Scion is definitely swinging for the fences with its SEMA offerings. Don’t believe me? Check out this targa-top FR-S and tell me that isn’t a fresh take on the company’s sports coupe. The model is called the FR-S T1 and it was built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs. Give some applause to Lookofsky for going against the grain with this targo-top FR-S.

Now I’ve seen some convertible FR-S models here and there, but a targa roof? That’s new to me.

The roof is the unquestioned eye-catcher of this custom-built FR-S, but Lookofsky didn’t stop there. He also gave the FR-S T1 a wide-body kit, slapped on a set of wheels, and added in some performance upgrades.

For my money, you’re not going to see a Scion FR-S that looks as cool as this one. Scion and Jeremy Lookofsky swung hard on this project and nailed it out of the park.

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    2.0 L
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    6 sec. (Est.)
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    143 mph
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    35000 (Est.)
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The spokes on those wheels are straight out of the 80s, too!

The unmistakable targa roof not only exudes an 80s look to the FR-S, but the Azzuro California Blue custom color gives it the credibility of a fresh, custom-tuned sports car.

An all-metal wide-body kit creates a more muscular appearance that blends well with the integrated rear spoiler and the custom, 19-inch, forged wheels with spokes that appear to be straight out of the 80s.


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The interior doesn’t have the extensive upgrade as I’d like, but the tan leather trim spread throughout the cabin does give it a more refined look.

Lookofsky added a Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX head unit to complement the OEM Audio+System 400. At the very least, you can enjoy those leisurely drives with the top gone and music blaring.


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It’s clear that the FR-S T1 has some kind of performance upgrade under its hood.

We’ve all been a little impatient with Toyota foot-dragging when it comes to offering real performance upgrades for the GT 86 and FR-S, but many owners have moved to the aftermarket for help. Lookofsky did just that by turning to GReddy for a street turbo kit that is bound to unleash some of those penned-up ponies. Additionally, there is a high-mounted, center-exit exhaust that may or may not add some extra power.

So, how much extra power are we talking about here? Well, it all depends on just how wild Lookofsky went with the turbo kit. Chances are it is relatively mild. Considering the base FR-S carries a 2.0-liter, boxer-four engine that produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque under that hood, I think that a light turbo job could bump those numbers to around 260 ponies and 230 pound-feet of torque.

Drivetrain/Specifications (Estimate)

Engine Displacement 1,998 cc
Engine Type Turbocharged
Maximum output 260 HP
Maximum torque 230 LB-FT


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It’s a concept build at SEMA so it’s primarily a showpiece model. You can try asking Cartel Customs to build you one, but that would probably cost in excess of $50,000, Scion FR-S included.


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I like Jeremy Lookofsky’s approach in building the FR-S T1. This is what you call out-of-the-box thinking. The targa roof is an incredible idea that not a lot tuners thought about in the first place. The custom-blue finish is also a wonderful addition, as are the 80s-inspired wheel design! It’s not often for me to admit that a Scion FR-S can look this good, but Lookofksy deserves a lot of credit for pulling it off.

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Press Release

High quality craftsmanship and an open-air experience came together in the Scion FR-S T1, built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs. The two-tone combination features a black targa top and custom color – Azzuro California Blue – over a muscular, all-metal wide body and integrated rear spoiler. The vehicle has been lowered and sits on custom 19-inch forged wheels. Other vehicle highlights include:

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High-mounted custom center exhaust
GReddy street turbo kit
KW coil-over suspension
Wilwood Big Brake Kit with custom nickel-plated finish
OEM Audio+ System 400 complemented by a Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX head unit

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“It’s an honor being involved with Scion for the seventh consecutive year bringing design concepts to reality and setting the bar for the SEMA Show,” Lookofsky said. “We have won two Mothers® design awards and SEMA fan favorite awards throughout the years, and I’m pretty confident our FR-S will come home on a positive note as well.”

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