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2013 Scion FR-S

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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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    New York: Scion announces FR-S Release Series 1.0 in New York
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    In the market for a Scion FR-S (or Subaru BRZ), but don't want the same one your neighbor's got? Scion has good news for you. At the New York Auto Show today, the Japanese automaker has announced the availability of this FR-S Release Series 1.0. As the first Release Series FR-S (the aging xB is debuting its tenth alongside it), this special edition has ...

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    Official: Automobile Magazine releases 2014 All-Stars List
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    You never know exactly when it's going to come, but you know that it's going to come, and the Automobile Magazine list of All-Stars is here. Six of the cars that were on the 2013 list have survived into 2014, just two have made the leap from the 2012 roundup, and there are three common names with the 2011 ranking. The only 'two' cars to show up in all of ...

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    Official: Toyota 86 gets PlayStation-based telemetry system in Japan [w/video]
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    Part of the fun in taking your sports car to the racetrack is going over your telemetry and seeing how you did from one corner to the next. We've seen a variety of these onboard systems at work – with the Performance Data Recorder on the Corvette Stingray emerging as one of the latest and most advanced – but Toyota is taking things a step ...

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    Podcast: Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #369 LIVE!
    2015 Porsche Macan Turbo, Scion FR-S and Toyota GT86 sales, Ford Sync going to QNX, Head-Up Displays 1393278300

    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #369 this evening, and you can check out the topics below, or drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern ...

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    Report: Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S sales disappointing worldwide?
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    Okay, folks – it appears we've got a problem. The Toyota GT86, Europe's counterpart to our own beloved Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S coupes, is apparently not selling too well. This, according to Toyota's European Vice President of Research and Development, Gerald Killman, is what's limiting plans for additional variants of the rear-drive coupe. "A ...

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    Report: Scion trying to build business case for FR-S convertible as Subaru bows out
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    Hope may remain for a convertible version of the Scion FR-S, according to a report from Ward's Auto. You'll recall that rumors were swirling about the feasibility of a rear-drive Toyobaru convertible as early as October, and that back in November, Subaru – which makes the FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 – essentially nixed the idea of an ...

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    Detroit: 2014 Scion FR-S and tC Monogram Series are some spruced coupes
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    Scion is in the unusual position of offering a pair of inexpensive sports two-doors, the rear-drive FR-S coupe and the front-drive tC hatchback. Despite offering outwardly similar size and form factors, the two have vastly different characters, chiefly because of their different drivetrain philosophies. One area of commonality, however, is that both ...

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    Official: Scion Monogram Series luxes up FR-S, tC
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    Scion has had plenty of practice launching limited-edition versions of its cars, but the brand's ultimate special line is its recently introduced Monogram Series. First offered on the iQ last year, Scion is now adding this premium equipment package to the 2014 FR-S and tC, and both cars will be hitting the stage at the Detroit Auto Show next week. The ...

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    Teased: Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video]
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    Gazoo Racing has teased a new take on the Toyota GT86 (our Scion FR-S) that it is bringing to next week's Tokyo Auto Salon. Having only posted a picture of the coupe's rear wing and backlight on its Facebook page, we have no idea what the rest of the concept will offer. If last year's introduction is any guide, there should be plenty more bodykit and ...

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    Tokyo: Toyota FT-86 Open Concept leaves us feeling flushed
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    When last we checked in on our topless would-be hero, the Toyota FT-86 convertible had been reportedly placed on "indefinite hold." That was back in early October, not long after Toyota had trotted out the rear-wheel-drive canvasback to Scion dealers as a possible future product carrot if they decided not to turn in their franchises. And yet, we're here ...

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    SEMA: Scion's SEMA show cars display tuner creativity [w/videos]
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    Scion brought four FR-S concepts to SEMA this year and one xB concept, while another three Scion tCs were brought to the show by three different shops that are competing in Scion's Tuner Challenge. The modified Scions range from mild to insane, and show how popular they are in the tuner world. The Tuner Challenge teams brought unique creations to SEMA, ...

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    SEMA: 2013 SEMA Awards go to same four vehicles as last year
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    The winners of the 2013 SEMA Awards have been announced, and, well, the group is identical to the winners of the 2012 Awards. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, while the Scion FR-S earned honors for Hottest Sport Compact. In the heavy machinery classes, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler captured the Hottest 4x4-SUV crown. All ...

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    Report: Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept
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    Typically, when the organizers of an auto show reveal that a new car will debut at their show, we take notice. But this particular claim from the Dubai International Motor Show ought to be taken with a grain of salt. As our compatriots at AutoGuide discovered, the Facebook page for the Emirates auto expo includes a post with an interesting claim: that a ...

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    Official: Scion reveals SEMA concepts, Tuner Challenge finalists
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    Scion has become something of a tuner favorite, so it's only fitting that Toyota's youth-oriented brand have an array of show cars ready for SEMA each year. And this year will be no exception. Scion itself is bringing five cars to SEMA this year, and as you might expect, they're mostly based on the FR-S. There's a black one done in partnership with DJ ...

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    Report: Nissan exec Andy Palmer derides Toyobaru coupes as 'midlife crisis' cars
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    Andy Palmer, Nissan's executive vice president, does not like the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. To us, that's like saying you enjoy barbecuing puppies, but we'll let him slide, because his statements about the Toyobaru twins are much, much more than just idle trash talk. Speaking to Motor Trend's Nate Martinez, Palmer said, "Do we have any competitors [in ...

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    Report: Scion to offer redesigned xB for 2015, FR-S sedan in 2016?
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    The future of the Scion brand remains up in the air, with a report from a few weeks back that Toyota dealers with attached Scion franchises could drop the youth-minded brand without penalty, rarely a good sign. That report was contrasted, though, with a story out of Australia that claimed we'd see a four-door sedan based on the splendid FR-S's overseas ...

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    Rumormill: Toyota to offer sedan version of GT 86?
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    Sources in Australia are reporting that we'll be seeing a small, rear-drive sedan from Toyota, based on the GT 86/Scion FR-S. Yes, a convertible variant is still in limbo, but a four-door sedan is in the works. It's unclear if the rumored GT 86 sedan would spawn Scion and Subaru variants (it's hard to cross all ten fingers while you type, but we're having ...

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    Report: Toyota GT86 convertible on 'indefinite hold'
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    Bad news, sportscar fans. According to a new report from What Car?, Toyota has cancelled plans to produce a GT86 convertible, a model based on the FT-86 Open Concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. In truth, Toyota never actually confirmed it would produce the budget-friendly droptop in the first place, but rumors have been flying since last ...

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    Report: Despite slow sales, no new Scion models in near-term pipeline [w/poll]
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    According to a top Toyota executive, the Japanese automaker will not be introducing any fresh Scion models in the near future, Reuters reports. As of August, Scion sales for this year were down 1.6 percent from 2012 and accounted for only 0.3 percent of Toyota's overall US sales. And last month, Toyota Motor Sales USA Senior Vice President Bob Carter ...

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    Official: 2014 Scion FR-S gets price increase, knee cushions [w/video]
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    There's not a lot of breathing room between the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ – the two rear-drive coupes are about as close to badge-engineered as the auto industry gets in this day and age. In this case, that's not a terrible thing, though, since they're both so engaging to drive, but it does make for interesting comparisons when it comes to ...

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