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Lightweight Toyota GT86 spotted on Nordschleife with carbon panels, upgraded aero
Jun 25, 2014 - 7:35 PM - by Scion Forums
Filed under: Spy Photos ([url][/url]), Coupe ([url][/url]), Performance ([url][/url]), Scion ([url][/url]), Toyota ([url][/url])


We've seen (and frankly reported on) so many rumors of more powerful and performance-focused versions of the Subaru BRZ ([url][/url]), Toyota GT86 ([url][/url]) and Scion FR-S ([url][/url]) at this point that haven't materialized that, at this point, we're almost tired of them. Almost. But what we have here was enough to pique our jaded interests as only a carbon-bodied sports car on the Nürburgring ([url][/url]) could do.

What we're looking at is, well, we don't quite know, to tell you the truth. What we can tell is that it's a Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S for us) wearing new wheels and a carbon-fiber hood, roof, racing-spec rear wing and subtle lip spoiler. The vents in the hood indicate that the prototype in question could be packing an upgraded engine to go with the lighter body panels and upgraded aero, and the interior (at least as far as we can see) looks pretty well stripped out.

The right-hand drive configuration tells us this is either destined for former territories of the British Empire or for the racetrack. Considering the ride height, full glass and apparent lack of roll cage, our money's on this prototype is being developed for the Japanese Domestic Market, where Toyota ([url][/url]) badges the sports car simply as the 86. We can always hope, though, that some version makes it into Scion ([url][/url]) showrooms in North America... we just won't get our hopes up too high.Lightweight Toyota GT86 spotted on Nordschleife with carbon panels, upgraded aero ([url][/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url][/url]) on Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url][/url]).

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Cosworth announces Power Packages for Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S with up to 380 hp [w/vid
Jun 01, 2014 - 3:27 AM - by Scion Forums
Filed under: Aftermarket ([url][/url]), Coupe ([url][/url]), Performance ([url][/url]), Videos ([url][/url]), Scion ([url][/url]), Subaru ([url][/url]), Toyota ([url][/url])


Cosworth ([url][/url]) stands on the list of the most famous engine tuners in the world with its DFV engine engine dominating Formula One for a time in the '70s. So when it teases plans ([url][/url]) to take on the FA20 engine from Subaru ([url][/url]) and Toyota ([url][/url]) found in the BRZ ([url][/url]), Scion FR-S ([url][/url]) and Toyota GT86 ([url][/url]) abroad, our interest is indeed piqued. Cosworth is promising to take the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine from its current 200 horsepower all the way to 325 hp and even 380 hp in a future track version through a series of staged Power Packages. At the moment, only the first stage is available that takes the mill to a potent 230 hp.

Cosworth says that its new strategy is to offer its upgrades in kits rather than individually so that it can be sure that everything works and fits when owners receive it. The Stage 1 Power Package emphasizes helping the FA20 breathe better and includes a nearly complete replacement for the stock exhaust system. There is a sports exhaust with four-inch, diagonally cut, polished tips and Y-shaped muffler, an overpipe front pipe with a spherical resonator and a new manifold header that is 22 percent lighter the standard unit. In addition to that, the kit comes with a software reflash, low temperature thermostat, Cosworth badge and plaque.

The stage one kit is available now, and stages two and three go on sale later this summer, according to its website ([url][/url]). Autoblog contacted Cosworth for pricing information for the kits. We will update this story, if we hear back. The company also released a video showing off the exhaust upgrades. Scroll down ([url][/url]) to watch it and read the full release, below.Continue reading Cosworth announces Power Packages for Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S with up to 380 hp [w/video] ([url][/url])

Cosworth announces Power Packages for Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S with up to 380 hp [w/video] ([url][/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url][/url]) on Sat, 31 May 2014 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url][/url]).

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Cosworth teases upgrades for Subaru BRZ
May 19, 2014 - 9:59 PM - by Scion Forums
Filed under: Aftermarket ([url][/url]), Coupe ([url][/url]), Performance ([url][/url]), Scion ([url][/url]), Subaru ([url][/url]), Toyota ([url][/url])


Subaru ([url][/url]) may or may not produce an STI ([url][/url]) version of the BRZ ([url][/url]). Things seem to go back and forth on the subject. But Subaru Tecnica International isn't the only company with a history of tuning Subies. So does Cosworth ([url][/url]), and now the British racing firm appears to be turning its attention to the BRZ and its Toyota- and Scion-badged siblings.

For those unacquainted, Cosworth is more than your average tuning company. It's a racing firm first and foremost, having made F1 engines under its own name as well as Ford's (chief among them the all-conquering DFV 3.0-liter V8 of 1960s and 70s fame), not to mention engines for Indy, rally and even high-performance, road-going versions of the Ford Sierra ([url][/url]), Chevy Vega ([url][/url]) and Mercedes 190E ([url][/url]). The list goes on and on, but you get the point.

Now withdrawing from Formula One ([url][/url]), Cosworth is focusing its attention on tuning road cars again with the launch of the Cosworth Power Package line, the first of which will focus on the Toyota GT86 (aka Scion FR-S ([url][/url])) and Subaru BRZ. We don't know just yet what will be included in the packaged dubbed FA-20, but from the video teaser below, it seems there'll be upgrades to the exhaust, suspension, aero and - if we're lucky - maybe a super- or turbocharger for the 2.0-liter flat-four engine. We'll have to wait and see, but we get the feeling that with Cosworth on the job, it'll be worth the wait. Check out the minute-long video below ([url][/url]) in the meantime.Continue reading Cosworth teases upgrades for Subaru BRZ ([url][/url])

Cosworth teases upgrades for Subaru BRZ ([url][/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url][/url]) on Mon, 19 May 2014 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url][/url]).

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2015 Scion FR-S gets suspension, appearance enhancements
May 16, 2014 - 7:08 PM - by Scion Forums
Filed under: Coupe ([url][/url]), Performance ([url][/url]), Scion ([url][/url])


A couple of weeks ago, we told you about some suspension and appearance changes ([url][/url]) for the European-market Toyota GT86 ([url][/url]) - a car that's better known as the Scion FR-S ([url][/url]) (and Subaru BRZ ([url][/url])) here in the United States. At the time, our US contacts at Scion ([url][/url]) 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 ([url][/url]) 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 ([url][/url]) for the official press release.Continue reading 2015 Scion FR-S gets suspension, appearance enhancements ([url][/url])

2015 Scion FR-S gets suspension, appearance enhancements ([url][/url]) originally appeared on Autoblog ([url][/url]) on Thu, 15 May 2014 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds ([url][/url]).

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2014 Scion tC
May 15, 2014 - 2:28 PM - by Scion Forums
Filed under: Hatchback ([url][/url]), Scion ([url][/url]), Quick Spins ([url][/url])


Once upon a time, the Scion ([url][/url]) brand sought to bring more youthful buyers into the Toyota ([url][/url]) stable. In the early 2000s, Scion launched with its plucky xA ([url][/url]) and xB ([url][/url]) hatchbacks, and a lot of people bought into its affordable, customizable, funky lineup - myself included. I was once the proud owner of a 2006 xB, and though the box-on-wheels wasn't really a proper enthusiast machine by any means, I loved its unique driving dynamics, clever packaging and fresh style.

Following those two hatches, Scion released its tC ([url][/url]) coupe - a modestly sporty little thing that stayed true to the brand's core values of being affordable, neat-looking and endlessly customizable. People really dug the first-generation tC, and with good reason - it offered a bit more personality than a comparable Honda Civic Coupe ([url][/url]), effectively the only other two-door compact then on the market from Japan. And for folks who wanted a sporty, low-cost two-door, the tC was a pretty decent buy.

But then Scion changed. The xA was killed and the comparatively frumpy xD ([url][/url]) bowed as its replacement. The xB was totally renewed, but it got bigger, heavier and less attractive in the process. And then after a few years of standing idle (will we ever see xD/xB replacements? ([url][/url])), Toyota birthed the Scion FR-S ([url][/url]) - a properly sporty, enthusiast-minded rear-drive coupe created with the help of Subaru ([url][/url]). I really dig the FR-S - if I had to buy something from the Toyota/Lexus ([url][/url] stable, it's easily the car I'd want. But by offering a properly good two-door package with its new coupe, where has that left the older, front-drive tC?

The tC was still the best-selling Scion in 2013, but at 19,094 units, its deliveries were only slightly better than the newer FR-S, which rang up 18,327 sales. Toyota has given the tC a modest refresh for 2014, so I spent a week with one to see whether or not there's still real merit to the original Scion coupe, or if it's already reaching has-been status.

Driving Notes
  • The tC isn't a bad car to drive - let me make that clear right from the get-go. No, it doesn't offer the perfect weight distribution, excellent chassis tuning and great steering of the FR-S, but really, it's still good fun. Allow me to explain.
  • Under the hood is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque - plenty of grunt for this 3,082-pound coupe. My tester came with a six-speed manual transmission, controlled by a linear, nicely weighted clutch and a shifter that offers decently crisp throws that could be a bit shorter. The tC has no problem getting up and going, and the transmission makes it easy to keep the engine on boil. It may have less power than the FR-S, but the 2.5-liter engine offers more torque, and that's really noticeable off the line.
  • The suspension is tuned for easy, daily-driver fun - while not as feedback-heavy as the FR-S, it's certainly not a washy setup. There isn't much in the way of body roll, and for longer trips on the highway, I found the tC to be a more pleasant cruiser than the more taut FR-S.
  • Steering tuning is okay, with a relatively dead on-center feel that picks up weight while turning. Again, it isn't FR-S good (it's hardly a fair comparison given the different drive axles) but take that car out of the picture, and the tC still offers some of the best steering weighting and feedback in the entire Toyota stable.
  • For my money, this car is still better to tool around in than a two-door Honda Civic ([url][/url]), and the optional TRD exhaust ($699) adds a muffled growl to the package. In times where the involvement-above-all FR-S can get a little jarring and old, the tC makes up for it by being more comfortable and more laid-back. I'm not sure that's a sacrifice I'd be willing to make every day, but I can certainly see why less-enthusiast-oriented drivers would.
  • The tC still
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