll opted to design the only right-hand drive tC in the world. His car features a flashy hot-rod orange color, Croll also gave the timid tC an aggressive look by way of a set of wide wheels housed by a wide-body kit. In designing the car, Croll took inspiration from every aspect of the automotive lifestyle, given his goal was to create a vehicle loaded with everything you need to have fun, while remaining functional.

Croll started his work under the hood where he increased the output to 324 horsepower. To achieve this massive boost in power — up from the stock 179 horsepower — the tuner installed a Dezod Motorsports turbo kit with a Garrett turbocharger, replaced the manifold and the intercooler pipes, added a new 2.5-inch intake system and installed a new DEI titanium exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion WSD-tC by Josh Croll.

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A while ago, Scion announced its usual "Tuner Challenge" competition for the upcoming 2013 SEMA Show . From all the entries the tuner had to select only three winners and each of them received a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days.

One of these modified cars will be a tC designed and modified by Young Tea, from Alhambra, Calif. His car was built in his personal garage and is suitable both for the track and daily driving.

His “Simpli-tC” concept took a base Scion tC and added an aggressive exterior kit that includes new fenders, a custom dual-outlet exhaust rear diffuser and many more, but it also lowered the car’s ride for a more aggressive look.

He did lots of work under the hood too, but up to this point the specifications figures have been kept a secret. However, we are pretty sure that his car will deliver more than the standard 180 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea.

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It looks like the Scion FR-S will be one of the major stars at this year’s SEMA Show. Scion prepared no less than four concept cars based on the FR-S , and we are pretty sure we will see more than these in Las Vegas.

One of the four concepts was designed in cooperation with Bulletproof Automotive and transforms the obedient FR-S into a 500-horsepower beast with an exterior paint conversion inspired by Lamborghini.

A base FR-S delivers only 200 horsepower, so you can imagine that taking it up to 500 horsepower required lots of work. To achieve this massive number, Bulletproof installed a new, Powerhouse Amuse turbo kit with a EFR 6758 turbocharger, new titanium turbo downpipe and front pipe, 86.5 mm overbore pistons, upgraded rods and ACL bearings. There is also a new Amuse Titan Extra STTI exhaust system. The concept can run on both 91 octane and E85 fuels.

Click past the jump to read more about Scion FR-S Concept One by Bulletproof Automotive.

The Scion FR-S holds a special place in our hearts as part of a trinity of sports cars that have taken the world by storm.

In probably one of the most understated statements of the year, we’re not the only ones who love the FR-S . Apparently, world renowned DJ and producer Steve Aoki is himself quite a fan of the FR-S, so much so that a specially-modded version of the Japanese sports car is coming to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show packed with a host of features that can only come from the genius mind of Aoki.

The car itself is called the FR-S Steve Aoki Art Car, although what kind of interpretation you have for ’art’ is valid for interpretation. In this case, Aoki went balls to the wall on the interior, dressing up the FR-S’ cabin with a steady mix of high-grade audio components that essentially turns the FR-S’ interior into a veritable — and portable — club.

A host of sound system products from Pioneer were installed with multiple component speaker packages. Custom components from MV Designz were also designed and fabricated to use with all that explosion of audio technica. And just to keep the club vibe going, the FR-S’ interior somehow also found room for strobe lighting, a deck lid-mounted LCD display and a fog machine.

By the way, don’t sleep on the FR-S’ exterior package, because the combination of that five-piece aerodynamic kit and the custom graphics (the blue and orange trims on the black body look absolutely stunning) makes for a really attractive piece of eye candy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S Steve Aoki Art Car

Is it possible that the positively incredible-looking Scion FR-S could look even better when given proper aesthetic and aerodynamic enhancements?

Somehow, Scion was able to accomplish that with the FR-S Urban GT Sport Concept. Set to make its debut at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show , the FR-S Urban GT Sport Concept, or as its known in shorthand, "Style J", takes the reigns of the standard FR-S and turns it into a more menacing and downright scary sports car.

Scion describes the project as a "futuristic urban design" of the FR-S that not only incorporates a more luxurious feel to it, but also comes with a rash of technological upgrades that would fit right in with its rather furious looks.

The modifications left the FR-S with a host of new components, including a revised front profile that features a new grille configuration, new front bumpers, new fenders, and most noticeable of all, a sharper-looking headlight configuration.

The rear end also received a more polished look, with the rear bumpers designed more ergonomically than the standard FR-S. The rear diffuser also appears to be bigger with the wheel arches extended a little further to create a more staunch look for the FR-S.

The reworked FR-S also gets the benefit of having a set of 19-inch wheels in its portfolio, courtesy of HRE Performance. The suspension was likewise taken care of by Bilstein, while the ADVICS took on the brakes, installing its Big Brake System to complement all the suspension and wheels upgrades.

Judging from the specs that Scion unveiled, it appears that the Urban GT Sport Coupe received a subtle performance upgrade with output now reaching 216 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque, a slight increase from the 200-horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque figures from the standard R-S.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S Urban GT Sport Coupe

We’ve seen GReddy Racing do some pretty gnarly things on the Scion FR-S , and just when it seemed that we’d had enough of them, the aftermarket company is coming to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show with another heavily-modded FR-S.

This time, the official billing of this model is the FR-S Racing Drift and just like GReddy’s previous FR-S projects, this one comes with a ton of upgrades, highlighted by a GReddy turbocharged 2JZ-GTE engine. With that engine firmly installed on the FR-S, the Japanese sports coupe now boasts of a staggering output of 750 horsepower and 730 pound-feet of torque, a ridiculous number considering that the standard FR-S only has 200 ponies and 151 pound-feet of torque on tap.

But that’s how GReddy Racing rolls and if the massive performance upgrade isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, the program also has a Rocket Bunny Ver.2 aerodynamic kit to go with a new set of 19-inch Rays Gram Lights 57FXX wheels, Wilwood brakes, and a KW Competition three-way suspension setup with SPL Parts Arms.

The interior didn’t receive a whole lot of upgrades, at least unless you condor FIA racing seats and a Takata Racing Race 6 SFI harness as a "lot".

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S Racing Drift by GReddy Performance

Scion tC Sports Coupe

We have seen nearly every gimmick under the sun with various automakers, from Saturn and its "No Haggle" pricing — see where that got it — to Volkswagen with its "Sign Then Drive Event." One gimmick that we’ve been waiting for is for when dealerships start renting out their cars for extended test drives or just a weekend trip.

Well, the wait is now over, as Toyota has done just that. From the looks of things, about 85 percent of Toyota and Scion dealers across the U.S. participate in this program and Toyota claims that its rental rates are competitive with local car-rental companies. According to the Toyota Rent a Car website, you can rent cars, trucks, SUVs, Hybrids and even the 2013 RAV4 EV for a day, week or even months. Unfortunately, the 2013 Scion FR-S isn’t on the list of available models, but the almost-as-cool Scion tC is on the list.

So, we can now check brand-new rent-a-buckets off of our wish list, now we are just waiting for all of the dealers to morph into rental showrooms and Internet-based car buying — now that is "no haggle pricing!" Those two will likely never happen, but at the rate that Tesla is changing the car-buying experience, you just never know what will happen.

Your move, Elon Musk...

Click past the jump to read about some of the coolest models that Toyota is renting out under this program

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: this Greddy Racing-prepared Scion FR-S that will suit up at the 2013 Formula Drift Pro Championships has been under Scion’s development covers since before the production FR-S was unveiled to the public.

That’s a pretty interesting history for a racecar that certainly has the racing pedigree down to a hilt. It comes with a GReddy X Rocket Bunny body kit, a KW Competition three-way suspension setup and a set of 17- and 18-inch Rays Gram Lights 57DR wheels wrapped in Hankook RS-3 tires.

To prepare it for the intense competition of the Formula Drift Pro Championship, GReddy Racing prepared this FR-S to be a bona fide world beater. It features a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that’s been outfitted with a GReddy turbocharger, thus increasing the output to a staggering 650 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 450 horsepower and 399 pound-feet of torque over a stock FR-S. This GReddy-tuned engine mates to a G-Force GSR four-speed transmission and the complete package is enough to rocket this FR-S to 60 mph in just 2.83 seconds and through a quarter-mile in just 10.4 seconds.

With an entire year of testing and development under the hood of this FR-S, there’s no doubt that GReddy Racing and driver Ken Gushi are parepared to take the Formula Drift Pro Championship by storm.

Click past the jump to read about the Scion FR-S

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Lucas Oil KSR prepared an FR-S for the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge, but the guys over TAngelo Racing decided the sports coupe is good enough for the Formula Drift series. Moreover, the model they updated is not an ordinary FR-S, but one salvaged from the Superstorm Sandy.

This particular FR-S was torn apart, gutted and built back up with a 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE Toyota engine - the same found in a 2012 Toyota Corolla XRS - that Papadakis Racing strapped a Garrett turbocharger to and tuned to racing specs.

Straight out of the Corolla, this engine puts down just 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and The FR-S’ base boxer-four engine develops a total of 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Neither figure was good enough for TAngelo Racing, as tuned 2AZ engine peaks at an incredible 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.

The standard six-speed manual could never handle this power, so TAngelo Racing replaced it with a new G-Force GSR unit. With the extra power and new gearbox in tow, the FR-S hits 60 mph in just 3 seconds and the clears the 1/4-mile in just 10 seconds.

Along with the new engine, the FR-S by TAngelo Racing also received a GReddy X Rocket Bunny body kit for a little extra style. Additionally, TAngelo Racing added in a set of Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels wrapped in Hankook RS-3 rubber, some Wilwood performance brakes and Stance suspensions to keep the 750 ponies in check.

For the 2013 racing season the FR-S will be driven by Tony Angelo.

Click past the jump to see the Scion FR-S by TAngelo Racing in action at Driven 2 Drift 2013.


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