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2013 Scion FR-S

The New Poster Child For Cheap Thrills Let me tell you about a man named Larry. Larry works for a company called STI Fleet Services, one of a few companies that are responsible for the cleaning, prepping, maintaining, scheduling, delivering and picking up of the cars we test on a weekly basis, not to mention a whole slew of other duties. STI and its competitors are the silent heroes of this whole automotive journalism biz. Larry is one of the guys responsible for a lot of the grunt work – he's been delivering cars to me for nearly seven years now, and because of that, we've... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L Boxer-Four
Power:
200 HP / 151 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$25,255 (as tested)
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    Video: Toyota GT86 fails moose test in spectacular fashion
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    Much has been made about the Moose Test as of late. The evasive maneuver test popularized by Swedish safety experts is meant to simulate a driver unexpectedly encountering and attempting to avoid one of these majestic furry beasts. The test is performed by executing a split-second emergency lane change to determine if the vehicle can maintain ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi denies plans for Toyota/Subaru rival sports coupe
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    Forgive us for being wistful, but there was a time when Mitsubishi coupes and sports cars were the downright awesome. The 1990s brought us the all-wheel drive, turbocharged Eclipse GSX and the twin-turbocharged 3000GT VR-4 (seen here). The times, they were good. Fast-forward to today, and the Lancer Evolution exists as Mitsubishi's sole, true performance ...

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    Report: Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ rough idle issues require ECU reflash
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    The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S have been struck by a minor gremlin, but the repair is turning into an episode that ends with "Stay Tuned" rather than a definite conclusion. Automotive News reports that a software mapping hiccup can cause the adaptive engine ECU to get out of whack with the engine, which can, in turn, cause rough idling and ...

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    Paris: Toyota GT86 TRD boasts added performance gear, industry-first door stabilizer
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    We haven't stopped swooning over the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins and their corner-carving magic. For those overseas who enjoy the rear-drive coupe under the Toyota name as the GT86, things just got a little corner-carve-ier. This GT86 TRD is everyone's favorite rear-drive, boxer-engined Toyota, albeit fitted with a full selection of Toyota Racing ...

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    Video: Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion?
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    Toyota, now all about getting its groove back, changed its ad slogan to "Let's Go Places." Scion, meanwhile, advertises the FR-S (Toyota 86) around the world with drift-happy regional launch videos and, in the UK, scenes of dystopian breakout. But in this corner of the world, before Scion went mature, we remember when it had hip, DJ-driven spots with ...

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    Video: Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid
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    The Toyota GT 86 has been one of the brand's video stars this year, gobbling up millions of frames as it makes friends in each new land. The story is no different in the Philippines, where a troupe of GT 86 coupes starred in a precision driving and drifting display at an airfield. Put together by Toyota Philippines, the video was helmed by Sid Maderazo, ...

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    Video: Consumer Reports cuts loose, compares Scion FR-S against Subaru BRZ
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    The folks at Consumer Reports are a lot like the Ben Steins of the automotive world. At first glance, they are the dry-as-saltines, facts-only crew that can't be bothered by anything but the empirical data with which they distill to arrive at their coveted "Recommended" accolades. It isn't always this way with CR, though, as we found out when they hopped ...

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    Video: UK Toyota GT86 busts out of a Dystopian future
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    Everybody loves a good dystopian story, right? From classics like Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 to modern works like The Hunger Games, people are fascinated by the imaginative tales of a future society beset by the decidedly unfortunate consequences of human activity. Someone in Toyota's UK marketing team has been ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #294
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    Buyers like tech, Diesel on the upswing, Hondas getting new engines, more CVTs Episode #294 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week Dan is joined by Steven Ewing, Autoblog Executive Editor Chris Paukert, and new guy George Kennedy. Topics the popularity of often-confusing technology among buyers, a small-scale diesel renaissance, and Honda getting ...

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    Video: Boss 302 and Camaro ZL1 headline Forza Motorsport's August Car Pack
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    Once upon a not so long ago, I owned a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III. If the cruiser from the B52's infamous "Love Shack" really was as big as a whale, the Conti was the ocean in which that mighty Chrysler swam. I held the title for roughly 13 years, and in that time, I got the car sideways exactly once. Now, I was certainly no newcomer to ass-out ...

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    Official: Toyota GT86 to make British motorsport debut in Britcar 24 Hours wearing AE86 livery [w/video]
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    If you liked the Martini Racing Porsche 918 Spyder we just brought you, then you ought to dig this, too. Toyota is bringing back its Team Toyota GB livery for the GT 86 entry into the Britcar 24 Hours. Unlike the the classically decorated 918, we can confirm that the so-hot-right-now Toyota coupe will actually be racing. The livery harkens back to the ...

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    Official: Stillen wants you to design its FR-S body kit
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    There is little doubt that the darling of this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas will be the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins. Stillen is one of many aftermarket tuners hoping to capitalize on the popularity of these two cars, and, in addition to developing performance parts like a cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust, big brake kit and sway bars, will reveal its ...

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    Motorsports: Toyota launches Emirates drift team with new 86 video
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    Toyota drifted an FT-86 all over United Arab Emirates roads when the coupe was launched there last month, and now it's doing it again. 27-year-old Ahmed Omran Al-Amri is the two-time drift championship winner as part of the Emirates Drift Team in his native UAE, and he has used a turbocharged, 570-horsepower Toyota Soarer (our Lexus SC) as his ride to ...

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    Report: Subaru BRZ gets early sales incentives as cheaper Scion FRS outsells it
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    If you've tried to weasel your way into a Subaru BRZ for a test drive lately, you likely know just how hard it is to get your hands on one of the machines. The rear-wheel-drive coupes are flying off of dealer lots as quickly as they arrive, but according to USA Today, a spot of sibling rivalry has pushed Subaru to offer a small incentive on the BRZ ...

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    Video: Scion explains the FR-S coupe's limited-slip differential
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    There's no shame in not knowing what a limited slip differential is. After all, every budding car guy has a first time trying to parse Brian Beckman's The Physics of Racing. (And many of us still don't understand the entirety of it after multiple perusals.) So if you're trying to wrap your mind around just what this Torsen thing is, there's no excuse for ...

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    Report: Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S lead list of fastest-selling cars
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    Subaru and Scion dealers are having no trouble finding homes for BRZ and FR-S models. The sport coupes are ranked one and two on the list of cars that spend the fewest days on dealer lots. According to Edmunds, the BRZ takes just four days to turn, followed by the FR-S at five days. On average, it takes dealers 53 days to move new models. Both machines ...

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    Video: 2013 Scion FR-S finds its way into Jay Leno's Garage
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    Jay Leno has finally gotten around to getting his hands on the Scion FR-S. The latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage is all about the new low-buck sports car from Toyota. Jack Hollis, the vice president and General Manager of Scion, stops in to give the TV personality a full walk-around of the 200-horsepower coupe. While Leno's collection includes every ...

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    Report: Scion FR-S faces teething problems, owner's manual recall
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    The Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ triplets are being recalled due to an issue not with the car, but with the owner's manual: pages detailing the operation of the smart airbags contain a misprint. Although it's classified as a recall, owners don't need to take their cars to their dealers; Scion and Subaru will be sending the nearly 2,800 owners ...

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    Video: Scion gets sideways with first FR-S commercial
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    So there we were last night, quietly minding our own middle-class American business in a middle-class American restaurant chain when the first 2013 Scion FR-S commercial stormed in on one of the establishment's many televisions. And we do mean stormed in – the audio was noticeably louder than the other ads that bookended it. That was just fine by ...

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    Report: Toyota open to new joint ventures after sports car success with Subaru
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    It's pretty safe to say that the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ joint venture has been quite a success so far. Here at Autoblog, we've had nothing but nice things to say about the Toyobaru coupe, and it's a similar story elsewhere in the automotive press. Toyota has certainly been keeping track of the car's progress, and because of the success of ...

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