Last year wasn’t especially kind to Toyota’s Scion brand. Every car in the lineup saw a year-over-year sales decline of at least 6 percent, and the brand as a whole suffered a sales drop of 15.1 percent compared to 2013. But fear not faithful Scion fans and dealers, help is on the way. Toyota has just announced that a production version of the 2014 Scion iM Concept will be debuting in production guise at the 2015 New York Auto Show alongside an unnamed model that will stand as the brand’s first-ever sedan.
Based on the overseas Toyota Auris and revealed at the LA Auto Show, we knew we’d be seeing the new iM sooner rather than later, but other than confirmation of its unveiling, there is no additional information about the new sedan. It isn’t even clear if this four-door will be a rebadged Toyota product like many other Scion cars including the FR-S or a unique vehicle like the tC, which could possibly be the FR-S-based sedan we heard rumors of last year.
Regardless of which way Toyota goes with this sedan, it will help bring a little diversity to a Scion lineup that has relied solely on small hatchbacks and coupes since Toyota created it a decade ago.
Other than the iM and this new sedan, Scion also confirmed that it will debut a third new vehicle within the next three years. This could very easily be a much-needed replacement for the once-trend-setting xB or it could be an entirely new model altogether, but it will definitely inject some youthfulness into a lineup that currently averages more than four years old.
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Ah, the holidays. The perfect time to sit around the fire with family, roasting chestnuts and relaxing with a soothing cup of spiced eggnog. Well, either that, or roasting the tires off an FR-S with a super gulp serving of counter-steer.
That latter scenario was the retreat of choice for professional driver Ryan Tuerck as he slid his way up some 2,000 feet of switchbacks and blind corners in his 600-horsepower Scion FR-S. That hazy scenery behind the clouds of smoke is Burke Mountain in Vermont, which makes for some rather epic public-road drifting action. Adding to the fun, we find fellow Formula D driver Pat Goodin coming out in a black 1JZ-powered Nissan S13 for tandem madness.
Long story short, that white car isn’t stock. In this walk-around video, Tuerck lets us peek under the skin of this hyperspace FR-S. Motive power is provided by a turbocharged, Toyota 2JZGTE inline-six with cam gears and a stroker kit from Brian Crower. Making boost is a Garrett GTX3582R turbocharger, with two 44-mm (1.73-inch) wastegates. Two Radium Engineering catch cans condense blow-by vapors, while the tuner’s fuel regulator helps with the dino juice. Finally, Mishimoto cools with a thick radiator help in the corners. Dominant Engineering is responsible for all the fabrication work; check out the custom side exhaust dump peeking out of the passenger side fender.
The interior is gutted, while an ASD handbrake is in place for instant rear lock up. Recaro seats were installed to hold Tuerck in place. DBA Racing brake rotors, a Wisefab rear suspension kit, and BC Racing coilovers help round out the stop and turn. A Wisefab kit in the front helps eek out every last degree of steering angle.
With a car this wild, piloted by one of the drifting world’s best out in the unpredictable real world, you just know it’s going to be good. If you’ve been jonesing for some quality sideways hoonigenry, we have your prescription right here.
Click past the jump to read about the Scion FR-S.
When Toyota and Subaru announced their plans to join forces and create a small, affordable rear-wheel drive coupe, the world rejoiced. With Toyota’s legendary quality and reliability coupled to Subaru’s knowledge of fun and exciting rally machines, this car had the potential to be one of the best enthusiast machines in years. The car that was created wears the badge FR-S for Scion and BRZ for Subaru. A while back our very own Mark McNabb was granted the keys to a Scion FR-S, but he was saddled with the automatic transmission. To get the most of a machine like the FR-S you need the ability to row your own.
When I got the call that a FR-S was going to be heading to my driveway with a proper three-pedal transmission, I was excited to see how different it was to drive compared to the automatic version that Mark had. I slide into the driver’s seat, slotted the slick manual into first gear and set off on a week of fun and mayhem with tiny sports car.
Click past the jump to read my full review of the 2014 Scion FR-S
You don’t need to tell us, because we already know: the 2013 to 2015 Scion FR-S is awesome. It’s an affordable sports car in the traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, with a low curb weight and suspension setup that’s perfect for sideways high jinks. What’s not to love? Well, if the reviews are any indication, the slightly anemic four-banger under the hood can put a damper on things. And when it comes to sports cars, a roofless version, if done properly, can be a huge fun-factor multiplier.
So when rumors began to swirl that Toyota was interested in creating turbocharged and cabrio versions of the GT 86 platform, fans everywhere rejoiced. Unfortunately, that celebration appears to have been a bit premature. According to WardsAuto, Scion execs have confirmed the death of the FR-S turbo and convertible.
In an interview at the LA Auto Show last week, Scion’s senior vice president Doug Murtha seems downtrodden as the bearer of bad news: “I think we were pretty aggressive on our (submitted plan), but we looked at what we would have conceivably lost on the product and said, ‘We’re not going to even push it further.’ Nobody was more disappointed than we were.”
We’re not so sure about that last part, but oh well. While a factory turbo FR-S appears DOA, there’s still copious support from the aftermarket for anyone willing to start down the long, winding path of vehicle modification. As for a roofless FR-S, all we can say is that with enough time and money, anything is possible.
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S.
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is just around the corner, and although Toyota isn’t planning on revealing any new production vehicles like it did last year, it’s bringing a couple of intriguing concept cars to display, one of which is the Scion iM. Scion isn’t doing too well these days; most of its offerings are dated and the brand’s future is rather uncertain. However, it seems Scion is thinking outside the box in Los Angeles with a concept car that transforms an otherwise plebeian Toyota into a track-ready hot hatch.
The vehicle in question is the Auris compact, which has yet to reach U.S. shores since its introduction in 2006. It’s indeed awkward for Scion to meddle with a vehicle that’s not available on these shores, but I’m glad it did, as the iM Concept is an aggressively styled hatch with plenty of performance upgrades. Granted, the Auris isn’t a particularly exciting car, but the iM Concept looks like it has a decidedly sporty bend to it. Read on to find out what makes this concept a vehicle Scion needs to approve for mass production.
Updated 11/20/2014: The new Scion iM concept made its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to the company the iM is a preview version of a versatile five-door compact hatchback that will arrive in dealerships in 2015 at a price starting under $20k.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
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The rear-drive, two-door FR-S certainly has the right bones for making it big as an all-out race car. With a low curb weight and a highly tunable four-cylinder under the hood, the potential for a podium finish is there. However, with something so new, development time is required to make the transition from untested to competitive. It’s only after grinding through tons of mistakes that a real track champion is born.
One team that certainly paid its dues was All American Racers, headed by racing legend Dan Gurney. Back in the 80s, AAR entered a trio of Toyota Celicas in the highly popular International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTU class to take on the dominant Mazda RX-7. Although the team enjoyed limited success, hard work and relentless development yielded a competitive set of cars by the end of the season. When AAR and the Toyotas moved up to the GTO class, they started to win races.
As a throwback to the IMSA era of GT racing in the U.S., Speedhunters created this FR-S track special for the Scion Racing Tuner Challenge. The challenge is between three media outlets to create the ultimate FR-S in the 90-day lead-in to SEMA. With a budget of $15,000, each competitor is allowed free reign to build a car to wow the judges.
This year, Speedhunters managed to take home the win (along with a $10,000 check). The judges liked the retro theme and custom fabrication personally wrought by technical editor Keith Charnovia, as well as all the cleanly executed performance upgrades. Congratulations, Speedhunters!
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S Speedhunters Maximum Attack.
In stock trim, the Scion FR-S is simply fantastic. It’s light, agile, and practically begging to be flogged. However, there’s always room for improvement; at least that’s how the folks at Super Street see it. The performance magazine is known for utterly transforming any car its folks lay their hands on, and have extensive experience rendering modifications that produce both substantial performance improvements and show-stopping looks.
The FR-S you see here is no different. It’s Super Street’s entry for the Scion Racing Tuner Challenge; a 90-day race between three media outfits to complete the baddest FR-S before an official reveal at SEMA. In an online poll, Super Street managed to beat out both GT Channel and Speedhunters by a convincing margin. The real question is- what will the judges think?
With one recent FR-S build already under its belt, Super Street has the history to back it. IT also knows what it takes to make a car stand out in a field of top contenders. The strategy employed here is clear: “wider, wilder, and louder.” With a $15,000 budget and enough yellow paint to cover a fleet of school buses, can it take home the win?
Click past the jump to read more about Scion FR-S Super Street.
Few vehicles represent a love for driving better than a small, rear-wheel-drive, two-door coupe. There’s no space for cargo or excess passengers and no compromise in the layout; it’s all about maximizing the interface between the driver and the road, quickening your pulse, and plastering a big banana grin all over your face. There are precious few cars that meet all these criteria, but the Scion FR-S is undoubtedly one of them.
Launched in 2012, the FR-S, and its corporate twin the Subaru BRZ, quickly became the darlings of automotive journalists everywhere. The car is extremely tossable, with a suspension setup that almost encourages sideways hooning, while the naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder provides adequate power for canyon carving.
To help celebrate the supreme awesomeness of this lead-foot daydream, Scion has dared GT Channel, SuperStreet, and Speedhunters to deliver their idea of the ultimate FR-S. Dubbed the Scion Racing Tuner Challenge, each publication was given a new FR-S, a $15,000 budget, and 90 days to complete their creation before the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
With only a few days left until the big event, you can be sure that crunch time is officially on.
GT Channel partnered with MotoIQ and legendary Japanese tuning house Mine’s to produce this FR-S under the guiding principle of “smart, sophisticated and stupid fast.” As a tuner car, the team wanted to build something that was functional and not simply a show queen. It’s a build designed to trounce competitors on the track, but still maintain some degree of civility on the street.
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S By GT Channel.
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.
Click past the jump to read more about Scion FR-S T1.
The Scion tC doesn’t get nearly the same level of press as the FR-S. That’s a shame because the tC actually holds more appeal as a sports coupe than the FR-S since it doesn’t have to worry about having identical versions from Toyota and Subaru. For our money, the tC might actually be one of the most underrated entry-level sports coupes in its segment that’s slowly getting some traction among consumers.
That’s precisely why Scion’s decision to unveil the new tC Release Series 9.0 happened at just the right time.
The launch of the tC Release Series 9.0 comes two years after its predecessor, the tC Release Series 8.0 was launched in July 2012. In that time, the tC has undergone a massive transformation looking a lot sportier than its ever been, making Scion’s decision to launch the Release Series 9.0 was a no-brainer.
The tC Release Series 9.0 will stand out anywhere it goes, thanks to a comprehensive list of upgrades that includes a new aero kit commissioned from noted aftermarket company Cartel Customs. Scion will only build 2,000 examples of the special-edition tC so if you fancy one, be advised that the car is expected to arrive in dealerships in January 2015.
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Things don’t get much groovier than this; Riley Hawk’s Skate Tour xB outfitted with all the proper accessories for America’s 1970s van culture. The Scion is destined for the SEMA show happening November 4th through 7th in Las Vegas where the unsuspecting crowd will surely be transfixed by this car-turned-van.
The man responsible for this cultured creation is Scott Kanemura of KMA Productions. He helped Hawk turn childhood memories into reality by bringing back all the classic parts that make ‘70s conversion vans special. “Every element of this Scion xB represents some part of my life,” Hawk says. “I’m looking forward to showing it at SEMA and having people check it out!”
And check it out they will. This “van” has it all. The exterior is compete with hoop-style manual chrome mirrors, chrome grille inserts, Cragar S/S wheels wrapped in fat rubber with raised white letters, a high-roof kit, fish bowl rear windows, and (non-functional) side pipes. The most obvious change is the orange, yellow, and brown stripe job covering the entire vehicle. Mr. B.A. Baracus would be jealous.
Of course, Kanemura had to tie in Hawks love of skateboarding. The back hatch opens up to reveal a mini workshop for tinkering on boards. Even smaller is the pint-sized halfpipe for Tech Decks. The high roof kit opens up to reveal more storage for full-size boards while a rack on the xB’s tailgate holds two additional boards.
Updated 10/30/2014: Scion unveiled the official details on the x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB with just a few days before its official debut at SEMA. Details after the jump.
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The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show holds a very special place in our hearts, largely because it’s a different take on what an auto show traditionally is. Instead of debuting production cars or unveiling concept cars, SEMA is the place where automakers show off customized versions of their respective production models. This year, Scion was one of the first to unveil its SEMA plans when it released the first details on its SEMA-bound models, including the Slayer-inspired "Mobile Amp" tC sports coupe.
The Slayer Mobile Amp tC is far from a sheep wearing wolf’s clothing. It’s an all-out assault to your senses, a living (albeit on four wheels) embodiment of Slayer’s aggressive and style of music. The exterior and interior of the tC sports coupe received equal amounts of details attributed to Slayer as it was built by Mike Vu of MV DESIGNZ. This program isn’t for the weak of heart, as the company did not settle for anything less than to make Tom Araya and the rest of the band proud to have their names attached to it.
Updated 10/30/2014: Scion unveiled the official details on the x Slayer Mobile Amp tC set to be unveiled next week at SEMA. Details after the jump.
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