Now, we know we have already seen two concepts- FT-86 and FT-86 II - for this vehicle, but will have to endure one more as Toyota has brought us yet another FT-86 concept. This time it has been revealed at the New York Auto Show under the Scion badge and it won’t go into production until Toyota finally brings their production version later this year at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Scion FR-S Concept is a preview version of a new model coming to the Scion brand next year.

"Scion is always experimenting with new things," said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. "The brand is iconic with the xB, adrenalized by the tC, and groundbreaking with the iQ. The FR-S will expand the brand into yet another new dimension that I know it is truly destined for."

Like with the other Toyota model, the Scion model is being inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, better known as the Hachi-Roku, meaning "8-6" in Japanese. The concept is being built on a rear-wheel-drive platform and is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer front engine that can be mated with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 04/28/2011: Toyota has revealed a new video showing off the Scion FR-S concept’s revving engine. The sound should be the same or very similar for all three Scion FR-S / Toyota-Subaru FT-86 cars since they will all feature the same Boxer engine and exhaust setup. Hit the jump for the video.

UPDATE 05/20/2011: Testing is still underway for the Scion FR-S, and while it was circling the track, spy photographers were able to get a shot of the newly fitted and massive wing attached to the back. Seems a little exaggerated to us, but hey, we’ve waited so long to see this car in action that we will take just about anything they throw at us at this point. Check out the video after the jump.

UPDATE 06/24/2011: Scion has unveiled a new video of their latest FR-S concept in which Ken Gushi - a resident Scion Racing driver - talks about about the Scion FR-S concept car and what it means to him. For those that don’t recognize the name, Gushi started his driving career in the iconic Toyota AE86 also known as the "hachiroku". The AE86 is important because the FR-S is modeled after the prime drifting vehicle.

UPDATE 11/10/2011: SEMA may be all about tuning projects, but next to a bunch of updated iQs, Scion also took the opportunity to show us the FR-S Concept. Check out the gallery to see all of the live images from the show.

Hit the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S Concept.

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Spy Video of the FR-S’ New Rear Wing by FT86Club

The Scion FR-S Revving its Engine

Exterior and Interior

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The concept on display at the New York Auto Show is shown in a bright Code Red exterior paint and displays the profile inspired by the Toyota 2000GT. The hoodline dips low and then opens up at the vehicle’s wide mouth and angular headlights featuring bright LED clusters. Overall, the sharp lines of the concept reveal a clean design and not at all what we expected when we heard Toyota was giving this prized piece over to Scion.

As low as the front dips, the back of the car perks up like it is being ready to be kissed. The extensive lower treatments add a certain amount of get-down-and-dirty as it frames the dual exhaust pipes. Further funk is illustrated by the sharp taillights with LED lights and that unmistakable "SCION" logo.

The final touch is made by a new set of massive monoblock Five Axis wheels, size 20x8.5-inch front and 20x10.5-inch at the rear. The wheels are combined with four-piston-caliper front brakes and 18-inch annular carbon ceramic matrix rotors attached to the wheels à la motorcycle style.


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Under the hood, Scion has placed the same 2.0-liter front boxer engine combined with a rear-wheel drive system. This engine is set up lower and further back to provide a lower center of gravity. This 2.0L Boxer engine is the first boxer to incorporate Toyota’s D4-S injection system, an addition that results in both direct and port injection. All this means is that the FR-S will get increased horsepower and torque without having to deal with the loss of fuel efficiency, a big plus when dealing with these mounting gas prices.

The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

When Can I Buy One?

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As Scion announced at the New York Auto Show, a production version will follow next year. Expect to pay around $25K for Scion’s interpretation of the FT-86, which matches what Toyota’s version is rumored to cost.


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The future Scion FR-S will surely have competitors on the market, namely Subaru’s interpretation of the Toyobaru project. While both models will share the same boxer engine, Subaru’s will also have an STI version powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine with an output of about 300 HP.

Models like the Nissan 370Z will also cater to some competition as the production version of the Scion figures to aim itself in that direction as well. The 370Z gets a 3.7 liter V6 engine with an output of 332 HP at 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. It is on sale with a starting price of $30K. All that aside, if the FR-S production version looks anything like the concept, then faithful Nissan customers may have good reason to look elsewhere.

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  (858) posted on 02.1.2012

I love this sports car. It really deserves a grand welcome. The stunning looks of the car mainly from the exterior. The LED headlights are awesome. The wheels are noticeable from afar.

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

Lovely looking with its color! I just wish that Scion would really put this one on production. This concept is really amazing and fabulous; the sporty exterior is what I really love the most with this car.

  (599) posted on 12.28.2011

Even if this one is just Scion’s take on the FT-86, I actually am looking forward to seeing the whole car when it is unveiled later this year.

  (427) posted on 12.27.2011

Fabulous! Among all sports cars, this one will really be stood out from the color and the looks, hmn I’m sure it’ll be going to beat them all. I can’t wait to see this one on how can it can heat the road.

  (727) posted on 12.27.2011

This one would be the model that will be available in the US right? Or are they also bringing in the Toyota version? If that’s the case, it would indeed be hard to choose.

  (1211) posted on 12.25.2011

Wow! This one really heats the road of sports cars. The exterior design of Scion FR-S is literally amazing. The redness makes it more hot to the eyes.

  (647) posted on 12.23.2011

I do hope that it wouldn’t copy the platform of the FT-86 since it was based on its concept. I hope to read some more details.

  (503) posted on 12.19.2011

However, as far as I know, Scion will still be able to tune up the car according to their market, so there will as yet essentially two different cars here.

  (577) posted on 12.16.2011

Just, a thought, so aside from the body styling, much of the car would actually be identical with the FT-86 right? I wonder how pricing would go when they finally release the production version of this one.

  (296) posted on 11.25.2011

Yeah! I have to agree that it looks like a Nissan GT-R. However, it still looks more impressive and a good-looking car for me. However, I really wonder if when will they truly put it on the market?

  (276) posted on 11.24.2011

I really love the angst of this Scion, and it truly looks great with its red body paint. However, I wonder if it could also have an impressive interior just like what its competitor had.

  (444) posted on 11.23.2011

Scion is really looking so amazing with its red body paint, and I love the improvement on its exterior appearance! I’m just only quite confused with its engine output. I hope that it could truly deliver a nice speed on it.

  (287) posted on 11.22.2011

The headlight of this Scion concept is almost the same with the headlamp of Nissan GT-R. Anyway it doesn’t really matter at all. smiley Well, I must say that this one is absolutely looking so great with its red body paint.

  (463) posted on 11.21.2011

I love the angst on its front headlight, and it looks so unique in that. However, I wonder if what will be its interior can offer? Well, I hope it was impressive as well. Anyway, I’m already quite satisfied with its power output.

  (676) posted on 11.15.2011

Well, I hope that its boxer engine, will really be good enough on it. Anyway, this Scion concept is truly had the angst that everyone would surely be noticed, which is so great for it.

  (488) posted on 11.13.2011

Awesome! FR-S is really what I’m looking for a vehicle! smiley this concept is absolutely so striking and looking very fabulous, and I love the fact that it can deliver an impressive speed performance!

  (830) posted on 10.19.2011

Scion FR-S is already very striking on its body paint, and I noticed that it was oozing with angst and aggressiveness because on its frond design and headlights, but I’m quite curious on its interior features.

  (452) posted on 09.27.2011

Really exceptional car. The overall package are so modernized. Scion FR-S surely one of the best seller. Even competitors is not a treat.

  (410) posted on 09.12.2011

This one reminds me of Viper, a well developed an impressive sports car design with six-speed automatic transmission that would be one of the best feature.

  (453) posted on 09.1.2011

Lovely looking with its color! I just wish that Scion would really put this one on production. This concept is really amazing and fabulous, the sporty exterior is what I really love the most with this car.

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