• Jan 25, 2008
click above for more high-res iamges of the V8-powered Scion xB

Forget about body kits, custom fiberglass enclosures for your woofer and LCDs in the headrests. This is the only way to make the Scion xB entertaining in our humble opinion. Oh yeah, Scion wants you to think its cars are more fun than a box of rocks, but like Flava Flav said, don't believe the hype. We'll even forgive the fact that there's a big, dumb carburetor sitting atop the Chevy-based small block. This first-generation xB is owned by a guy named Rick, who apparently knows his way around plasma cutters, nibblers and welders. It's not quite finished yet, as evidenced by the photos showing a stripped interior and lots of zip ties, but Rick's Scion is already quite the sleeper.

Peering inside the engine bay, it's the tidy dimensions of the small block FTW. A transmission hump/center tunnel had to be added, and the chassis was converted to rear-wheel drive, too. Keep in mind, this is the smaller, original xB. The overinflated second-generation would have even more space in the engine room for this sort of chicanery. There's obviously some time and money spent to give this ho-hum little box a big infusion of epic cool, and we bet that's all worth it when you can take in the looks of discongruity as you blow the doors off the unsuspecting.

[Source: Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      that's pretty awesome. Would love to race some douche in a Mustang with it.

      or this one, gen2 xB v8 w/ twin turbo's! No sleeper, though.

      http://www.rx8club.com/showthread.php?t=130425
      • 7 Years Ago

      Carburetor's are good...only way to really get the good V8 rumble. The only big dumb thing I see is the vehicle he decided to crowbar that engine into.

      Dump the car, keep the engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Frylock350
        The ultimate sleeper would be Prius with a small block.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude its unique. Plus its now the ultimate sleeper :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Russell:
        "The ultimate sleeper would be Prius with a small block."

        NeutralBryan:
        "That's not a bad idea! How many people on Autoblog Green can I piss off today :)"

        That would be so awesome. I wouldn't want it to be a sleeper though I'd want it to be loud and belching smoke out huge sidepipes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HERESY!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      you guys are supposed to take the engine out of the DHL box, not leave it in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. Someone made a Scion that I'd actually willingly drive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Still ugly as hell...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Pure American muscle. LOL
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. A Scion by any other name is still a Scion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOVE... is all i can say...
      • 7 Years Ago
      No windshield wipers :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      probably snap-oversteers like crazy... but damn that must be fun
      • 7 Years Ago
      its not really a sleeper when it comes rumbling up to you at the stop light and you do a triple take and say wtf, thats awesome
      • 7 Years Ago
      DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      Me, I'm waiting for the Chevy Silverado with a Scion xB engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        oh yeah, 0 - 60 in 5 days.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah hilarious
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