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?
The Toyota GT86 is a lovely car to begin with, but like all good things, it’s much improved in rally trim. The GT86 CS-R3 is Toyota’s homologated rally special, and according to Toyota’s own press release, some jamoke named Chris Harris who wrote for www.jalopnik.com will drive it in the British Rally Championship.
The poor Subaru BRZ! It’s one of the best dedicated sports cars of our time, and despite a ton of initial hype, it’s had a hard time selling beyond a small but dedicated fanbase. It can’t shake the widespread sentiment that it needs more power.
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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.
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 were not already aware, this is the greatest Toyobaru in the country. It's the Nameless Performance GT-86 and it will be tearing a rear-drive hole in the American rally scene this year.
The GT86 CS-R3 built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Germany will race in WRC3's R3 category as the only rear-wheel drive car, because oversteer is fun. This is the first onboard footage of it.
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"?
It seems Toyota 86/Scion FR-S chief engineer Tetsuya Tada genuinely spooked some people when he said it's possible Toyota could team up with BMW instead of Subaru for the next generation of their small sports car. One of those people was Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, who says that's just not true.
Cosworth has announced they're moving away from supplying individual parts and moving towards full tuning setups. Their objective is to become an approved upgrade partner for manufacturers, and the first in line is Subaru's FA20 engine with the Stage 1 Power Package, good for 230 horsepower.
If you're like me, you're crossing out the days on your calendar until the Alfa Romeo 4C comes to America. It's the 21st century Ferrari Dino we've all been dreaming about. But how can it handle its rivals on a track?
Oh yes, he's doing this. 50-year-old man and Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer is bringing the hurt. Let's hope he's got an industrial strength flamesuit, because this is going to be intense.
The Toyobaru! I love it and so do you, but we're all pining for a version with more power in addition to that delectable handling. Now some mysterious patent drawings have cropped up that make us wonder if something special is in the cards.
It's an age-old question: What's better, a tuned car or a car that comes from the factory with a ton of power? That debate will never be settled, but the professional hoons at Autocar added fuel to the fire by lining up two very unlikely opponents.
Having tasted success in the sports car game with their GT86/Scion FR-S, Toyota has apparently developed an appetite for even more sports cars. Specifically, a family of three rear-wheel drive sports cars with the Toyobaru in the middle in terms of size and price.
How would you like to see a whole family of models spawned from the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86/Subaru BRZ like what BMW has done with Mini? If your answer is "hell yes," then you'll be happy to know that Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the Toyobaru, wants that to happen as well.
Go ahead and sit down if you aren't already, because I have some news that may upset you: it is possible that our beloved Toyota GT-86 (aka Scion FR-S, aka Subaru BRZ, aka The Toyobaru) could get a hybrid version in the near future. Gasp!