A couple of weeks ago, we told you about some suspension and appearance changes for the European-market Toyota GT86 – a car that's better known as the Scion FR-S (and Subaru BRZ) here in the United States. At the time, our US contacts at Scion told us we'd have final confirmation "soon" as to whether or not these upgrades would make their way to our FR-S, and now, we have those official details.

For 2015, the FR-S features a more rigid front suspension setup, and the rear shock absorbers have been retuned, all of which has been done to reduce body roll and improve feedback. Other upgrades include a new shark-fin antenna and larger exhaust pipes that are now flush with the rear bodywork. Inside, buyers will be treated to an updated interior panel with a carbon fiber look, the addition of automatic on/off headlights, and a new key design. All of this comes at very little additional cost, with the manual transmission-equipped 2015 FR-S starting at $24,900 (not including $755 for destination) – an increase of $400.

Elsewhere in the Scion range, the tC coupe has been updated slightly for 2015. The not-as-sporty coupe now features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on automatic transmission-equipped models, and a couple of new colors are offered: Cosmic Gray and Blizzard Pearl. The 2015 tC starts at $19,210 – the same as the 2014 model.

Have a look at both new Scions in the galleries above and below, and scroll down for the official press release.
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Bolder and Better for Summer: 2015 Scion FR-S Improves Dynamics and Appearance

Extra Touches Added, New Pricing Announced, for 2015 FR-S and tC Models


TORRANCE, Calif., (May 15, 2014) – Everybody wants to look and feel their best for summer and the 2015 Scion FR-S is no exception. The new model year FR-S features enhanced tuning and improved looks while the 2015 tC sports coupe receives new colors and a sporty feature to bring on the summer fun. Both models will go on sale in early June with new manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP).

"We're happy to bring the FR-S and tC into a new model year with features and prices that will excite our customers," Scion Vice President Doug Murtha said. "These two siblings come ready for drivers to make them their own and conquer new roads wherever they go."

Scion FR-S

The FR-S is known for its outstanding dynamics, which are taken to a new level for 2015. The 2015 Scion FR-S features better handling and stability thanks to a more rigid front suspension and re-tuning of the rear shock absorbers. The improved damping results in less body roll and a more communicative driving experience.

For better aerodynamics, the smooth look of a shark-fin antenna replaces the pole antenna found in previous models. The exhaust tips are now larger and more flush with the rear bumper. Inside the vehicle, drivers will notice the addition of auto on/off headlights and an updated interior panel with a carbon fiber look, as well as a new key design.

The 2015 Scion FR-S MSRP is $24,900 with a six-speed manual transmission or $26,000 with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management® technology. Steel replaces Argento as a sleek silver color and Whiteout has been replaced by Halo, a pearl white available for an additional $395 fee.

Scion tC

Inside all 2015 tC vehicles with automatic transmissions drivers will now enjoy steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to enhance the sporty driving experience. Also for 2015 are two new colors; Cosmic Gray replaces Classic Silver and Super White has been replaced by Blizzard Pearl, which is available for an additional $395 fee.

The 2015 Scion tC MSRP is $19,210 with a six-speed manual transmission or $20,360 with a six-speed automatic transmission and Dynamic Rev Management® technology.

Scion Pricing Chart

SCION FR-S (MT) – $24,900
SCION FR-S (AT) – $26,000
SCION tC (MT) – $19,210
SCION tC (AT) – $20,360

All prices listed above exclude the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $755.


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      stevesnj
      • 7 Months Ago
      The 2015 FR-S is increased by $200 not $400 FR-S base price per Scion site (manual trans) 2013-24,700 --- 2015-24,900 + $200 2014-24,700 --- 2015-24,900 + $200
      Dennis Brennan
      • 7 Months Ago
      There are way too many negative comments here on the FRS. Most comes complaints comes from the engine and it's lack of torque. The FRS and other cars similar (Honda S2000) are all about extracting the power out of it. It takes some talent to get the FRS to go fast. Think of a Formula One engine. All the horsepower is up high at 7000 rpm in the FRS. All the fun is knowing how to use the high rev range. I don't think many of you really know how to drive this car the way it was intended to be driven. The fun factor of the car is being able to bring it to redline and not get arrested for going too fast. The handling of this car is so different (in a spectacular way) than other cars. With proper tires the car is as good and balanced as any car available today. I don't think this car does well with rough roads. I give you guys that live in those areas that. But if you live in a state or have a place where you can enjoy the pure sports car design that the FRS is.... then you may start to understand what sports cars are all about. I have a supercharged V8 car that will do 11 sec quarter mile times all day long. But I will get arrested if I get caught flooring it all the time. So that car only comes out as a second car. The FRS is my daily driver and I can floor it all day long and not worry about wrapping myself around a pole or getting a ticket. The FRS is so rewarding... sitting that low and having that screaming little 2 liter waiting for me to give it a prod. The car deserves better than the bashing it is getting. Toyota and Suburu has come together and put together a car that is a pure sports car, and they did not hold back anything designing the car. Anything. Peroid. Read about it. 2700 pounds. Enough said.
        Ron
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Dennis Brennan
        Except it is a subaru boxer and doesn't rev high, it doesn't make power, it does not have any mechanical grip (impreza suspension and chassis), and it has **** brakes. So it does not do any of the three things that all sports cars need to do: Go, Stop, and Turn. You can't compare the FRS to an F1 car which does all three of those things better than any other car made, and hell... Even f1 cars have turbos these days... The FRS is an over priced piece of ****.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Dennis Brennan
        Thanks for defending the car Dennis, though I'm afraid it's pointless to do so at this point. I adore my '13 and never once have thought that it needed more than a better stereo and stickier tires. Some people just aren't happy unless they have a ton of power, luckily there are plenty of OTHER cars for those people. The 86 is just fine for the few of us that wanted a Miata but needed a back seat.
          CarEnthusiastRTP
          • 7 Months Ago
          It's not an "86". That's just like BMW calling the new 2-series a 2002. It's not. It's marketing to try and get some sales for a car that will never be a success.
          • 7 Months Ago
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          ForcedInduction90012
          • 7 Months Ago
          The rest of the population minus the small fraction that bought one last year disagrees. Obviously, it's not a small fraction that think it needs more power. What would the harm be in giving it at least a turbocharger, but keeping the HP the same, just raising torque? It would be a vast improvement. The interior is another sore spot that should be remedied immediately.
        Brian Roos
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Dennis Brennan
        Well you kind of mentioned the problem I have with this car. It does handle really well with a great low weight (for a modern car) and excellent weight balance. However if it was intended to be driven like a Honda S2000 revved over 7000 rpm then the Subaru motor in it is a complete mismatch with its 7,400 rpm red line. The s2000 motor with its red line over 8800 rpm on the 2 liter motor and it was awesome. 7,400 rpm red line on a 2.0 liter 4 cyl is pretty lame, my american v6 mustang has a 7000 rpm red line. For the price they are asking (25k base) a high revving 4 cyl or turbo motor should be in the car. Also the S2000 produced 237hp back in 2000 from a 2.0 liter motor. 14 years later why can't Subaru and Toyota do better?
          Dennis Brennan
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Brian Roos
          Good point. I wish they would put better valve springs in the engine and raise the redline to 8500. Some guys are tuning the car to rev that high, but how long before it blows. The thing that I would like to see is a 3 liter 6 cylinder boxer with an 8500 rpm redline. No that would be an upgrade.
          ForcedInduction90012
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Brian Roos
          Jawnath1n: there is nothing regulatory that is preventing a high HP/L. This car doesn't get 45mpg. It's rated just at 30ish. Subaru could've done a lot to increase power and keep efficiency up or even further elevated from its current state.
          jawnath1n
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Brian Roos
          >>14 years later why can't Subaru and Toyota do better? Regulatory issues - Fuel Economy & Emissions. Moderns cars must be a lot cleaner. BTW, the FRS engine makes much more torque early in the RPM range than the F20C/F22C/K20 used in the Hondas mentioned in this thread. Even if it makes less peak power than the S2000, it has a much more usable powerband.
        Patrick Corcoran
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Dennis Brennan
        There are a few that cite lack of torque, but most specify power. I love high revving engines - they let you behave like you're breaking the law before you actually do. But the car you cite (S2000) has 20% more power. That's a lot. With the same bump this car would be on the table for me, and they could easily get it out of the 2.5 liter. No turbo, no massive weight bump. Same awesome chassis with a new great engine. That's not negativity, that's just my preference.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is a pure sports car for people who don't care about horsepower,torque, 0 to 60 or 1/4 mi numbers. It is all about the driving sensation, you have too be a purist to appreciate a vehicle like this.What it lacks in speed and power is something no other car has every possessed,if you need all those other things I suggest you buy another vehicle and leave to those respect the true attributes non sporting cars with those cars that suggest it....
        • 7 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
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        Jon
        • 7 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        How would a little more power without a weight penalty ruin the purity?
        Ron
        • 7 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        LOL... what a bunch of crap...
        ChrisH
        • 7 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        When you start off making an excuse for its lack of power its because it lacks power. Look, I am all about driving cars that are fun, eight years of Miata's taught me one thing, when you don't have power you just learn to never slow down. Amazing how fast you can be once you learn that trick. Still I looked at his car prior to buying a Mustang in 12; the Mustang didn't last me a year but I could not even get past the interior of the original car or the fact it made Honda's feel quiet
        ForcedInduction90012
        • 7 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        There are plenty of cars with pure driving experiences that also pack more power. 911, Cayman, Boxster all have more power - much higher quality interior, and eventhough they cost 2-10 times more (depending on model and trim), the 911 is selling better than the Br-Z. The FR-S sales are down 40% from January and Feb sales last year.
          hokkaido76
          • 7 Months Ago
          @ForcedInduction90012
          So, you are comparing this with cars that cost north of $80- $100K....... Just when you think people can't get any dumber.
        T1
        • 7 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        Wrong. A sports car should have power. If not its just a commuter. A sports car should be a capable track car but livable on the streets. You will know a proper sports car because you will be slightly scared standing next to it. So to speak. A sports car does not struggle to keep up with commuter cars.
        josbursrt4
        • 7 Months Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        The zero to 60 figures are 6.2 secs.Fast enough.
          • 7 Months Ago
          @josbursrt4
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      jawnath1n
      • 7 Months Ago
      Cue the HP/Turbo whiners.
        Patrick Corcoran
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jawnath1n
        I think you meant "cue the everyone who has reviewed this car". I actually agree on the turbo thing, but there's no reason for this not to have 230-270 HP out of a NA four while retaining the same weight it has now. It's certainly what's keeping me from parking one in my driveway.
          Patrick Corcoran
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          Nawnath1n - so you whine about the length of my response, and then write a longer one. Then you ramble on to credibility - guess what, kiddo, we're both people posting on the internet. We carry about the same weight. Finally, you aren't 'hearing' anything - you're reading responses to your own whining. No get to bed before someone tells your parents you're still on the internet on a school night.
          jawnath1n
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          'Everyone that reviewed this car', meaning the same reviewers who gave it numerous awards and positive remarks in its current state? Or do you mean 'reviewers' as in Autoblog/YouTube comments from people who only think power is important? The same keyboard racers that haven't driven anything remotely good or fast in their lives and judge car by numbers instead of how it actually drivers. Sounds like you want a Genesis coupe instead. Go buy one of those instead of complaining about a car being something that its not. This way you're happy and we're happy we won't have to listen to you anymore.
          Patrick Corcoran
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          Jawnath1n, lighten up. I've driven the BRZ and the FR-S. I liked them both, but they both also feel slower than my 06 RSX type S. Every review I've ever read seems to agree with me, at least mentioning the, at the very best, only adequate horsepower. They don't seem to be satisfied with adequate, and neither am I. In fact, despite the fact that you seem to feel that everyone agrees with you, your opinion seems to be in the minority here. Here's some advice for you - if merely reading the opinions of other people sends you into a defensive state of outrage, don't read them, and don't make idiotic comments inviting them. It will save you the trouble of being exposed to concepts and ideas that don't fit squarely into your own paradigm of the way things ought to be, and I think everyone will be happier for it.
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
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          jawnath1n
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          @Patrick Corcoran - LOL, outraged? Com'on now, you're giving yourself way too much credit. You should take your own advice, look at what you wrote, the amount of raging butthurt from your post is obvious. Your opinion doesn't bother me because you and your opinion does not matter. You have zero influence and zero credibility. You know this is true because you keep trying to cite reviews as if that makes you credible or right. But the ironic thing is that the very people you reference are the ones that provided countless praise and awards to this car in its current form. If you want something else, then go buy something else. Go buy a Mustang or Genesis if you want power. Its simple answer to a simple question. This way we can stop hearing you cry about wanting more power while the rest of the world appreciates the car for what it is.
          Matt
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Patrick Corcoran
          There's a difference between what you think of the car after reviewing it and then there's what you think after living with it for a year or two.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jawnath1n
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          DyanRucar
          • 7 Months Ago
          Shouldn't it be the Subaru fans defending the coupe? Toyota doesn't build the AS1-FHI does, at their Gunma plant nonetheless.
        CarEnthusiastRTP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jawnath1n
        QUEUE the FR-S owner(s) that preordered the car without driving it, and got one with an automatic.
      ForcedInduction90012
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why oh why won't they give us a higher performance model? The biggest complaint from perspective buyers has been the lack of power, then it's interior quality. I bet more people would overlook it's interior if it had the engine it should've always had - at least 220HP, and a turbocharged engine would do this car a great deal of added benefits. Low end torque would be on par with this car's max torque output, right past idle. I would love to see at least a detuned version of the WRX power plant. Think of how much more fun this car would be, and how many more people would consider this as a bargain 911
        ForcedInduction90012
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ForcedInduction90012
        To the geniuses that voted this down, the fact you wouldn't want a higher power FR-S and one with actually some quality on its interior speaks to your level of brain power.
        banzairx7
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ForcedInduction90012
        I own an FR-S and actually appreciate the cheap interior. It lets them put money and weight where it counts. Maybe it's because I'm a little older than the core FR-S demographic(almost 40) but the interior is worlds ahead of any thing sporty I grew up driving. I like the no frills approach. Ya and the -12 vote? There are many more posts here that deserve that attention.
      S40Powered
      • 7 Months Ago
      I drove one of this and I felt like I was driving a freaky Yaris with horrible interior materials. This car should be around $18K. What a joke.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Now how about power updates as well?
      ffelix422
      • 7 Months Ago
      Is it really special if you refuse to address the one criticism most have with it? GIVE IT SOME MORE DAM POWER!
      mosar
      • 7 Months Ago
      since Toyota unwilling to update the powertrain, what about they give it to Lotus for a rebadging exercise, let them supercharge it, retune the suspension, change the bumper, etc....then all is well...win-win for all parties
      Scooter
      • 7 Months Ago
      Sorry. No interest yet. Every dealer wants nearly $30,000 for this slow car. A car easily bested by many family sedans. A fairly newer preowned WRX with under 30k miles is easily 22k and could destroy the FRS/BRZ any place any time and offer cargo space. The pricing is simply too high for a car of this caliber. Its punk car performance at an adult price.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Scooter
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          ForcedInduction90012
          • 7 Months Ago
          That and females driving the automatic ones that are ridiculously slow. It's like Toyota asked to borrow the automatic trans from a 1992 Accent. It's the slowest shifting transmission and the gearing is so off for a car with such a lack of power and torque.
          Indubitably
          • 7 Months Ago
          So true! Always see an idiot in an FRS swerving in and out of traffic as if they're on a race track. Reminds me of the same Civic Si drivers back in 2006 when they first came out.
        jawnath1n
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        >>A fairly newer preowned WRX with under 30k miles is easily 22k and could destroy the FRS/BRZ any place any time and offer cargo space. Except then you'd be driving a WRX. And no, that's not a compliment.
          CarEnthusiastRTP
          • 7 Months Ago
          @jawnath1n
          Bahaha. You are so stupid. I would rather have a Subaru WRX badge than a Scion on my car. Screams 23 year old girl with no idea what she's doing, or 68 year old man that doesn't care he drives a 2 box POS. A WRX will ream the FR-S.
          Scooter
          • 7 Months Ago
          @jawnath1n
          I know... I mistook a KIA Rio with "rims" for a WRX the other day.
      evanee80
      • 7 Months Ago
      In other Scion news, you can still buy a 2008 xB or xD, badged as a 2014 model. Seven-year-old cars at new car prices!
      Chris Broyles
      • 7 Months Ago
      I drove my 2013 FR-S into work this morning. More power would be nice but once again power and handling are not this car's major probems. Loose vibrating trim that wont stand up to pothole roads, Dash switch gear and stereo that makes a 1980 civic seem modern. I noisy harsh engine that is out of place in this car. Considering these are the only changes coming I think this car will be out of production next recession.
        Patrick Corcoran
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Chris Broyles
        It's a shame to hear that. I honestly didn't mind the switchgear, but the NHV quality sounds like it should be better.
        banzairx7
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Chris Broyles
        My car has less 2k on it and the passenger side speaker sounds it has loose change in it at high volume. Still wouldn't want anything else.
          • 7 Months Ago
          @banzairx7
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          Chris Broyles
          • 7 Months Ago
          @banzairx7
          Unfortunately in addition to some of the design issues I have had numerous quality issues the dealer has attempted but not resolved -erratic idle - almost stalls once in a while, occasional non start (take 2 or 3 tries to get-r going), shifter rattle at some RPM's, rear decklid creaks, vibrating trim. I have owned this car for a year and now feel it will never be right. These are mostly TSB's. There are many more but these are the major annoyance that ruin what should be a great little car.
        CarEnthusiastRTP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Chris Broyles
        Indubitably, Learn how to spell wear before you start insulting someone else's post.
        Brian
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Chris Broyles
        I was somewhat following with you, but this car is not going anywhere soon. Also, the placement of the engine was a key design in this car in which they tried to get the lowest center of gravity, no? If I remember right, the FR-S has a lower CoG than the Cayman (at the time it was introduced).
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