The Scion FR-S by Meguair is available as a free download for any person who owns Forza Horizon, or for Forza Motorsport 4 and purchased the August Playseat Car Pack. Each game will also get a new “Rivals Mode” race event that offers players the chance to test out their new cars in competition.
Turn 10 Studios is also launching a contest with numerous prizes from Meguair or an Xbox 360. All you have to do is to share photos of your digital FR-S. To enter the Forza Horizon Photo Contest, visit http://forzamotorsport.net/en-US/news.aspx.
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S by Meguiar.
With the exception of the FR-S, Scion has long been a brand we pretty much shied away from. Not that there’s anything wrong with it; it’s just not the type of automaker that we follow. However, when Scion began teasing the fact that it was set to unveil an all-new tC at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, our ears perked up just a little bit.
For those that don’t remember, the tC was, at one time, the talk of Scon, as it was the only real “sports” model that the econo-box manufacturer offered. However, when Scion redesigned the model in 2011, it left a whole lot to be desired.
Well, with all of the teasing coming out of the Scion offices about the 2014 tC, we should be ready for something that’ll take our breath away, right?
Update 5/9/2013: Scion has just revealed the base pricing for the tC and tC 10 Series. See the pricing after the jump.
Click past the jump to find out if the tC impressed or fell on its face
Scion is celebrating its first 10 years in business with the launch of a series of special editions applied to the every vehicle in its lineup. Called 10 Series, this new limited edition made its world debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
The model that catches our attention is the FR-S variant, of course. The special 10 Series FR-S is painted in an exclusive premium color called Silver Ignition combined with an LED Scion locator badge that lights up when the driver unlocks the car. Most of the updates were made inside the cabin, where the new 10 Series adds silver seat belts, a solar-powered illuminated shift knob, sequentially numbered interior badge and a Scion 10 Series logo placed on the dash.
For the FR-S, Scion also offers HID headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, dual automatic climate control and a smart key with push-button-start ignition.
The new 10 Series special edition will arrive in dealerships this June. Scion plans a total of 10,000 10 Series units, and the FR-S will make up 2,000 of those units units.
Update 5/9/2013: Scion has just released pricing for the 2014 FR-S 10 Series. The six-speed manual transmission model will start at $27,425 and the automatic transmission model will start at $28,675.
Canadian tuner, SR Auto Group, has a habit of releasing some of the most unique and impressive programs you’ll ever see. Its latest work, which it worked on in collaboration with Openroad Scion, further solidifies that point.
Using a stock Scion FR-S, SR Auto Group decked it with a comprehensive aerodynamic body kit, giving it a new and far more imposing appearance that no standard FR-S can even come close to.
The car, which has since been rechristened as Rocket Bunny, is fully kitted, complete with wide-body fender flares, a new front lip, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large rear GT wing. But that’s not all. It also has a couple Seibon parts in a new carbon-fiber hood and fog light covers. Carbon-fiber side mirrors from APR have all been added, as were bespoke smoked headlight housings and candy red taillight surroundings.
The final pieces of this stunning program include a set of 18-inch "Winning Blue" Rays Gram Lights 57 Extreme wheels, an Invidia catback exhaust system to further bolster the sports car’s performance credentials and a set of fully adjustable BC Racing coilovers with a 10 kg (22-pound) spring rate.
While it doesn’t have any straightforward performance enhancements, we can surmise that with the new exhaust, together with all those new aero kits, the Rocket Bunny FR-S has a little more roar to it than stock FR-S models.
Last week we heard the first rumors suggesting that Scion could develop more body styles for its FR-S sports coupe. A rumor was all we needed to start imagining what these models would look like. Yesterday we brought you a rendering of a FR-S sedan and today it’s time for something even crazier: the FR-S Shooting Brake.
According to Scion FR-S chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, such a variant will be specially developed for those big families that want to enjoy a great sports car. He added that every time he goes out, he wants to take all his five dogs with him, so you see why such a crazy model is needed, right?
If built, the FR-S Shooting Brake will most likely feature the same technology as the coupe. This nets it a 2.0-liter boxer-four engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
However, we suggest not to start saving for such a model because we strongly doubt it will be even put into production. One thing is certain, the shooting brake is more likely than a sedan.
Just the other day, we reported that the new Scion FR-S (and all its derivatives) could also get a sedan and a shooting brake version in the near future. The announcement was made by Scion FR-S chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, who reported that the car’s body has been designed to support many more styles than just the coupe and convertible.
Today we have created a rendering of the possible sedan version that may help you better understand what it may look like. As you can see, the body remains very similar to the coupe version, but it gets an additional two rear doors and, of course, increased cabin room.
Under the hood, we would expect to see the same engine used in the coupe: a 2.0-liter front boxer engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The engine would mate to the same six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
We highly doubt that this model will ever see the light of day, but it is an interesting concept nonetheless. If it ever does hit the market, we wouldn’t expect to see it for at least five years.
Illinois-based tuning firm, TF-Works, is preparing a special program for the FR-S, one that gives it the kind of aftermarket punch that the GT 86 and the BRZ are normally accustomed to.
The program comes with a bevy of new features, not the least of which includes a "Version Select" carbon-fiber body kit with new components added on like an extended front apron, a new trunk spoiler, and a hot set of 19-inch matte-silver, concave Vossen wheels. The program is still in the middle of being worked on so we expect more goodies to be added on to the mix.
For now, TF-Works has released the price for the known components included in the "Version Select" kit. So if you’re ready to splurge on your FR-S, be sure you have at least $2,500 at your disposal. We’ll bring you more, as it rolls out.
In an interview with AutoGuide, Scion FR-S chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, explained that the Open Top Concept was the next logical step for the GT 86, but he also confirmed that the company is not done with exploring possibilities with the FR-S lineup. Tada explained that the he wants to do with the sports coupe the same BMW did with the Mini family.
It looks like Tada is set on pushing the car’s body to its limits and wants to add at least one sedan and shooting brake version - the latter one being specially developed for his five dogs. His words, not ours.
In the same interview, Tada talked about the new collaboration between Toyota and BMW that will bring a new sports car to the two companies’ lineups. The company is hoping to obtain "a product that none of us could have imagined; something more than anyone expects." We are wondering if this new sports car will also end getting more body versions like Tada would like to see from the FR-S.
In the latest episode of his "Head 2 Head" show, Carlos Lago from MotorTrend put two of the coolest sports car on the market — the 2013 Mazda Miata Club Edition and the 2013 Scion FR-S — head to head. Of course, for this test you will have to forget the numbers and understand it is just a fight made for fun.
The Scion FR-S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds and the Miata Club Edition in 6.1 seconds. The quarter-mile times are pretty much identical, as the MX-5 runs it in 14.7 seconds at a speed of 92.8 mph and the FR-S in 14.8 seconds at a speed of 95.1 mph. With these numbers aside, which car is more fun to drive?
Watch the video to see which of the two models impressed Carlos Lago the most! Also, let us know in the comment section below if you agree with him!
Scion tC has been the annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Racecar ever since 2005, but things have changed for the 2013 model year. Toyota has decided to switch from the usual tC to the newer and more capable FR-S. The model has been specially designed to celebrate the 37th anniversary of one of America’s most entertaining motorsports events.
The standard Scion FR-S delivers a total of 200 horsepower, which isn’t too shabby. In the race version, however, the 2.0-liter boxer engine has been tricked to deliver a total of 210 horsepower. Along with the 10 extra horsepower, this race-ready FR-S has been equipped with numerous other enhancements from Toyota Racing Development (TRD): stainless-steel exhaust, coil-over shocks and springs, big-brake kit with Hawk Performance brake pads, performance air intake and a set of 18-inch wheels.
In order to deliver the maximum performance while on the race track, TRD also installed a Centerforce single-disc racing clutch, front MacPherson struts and rear double wishbone suspension. The extra ponies shouldn’t do too much in terms of enhancing its performance, but the updated clutch should drop a tenth of a second off of its base 0-to-60 time, and the new braking and suspension components should help it in the twist.
Toyota didn’t offer any specifics on what’s inside the cockpit, but the images tell us all we really need to know. We can see that the front seats remain from the base model, but the rear seat backs are gone, a roll cage was installed and a set of red Simpson racing harnesses keep the driver and passenger save.