Toyota is finally giving up on Scion, announcing that every model will remain, only just given an ordinary Toyota badge where the old ‘S’ used to be. But which Scion models will suffer for losing this youth-brand identity?
What an eventful day we’ve had mourning... well, discussing the death of the Scion brand! Then again, the Scions themselves aren’t really dying, they’re just getting absorbed into the Toyota brand. But what will we call them?
Of all the many wonderful things about this country, its 4 million miles of road that allow you access to nearly every nook and cranny must be one of the best. No YouTube video or Google Image search can replace the wonder of seeing mile after mile of untouched American splendor laid out before your windshield, and on…
As I calmly waited for the car to arrive, I felt none of the usual anticipation for the experience that lay before me. The burbly metallic blue coupe eventually rolled up, giving me the chance to convince the car’s caretaker to hand over the keys. It was at that point when I realized that almost everything I thought I…
I recently had the chance to compare my Nissan Skyline GT-R to a Scion FR-S. Yes, folks, that’s right: I’ve compared my legendary, powerful, fabled, privately imported, mad tyte JDM yo Nissan Skyline GT-R to a budget-priced Toyota with more interior plastic than a McDonald’s Play Place.
When automakers trademark names, it’s not necessarily indicative of a new model coming out with that name. Sometimes they do it to protect old nameplates or reserve new ones, just in case. But one recent Toyota trademark filing has us scratching our heads.
First off, apologies for possibly THE most distasteful Oregon Trail Rally/Oregon Trail Video Game joke/analogy ever conceived. With every tragedy comes opportunity - like making a drawing I could never have gotten away with otherwise.
I saw this at Hyperfest at VIR over the weekend. I don’t think I’m qualified to nominate a car for the Hot Boi Olympics, but I feel like this is a contender.
It’s not easy to win the Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA with a budget of just $15,000 and just 90 days to do the whole build, but Speedhunters’ Keith Charvonia did an excellent job with his 300 horsepower Toyobaru. That’s why it stars in the latest Jay Leno’s Garage.
[Here's Tony Angelo testing his nitrous-shot 705 horsepower Formula Drift FR-S at last summer's East Coast Bash. It looked like he was prepping for the apocalypse. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove]
The Scion iM Concept showed off at last week's LA Auto Show previewed a production car that Scion desperately needs at the moment for mainstream success. But what about the enthusiasts? Scion senior vice president Doug Murtha took the time to re-iterate some bad news: a convertible or turbo FR-S is not coming. Booo!
If you love cars with turbochargers, slightly open roofs, and rear windows you can do a line of coke off, then you need to meet the Scion FR-S T1, a turbocharged targa-topped FR-S with a louvered rear window and no shot of ever being built. This is incredible.
What would you do if you just finished building a stripped, caged, stroked 2JZ Scion FR-S?
Yes, you can pitch a ball right through the open windows of a moving Scion FR-S.
German drifter Harald Müller just set a new Guinness record in Turkey after driving a Toyota GT86 sideways for 2 hours and 25 minutes.
"It's great, but it needs more power." This criticism is leveled at the Scion FR-S almost universally. I think it's just fine for what it is at about 200 horsepower, but since when are we all okay with "just fine"?
You're Toyota. You have a bunch of great older sports cars in your stable. Do you just let them sit around collecting dust, or do you go out and compare them to newer stuff like the Scion FR-S? The UK branch of the company went with the latter, and the results are great.