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2013 Scion FR-S priced from $24,200

2013 Scion FR-S

Scheduled to go on sale this spring in the United States, the 2013 Scion FR-S will have a base price of $24,000. As you probably know, this is essentially a rebadged variant of the Toyota GT 86, and it will ride on 17-inch alloys. As you can see, it has a very aggressive styling while inside the cabin it features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats, along with an 8-speaker Pioneer audio system that offers Bluetooth connectivity.

2013 Scion FR-S

Under the hood of the FR-S is going to be a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter boxer engine that is capable of developing 200 hp (203 PS / 149 kW) and a maximum torque of 151 lb.-ft (205 Nm). This engine is mated to a 6-speded manual transmission, while for more money clients can opt for the 6-speed automatic gearbox. Those 200 ponies are sent to the rear wheels with the help of a Torsen limited-slip differential, regardless of the chosen gearbox.

2013 Scion FR-S

Source: Scion via WCF

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Scion FR-S goes official

Scion FR-S

After Toyota launched the GT 86 and Subaru the BRZ model, Scion has done that same thing with its FR-S model, which looks almost the same as the GT 86. Under its hood there’s the same mechanical hardware and layout, including here the 2.0-liter Subaru-sourced, horizontally-opposed engine and Toyota’s D-4S injection system that sports both direct and port injection.

Scion FR-S

This naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine unleashed 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft, and can be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels. As standard, the car will ride on 17-inch alloys and it will have ventilated disc brakes on all four corners.

Scion FR-S

Source: Scion via Carscoop

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Texas State Fair – 2012 Scion xD RS 4.0 & xB RS 9.0

Scion xD RS 4.0

Scion brought to this year’s State Fair of Texas two limited edition models as part of its “RS” lineup based on the 2012 xB and xD. Both of these models are scheduled to arrive in the showrooms next month.

Scion xD RS 4.0

The Scion xD RS 4.0 will be available with only a Blizzard Pearl exterior paint and rides on 16-inch alloys in a smoked platinum color. Scion mentioned that they plan on making only 800 units of this model and it will cost from $16,980 for the model fitted with the manual gearbox while the one that has an automatic transmission will cost from $17,780. Both price tags include the $730 delivery and handling charges.

Scion xB RS 9.0

As for the xB RS 9.0, it wears an attractive Hot Lava paint finish and a honeycomb patterned lower grille where they’ve put the company’s name, along with a cool system that can illuminate the front & rear badges once you lock or unlock the vehicle. Inside the cabin you shall find perforated synthetic suede front + rear seat covers that have an embossed “Scion” logo as well as Hot Lava color-tuned highlights.

Scion xB RS 9.0

The Japanese automaker plans on producing only 1,500 units and prices will start from $18,840 (manual) and $19,790 (automatic), both include the $730 delivery and handling fees.

The company also mentioned that all of the 2012MY will get as standard a Pioneer audio system that packs Bluetooth hands-free, HD Radio technology and Bluetooth streaming audio.

Source: Scion via Carscoop

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2012 Scion iQ, Available From $15,995

2012 Scion iQ

The new 2012 Scion iQ is out, the U.S.-spec Toyota iQ which has been on sale in Europe and Japan since 2009. In the United States, the car has a base price of $15,995, including the destination charges. The delay of the model was caused by the tsunami disasters that struck Japan a few months ago as well as because of a holdup that occurred during the testing of several prototypes on public roads.

2012 Scion iQ

Customers will have to settle for the 4-cylinder, 1.3-liter engine as there isn’t another one available. This power unit produces 90 hp and it will be mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission). As standard, the car comes with Pandora, but it still is quite pricey taking into consideration its small dimensions.

2012 Scion iQ

For roughly the same money, you can get the funky Fiat 500 which will set you back $15,500. If you’re willing to pay a little bit more, you might want to opt for the Ford Fiesta that has a base price of $16,295. In addition, you have two attractive alternatives, like the even smaller Smart ForTwo, priced from $11,990 of the recently introduced Nissan Versa that costs $13,520.

2012 Scion iQ

The first customers who will be receiving the 2012 Scion iQ will be the ones living on the West Coast. Deliveries start this October and those living on the East Coast as well as in the Southern states will have to wait until January to get their cars. For the mid-West area, you’ll have to wait a little bit more.

Source: Auto Week

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Scion tC Series 7.0 Commercial – even Zeus has a female Muse Assistant

The new campaign for the 2012 Scion tC Series 7.0 came with a new concept, placing the car in the world of Mount Olympus and its fabulous mythology. The endorser? Zeus himself! And he is not alone: a sweet sexy lady assists him, even if this means to lie provocative on the roof of the car.

As about the technical side, the car features a red button for “Engine Start”, a bone-obliterating stereo and body-color accents on the inside. To this could be added the gloss black 17-inch wheels and the Series 7.0-only yellow-orange paint.

You can enjoy the commercial on the video below:

What do you think about the idea of the commercial? How about the lady?

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Preview – 2011 Chicago Auto Show PART 3

Welcome back to the third and final part of our extensive article about the most important cars that will delight us at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Let’s start with Land Rover and their Range Rover Evoque.

2012 Land Rover Evoque

The car will be available in 2-door and 4-door variants, both of them featuring the same engine, which will be a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged that outputs 240 hp, linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Evoque will come with an all-wheel drive system as well as the company’s new Terrain Response System.

2011 Lexus CT 200h

One of my personal favorites, Lexus, will bring the CT 200h which is a 4-door / 5-passenger hybrid hatchback, featuring a conventional 4-cylinder 1.8-liter gasoline engine and a battery-powered electric motor, both of them offering a combined power of 134 hp. The new C200h will use a CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission and can run on one or both of the power sources (without having to charge it).

2012 Mercedes SLK

Mercedes will be heading out to Chicago where they will have three new production models: the beautiful 2012 SLK, the 2012 CLS and the 2012 C-Class. We’ve talked about the SLK on rpmGO.com before; it will be available in two variants: the SLK250 and the SLK350. The entry-level model will be fitted with a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter that outputs 201 hp, linked to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The SLK350 is going to have a more powerful V6 3.5-liter engine, good for 302 hp. This model will be available with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The CLS will be available in two models: CLS550 and the AMG CLS63. The first one has a V8 4.7-liter turbocharged engine that outputs 402 hp while the other comes with a V8 5.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 518 hp. The CLS550 has a 7-speed automatic gearbox while the CLS630 AMG will get a 7-speed automated manual gearbox.

The 2012 C250 will be offered in two trim levels: Luxury and Sport, both of them featuring a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter unit that churns 201 hp. The C300 will have the same trim levels, but it will be equipped with a V6 3.0-liter engine, good for 228 hp. The C350 will have the same engine, but this time it will output 302 hp. The high-end model will be the AMG version C63 which will most likely come with a V8 6.2-liter that outputs 451 hp.

2011 Mini Countryman

Mini will be bringing their 2011 Countryman, which will be the first four full-sized doors Mini model sold in the United States. The car will be available in two trim levels: Base and S. The entry-level will get a 4-cylinder 1.6-engine that churns 120 hp while the high-end variant will feature a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter that produces 180 hp. Both of the models will get front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi will show us their Outlander Sport model which will be available in two trim levels: ES and SE. Both of the versions will pack a front-wheel drive system and a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter that outputs 148 hp. The ES will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the SE will get a CVT transmission and steering-wheel paddles for manual changing.

2011 Nissan Juke

Another Japanese automaker that will be heading out to Chicago this year will be Nissan with three models: the award-winning Leaf, the funky Juke and the sporty 2012 GT-R. We talked about the Leaf thousands of times, but here is a small presentation. The car will be available with two trims levels – SV and SL. Both of them will have the same lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that outputs 107 hp. It can be charged at either a 110-volt or a 220-volt outlet. For the first type it will need 20 hours while for the second type it will need only 8 hours.

Porsche Cayman R

The guys over at Porsche will be bringing their 2012 Cayman R. This two-seater sports coupe will come with the third and newest trim, dubbed “R”. Unlike the entry-level trim or the S mode, the R has a 6-cylinder 3.4-liter power unit that outputs 330 hp, linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. It is also available with an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.

2011 Scion iQ

If you can’t afford the Aston Martin Cygnet, the next best thing is the Scion iQ. Featuring a 4-cylinder 1.3-liter engine that outputs 90 hp, this certainly won’t be the most powerful car at the Chicago Auto Show.

Scion will also be bringing the 2011 tC 2-door hatchback coupe which will be fitted with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder power unit that cranks up 180 hp, mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Toyota Prius v

Scion will not be going to Chicago without its parent company Toyota. Despite the fact that the Japanese automaker is the largest manufacturer in the world, they will be bringing only one model here (one that they already took to Detroit) – 2012 Prius v. The heart of the car will be a conventional 1.8-liter gasoline engine which will be paired with a battery-powered electric motor. The combined power will be 134 hp.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

The German automaker Volkswagen will be heading out to Chicago with the recently-launched 2012 Passat and the 2012 Eos. Presented first at Detroit, the Passat will be available in three different trim levels: S, SE and SEL. Engine options include the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter unit with 140 hp, 5-cylinder 2.5-liter with 170 hp and the high-end V6 3.6-liter with 280 ponies. The diesels will be available with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automated-manual gearbox. The 5-cylinder 2.5-liter will get either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The V6 engine will be fitted with a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.

The EOS will come with a power-retractable hardtop with an integrated sunroof. Under the hood it will feature a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter that produces 200 hp, mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission.

2011 Volvo S60

Sweden will be represented at Chicago by Volvo with their sexy 2011 S60 model. This premium-midsize car will benefit from a 6-cylinder 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that will produce 300 hp and will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. At first, the car will be available in one single trim level, the T6. Later on this year, the Swedish automaker will be introducing the T6 R-Design which should be a real looker.

These are the most important cars that will be presented at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Some of them you might have already seen while others are a premiere (not many unfortunately).  From February 9th to February 20th, the automotive capital of the world will be Chicago. Next month we will have another important auto show to review at Geneva. Stay tuned for a comprehensive coverage.

PS: Part 1 and 2 of the article are here and here. Enjoy the reading.

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Scion tC might get TRD performance version next year

Scion tC might get TRD performance version next year

The 2011 Scion tC is a pretty interesting model, delivering adequate performance in a coupe style with a pretty low price.

Toyota has some bigger plans for the tC coupe though, as according to a recent report coming from Japan, a special high performance TRD version might be in the works.

The report says that the powerful coupe might be outfitted with improved suspension, a sports exhaust system and a new body kit for better aerodynamics.

No other details were revealed, but it’s expected that the more performance-oriented Scion tC won’t really require a big financial effort, as the price is rumored to be around $18,000. For what it’s worth, the regular 2011 Scion tC starts at $17,000.

Expect more details in the future, as the car is reported to arrive as a 2012 model year.

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Scion iQ city car confirmed for US launch in March 2011


It’s been a long time coming, but US customers will finally be able to indulge in a brand new Japanese city car, the Scion iQ, next year.

After being revealed at the New York Auto Show this year, the model has been confirmed by Toyota for a US launch in March 2011.

The car is already being sold in Asia and Europe, badged as a Toyota iQ, and has become pretty successful, thanks to its decent cargo spaces plus the adequate interior space.

No other details were revealed, but you can expect the Scion iQ to be priced around the level of the its direct rival, the Smart ForTwo. A frugal 1.3-liter gasoline engine should be included, but don’t expect a hybrid powertrain, at least according to previous statements.

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Scion hosts Battle of the Builds competition, military members design their own xB

Scion hosts Battle of the Builds competition, military members design their own xB

Seeing as how the 4th of July is rapidly approaching, Scion has revealed a new type of competition.

Entitled the Battle of the Builds, the contest tasked military servicemen and women with designing their own special xB model. The entries were submitted to the youth-oriented Japanese brand, and can now be voted at the special Battle of the Builds website.

From the 25 semi-finalists now up for vote, only three designs will be chosen. The winning teams will be given a budget of $15,000, and tasked with turning their initial drawing into a reality on a brand new 2011 xB.

The ultimate winner will be featured by Scion at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Interested in showing your support for military creativity? Then go and share your votes at the Battle of the Builds website. Voting ends tomorrow, June 30.

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Video: Tanner Foust goes drifting in his Scion tC on Mulholland Highway


Going on our daily YouTube hunt for interesting car videos that we can share with all you fine folks, we found this video of drift racer and future Top Gear USA host, Tanner Foust.

Although the video is a bit old, dating back from March, we knew such awesomeness can always be shared under the motto ‘better late than never’.

In the footage below, Foust takes his 600+ HP V8 Scion tC drift car, sponsored by Rockstar Energy, on the famous Mulholland Highway, better known as ‘The Snake’, given its twisty corners. The racer does not disappoint, and the resulting video is a must-see for any car fan.

Hit the jump and check out Tanner Foust’s drifting antics on the Mulholland Highway.
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Scion tC might receive convertible edition


The rumor mill has started spinning once more, this time being fueled by the guys at Inside Line who proclaim that the Scion brand might see the introduction of its first convertible model, based on the newly revealed 2011 tC.

It seems that this move might go along nicely with Toyota’s plans to revive the brand and earn it more confidence in the eyes of the younger consumers, Scion’s targeted demographic. Also, given the accessible nature in terms of price for Scion models, the convertible tC might become a best seller, as entry-level cabriolets currently on the market are in low numbers.

This, coupled with the fact that the Toyota Solara, the only other convertible in the Japanese lineup (Lexus not withstanding), won’t be produced anymore, might make this rumor a plausible one.

We really like the 2011 Scion tC and a convertible edition might not be so bad. Seing as how the coupe will start at $17,000, there is still enough room for a pricier cabriolet that will slot in below Scion’s self-imposed $20,000 price limit.

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2011 Scion tC presents itself in New York


Besides showcasing the small 2011 iQ yesterday at the New York Auto Show, Scion also revealed the 2011 tC coupe model. This new generation promises to deliver a more aggressive package, designed to further attract even more the young audience.

In order to do this, a new 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder engine has been fitted, with power increasing as well, to 180 HP and 173 lb-ft of torque. For those keeping count, it’s a 19 HP and 11 lb-ft improvement over the ratings of the older 2.4-liter engine.

Expect a “sport-tuned” suspension system on the 2011 tC, as well as an electronically-assisted steering system. The aforementioned engine will be mated to either a six-speed automatic, with optional sequential shift, or a six-speed manual, replacing the older five-speed one. Scion expects the new tC to return a better fuel average, but no estimates were offered.

Besides the more aggressive styling, future 2011 tC owners will also get 18-inch wheels, bigger brakes and a flat-bottom steering wheel. An optional rear wing, as well as sun roof are also available for an extra price. You can check out the new Scion tC in the photo gallery below and the special ScionDimension web page, where all the info about the new models are available. Also, you can become a fan of the brand on Facebook. While you’re at it though, don’t forget to fan our own website, in order to stay in touch with the most important news (if you don’t, go back living under that rock).

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2011 Scion iQ debuts in New York


Yesterday was the first day of the 2010 New York Auto Show, and as you could expect, it was filled with interesting announcements. One of the first came from Toyota’s youth-oriented brand, Scion, which revealed the 2011 iQ city car.

As you may know, the Toyota iQ has been around for quite some time, but is just now reaching US shores, badges as a Scion. The visual style hasn’t been changed all that much, and besides the new badge, it is quite similar to its European and Japanese brothers.

Busting rumors that it might appear as a hybrid, the Scion iQ will only be powered by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine of undisclosed performance (we’re betting around 90-100 HP). No other details were given, but it’s a safe bet that in terms of fuel average it will be upper 30s, and will also get a CVT gearbox.

Lots of safety features, including 10 airbags, will be included in the small city car, and you can certainly expect Toyota to market it aggressively towards the younger crowd. Expect the 2011 Scion iQ to debut in dealerships this fall.

Until then, check out the photo gallery below and the special ScionDimension web page, where all the info about the new models are available. Also, you can become a fan of the brand on Facebook. While you’re at it though, don’t forget to fan our own website, in order to stay in touch with the most important news (if you don’t, go back living under that rock).

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2011 Scion xB facelift presents itself


In the midst of bad press for both Lexus and Toyota models, the Japanese company decided that it should further promote its untarnished Scion brand more, and has just presented the 2011 xB facelift model.

The popular boxy car has received new looks and interior options in order to further attract the young crowd. First off, the design has been improved, specifically at the front, where the headlamps have been slightly restyled, and a honeycomb grille was added. Larger outer vents in the bumper were also fitted, for better cooling. In the back, the biggest change focuses on the rear backup lamp, which was integrated in the tailights. Potential customers now have two more colors to choose from, Army Rock (whatever that is) and Elusive Blue.

On the inside, clients will find redesigned front seats, for better comfort, as well as a new center console with more storage spaces. A sliding armrest and a new, fully-adjustable steering wheel were also added to the 2011 xB.

Cost-conscious customers will be happy to hear that the new xB starts from $16,000 for the manual while automatic versions will begin at $16,950, both having a minor increase in price ($150) over the outgoing 2010 model.

Until you can rush out to dealerships at the beginning of April to check out the 2011 Scion xB, you can take a look in the photo gallery below for some high-res shots.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Scion xB facelift

Source: Scion

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Scion models won’t go hybrid, might receive all-wheel drive instead


In between issuing recalls, attending government hearings or going to court over lawsuits, Toyota found time to talk about its youth-oriented brand, Scion.

Jack Hollis, vice president of Scion, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A, recently talked about the brand and just where it will go in the near future. Many voices are claiming that if it wants to keep its “young” image, new models should use hybrid powertrains, especially considering the popularity of such Toyota models.

But putting technology like the company’s hybrid synergy drive into a Scion would drastically jack up its price over Toyota’s self-imposed $20,000 limit, which will put off many young people from buying it. As such, according to Hollis, future cars might adopt all-wheel drive, most likely borrowed from Toyota’s Japanese partner, Subaru.

“Ultimately, it’s a prioritization of all our resources,” he revealed “Scion [is an] innovation laboratory and a chance to try new things. We’re really open [to AWD].”

How this might attract young people or even get the brand to lower its fleet-wide emissions is still a mystery, though. Should Toyota implement AWD in Scion models or should it push to lower the price of a hybrid drivetrain and put it one of those cars? Leave your comment below.

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