• Apr 20th 2011 at 9:49AM
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Scion FR-S Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Toyota FT-86 is continuing its long, painful march towards production at the 2011 New York Auto Show. As previously rumored, the rear-wheel drive wonder may sail under the Scion badge if and when it actually shows up on dealer lots, at least that's what Toyota seems to be hinting at with this latest concept car. Photos of the Scion-badged FR-S Concept have leaked their way to the interwebs ahead of the vehicle's debut later today. From the looks of things, the newest concept is a slightly more subdued version of the FT-86 II Concept we saw under the lights at Geneva. Those ridiculous LED accents have been stripped from the nose and the front fascia no longer looks as if it were lifted from the Buddy Club catalog. (Note to Toyota: We would have been perfectly happy seeing the original concept on the road as a production model.)

Unfortunately, there still appears to be an awful lot of concept floating around this machine. Note the ridiculously large wheels, bizarre door handle placement, miniscule side mirrors and Transformer-inspired rear valance. Given that entire star systems have been born, flourished and imploded on themselves since the FT-86 first bowed at the Tokyo Motor Show way back in 2009, we can only stand so many more concept unveils before we write this car off as all smoke and mirrors. That, or by the time the production car finally goes on sale, perhaps it'll arrive at dealers with a mid-cycle refresh.

  • Scion FR-S Concept front

  • Scion FR-S Concept rear

[Source: SpeedHunters]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      >>"Given that entire star systems have been born, flourished and imploded on themselves since the FT-86 first bowed at the Tokyo Motor Show way back in 2009, " Er.. what. Seems like a normal concept to production timeline to me: Chevy Volt was first shown in 2007 and still isn't being sold in large volume. The 5th gen Chevy Camaro was shown in concept form in 2006 (rumored since the 4th gen ended), and didn't hit production till mid-2009 as a 2010 model. The first GTR concept was shown in 2001 didn't make production until 2007 (Japan). Hell, even the Hyundai Genesis first started life as the HCD7 concept is 2002, didn't make production until late 2008 in the US. The FT86 was shown in November 2009, its been less than 1.5 years since the concept was shown. Apparently, Autoblog isn't filled with automotive experts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, how friggin' impatient are you guys? Do you have any attention span at all or do you just get distracted every time you see a shiny object? Let's see: 2009 was about 3.5 years ago. That was a nonrunning styling prototype. It takes about 4-5 years (OMG!!!) to engineer a car, test it, build prototypes, troubleshoot, tool up factories, rope in the necessary suppliers and provide them specs, and get the car to market. So are you seriously surprised we're about 6-12 months from seeing it on the roads? That's how long EVERY car takes to get to market, so Zach Bowman needs to load up on some Adderall and chill out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How many times did we see concepts/spyshots of the MINI Clubman before it finally hit the streets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Compared to the new 2012 Honda Civic, this thing is Angela Jolie. Sign me up and make mine in black.
      Keith Rogers
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's something about the Scion version that makes it look much more attractive than the FT-86 II. The FR-S is far more sexy than the FT-86 II, which looks like a dated 90's concept car.
      Jeffrey Smith
      • 4 Years Ago
      That thing looks sweet. I am on the sideline about the big mouth grill, but its the first back end of a car I have really like in a long time. I hope they try to maintain this through the production but I am doubtful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see the completely watered down production model, neutered by the uptight Japanese brass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. How much won't the production model look anything like this. Let's see an opposite Photoshop. Change the 20" rims to 17", add 10" of ground clearance, make the roofline higher and put real side mirrors on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this...and for all those who want it to wear a toyota badge...just spend a couple bucks afterward and swap the badge...
      Mitch Cierniewski
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog... I love AND hate you. These photos and this design is 100 x better than the original so as far as your "opinion" goes, from here on out its completely useless and counts for less than nothing... Other than that, keep up the great work and TOYOTA BUILD THIS CAR!!! Keep it light weight (2800lbs or less) and with 250hp + and BUYERS WILL COME!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kevin Baker
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now THAT'S a scion i could buy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fooking gorgeous pat
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like they didn't ruin it! I'm glad that the front bumper was tamed down just a hair, and yet the rest of the body looks pretty darn good. Now lets see the Subaru version!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      God dammm that looks good. Just build the frickin thing already. Im starting to see some of that new scion TC rear flank trickling down into the design. I'm also really diggin the red here. Ill take on in white though. If this thing has at least 220 hp and is under 25,000 I,m so in.
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