Driving the low and light Subaru BRZ is truly blissful. Predictable steering, great balance. But for the years the car’s been out, we’ve been hearing the same chief complaint from enthusiasts across the board: where are the birds?
What’s the difference between a professional drift Scion FR-S and a professional rally Subaru BRZ? It’s simple: one does jumps!
Eight. We counted eight. Regardless, the 2017 Toyota 86 looks good with the Toyota badge it should have had all along, and it saves would-be FR-S owners from having to do the inevitable swap anyway.
The Toyobaru twins have gone under more names than some entire car brands have, and as Scion closes up shop to fold into the mother brand, the FR-S gets yet another name change. But it’s one I can actually get behind. Meet the 2017 Toyota 86, as it will be called this fall.
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?
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.
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.