Category: Scion

LAcarGUY Supports Heal The Bay's "Bring Back the Beach" Fundraiser

May 15, 2013 lacarguy Charity, FR-S, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY News & Events, Scion Santa Monica, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGUY is a longtime supporter of Heal The Bay, participation in beach cleanups, and most recently, LAcarGUY owner Mike Sullivan joined their Board of Directors. To celebrate our partnership, LAcarGUY’s Toyota/Scion Santa Monica will be donating a 2013 Scion FR-S for this year’s Bring Back The Beach live auction, with all proceeds going to Heal The Bay.


We urge you to support this great cause and join us for an amazing night on the Beach with Heal The Bay supporters

Heal the Bay invites you to celebrate the ultimate beach party at our annual Bring Back the Beach gala benefit on May 16, 2013, at Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.

Relax with your toes in the sand while you meet and mix with leaders from Southern California’s environmental, political, business and entertainment communities. Join us for a fun-filled evening under the stars to celebrate our honorees and support the mission of Heal the Bay.

The night will honor the environmental dedication and leadership of Heal the Bay’s former president Mark Gold, D. Env., Oscar-winning actor and environmental champion Jeremy Irons, and founder of the Inclusive Health movement and philanthropist Dr. Howard Murad. Plus enjoy a special acoustic performance by five-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley.


·         5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
·         Cocktail Reception & Auction featuring the 2013 Scion FR-S contributed by LAcarGUY
·         Dinner
·         Live Auction
·         Entertainment and Dancing

Tickets & Sponsorships

·         Tables and Sponsorships: $5,000 – $50,000
·         Individual Tickets: $500


·         Beach Chic
·         Be prepared to walk in the sand to your table. Choose shoes accordingly!

Scion Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Special Edition Models

April 15, 2013 lacarguy Scion Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

During the 2013 New York Auto Show, Scion announced its 10-year anniversary celebrations with plans to release five special edition models. Plans are to release a limited-production version of each vehicle in the lineup which will be called the Scion 10 Series.

“The Scion 10 Series celebrates 10 years of the brand’s passionate approach, iconic products and success inviting a new, younger buyer to the Toyota family. Scion heads into its second decade revved up by a strong product line that continues to stand out on the road”, said the vice president of Scion Division for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Doug Murtha. The Scion 10 series cars include the FR-S, tC, iQ, xB and xD models. All of these models will be available exclusively in Silver Ignition. They will also be equipped with LED-infused logos which illuminates when the car is locked.

The special edition series will also feature silver seat belts, solar-powered illuminated shift knob, revised instrument cluster display and the iQ, xB and xD will stand out further from the outside with darker alloy wheels. In addition, the FR-S receives HID headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control and a push-button ignition.

In total, just 10,000 Scion 10 Series models are planned, and each will be identifiable with a sequentially numbered badge inside the car. The redesigned 2014 tC will get the most of the special-edition models with 3,500 units, while other new models like the FR-S and iQ will be restricted to just 2,500 units and 900 units, respectively. The original Scion, the xB, will get 2,100 Scion 10 Series models, and the xD will round out the 10,000-unit run with 1,000 models being produced.

The 10-series models will arrive in showrooms this June and additional details on these models will be announced close to their launch. Continue to follow us on Twitter and get the latest news on our Facebook page.

Scion FR-S Tops 2013 Best Sports Car for the Money Award

March 1, 2013 lacarguy Scion Tags: , , 1 Comment

Last week, Scion outpaced the competition when it was announced as the winner of U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Sports Car for the Money Award. The annual award recognizes value, quality and critical acclaim across 21 vehicle categories.

To evaluate the FR-S, U.S. News & World Report judges looked at the sports coupe’s safety record, reliability and opinion from industry experts. Additionally, the expected five-year total cost of ownership and average vehicle price at the time of publication contributed to overall scores. The FR-S costs $25,255 MSRP with a six-speed manual transmission or $26,355 MSRP with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management technology.

2013 Scion FR-S

“The Best Sports Car for the Money award is a testament to the incredibly fun and accessible sports car experience offered by the Scion FR-S,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “We are proud the FR-S continues to impress industry enthusiasts and drivers, while also representing the passion behind the Scion brand.”

According to U.S. News, reviewers agree that the 2013 Scion FR-S has shaken up the affordable sports car class. Separated at birth from its competitor sibling, the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S brings a surprising amount of performance and value to enthusiasts.

Reviewers almost universally say it all starts under the hood in the FR-S. The FR-S’s engine is mounted low and as far back in the engine bay as possible. Combined with its low center of gravity and a performance-tuned suspension, critics say these attributes make the FR-S one of the best-handling sports cars on the market.

To find out more or test drive the FR-S to experience it for yourself, visit us at Scion Hollywood or Scion Santa Monica today.

Scion Racing Team Day at Willow Springs Raceway

February 13, 2013 lacarguy FR-S, Scion Tags: , , 0 Comments

The Scion Racing team took a day during a brief interlude at the tail end of the Formula D season to have some fun around the Streets of Willow. It gave team members a chance to get better acquainted with one another and show off what they were capable of on the track. On what they’ve dubbed Scion Racing’s Team Day, both a stock Scion FR-S along with the Need for Speed Scion tC were on hand to create some smoking action for the day.


Check out the video below to see some quick shots of the footage:


Toyota Contemplates Performance Hybrid Engine to Boost FR-S

December 13, 2012 lacarguy Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

It was recently reported that Subaru is looking into turbocharging its next BRZ to extract a total of 280-hp from the 2.0-litre boxer engine. New reports suggest that Toyota may be going down a different road and is considering a gasoline-electric hybrid system that will increase the Scion FR-S′s output.

2013 Scion FR-S
According to sources, Toyota engineers are weighing the possibility of a hybrid engine to propel the Scion FR-S. Toyota Scion FR-S chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said the company is looking for a surprise, “something unique,” as the drivetrain to possibly power the next-generation FR-S. “For example a hybrid motor,” said Tada. In the quest to give the FR-S a serious boost in the engine room, Tada dismisses going the conventional route.

“I think 300 horsepower with a turbo would be tasteless in this day and age,” Tada said. “If we pursue power without regard to fuel consumption, the market won’t accept it. And a turbo would mean the loss of the FR-S’s uniqueness.”

Tada cites the performance-oriented nature of the FR-S as reasoning for pursuing a different hybrid platform, like the one found in the TS030 Le Mans Prototype, rather the more traditional Atkinson Cycle hybrid found in the Prius. The Atkinson engines typically sacrifice high-revving power for fuel-sipping fuel economy. The TS030 has a KERS system, with six-speed transmission and electric drive to the rear wheels in parallel with the gas engine.

It is also worth noting that Toyota has a joint venture in hybrid development with BMW, and the German automaker’s i8 uses a hybrid system with a KERS similar to that in the Porsche 918 Spyder.

So will there be a KERS hybrid FR-S? It’s too soon to tell whether the technology will be viable in a car that costs less than $30,000, but Toyota does have the capability to make the technology available. We will just have to wait and see.

How should Toyota increase the output of the FR-S? What are your thoughts on the KERS hybrid vs. a turbocharger?

Scion FR-S Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

September 10, 2012 lacarguy Scion Tags: , , , 0 Comments

The 2013 Scion FR-S rear-wheel-drive sports car has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick rating, bringing Toyota’s total of IIHS Top Safety Picks awards to 18, the most of any manufacturer in the industry.

FR-S comes standard with six airbags, including dual-stage advanced driver- and front-passenger airbags, front-seat-mounted airbags and side-curtain airbags. Like all Scions, the FR-S features the Star Safety System that includes Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

In its effort to determine crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — the Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Top Safety Picks must have good ratings in all four tests.

The 18 Toyota, Lexus and Scion models named Top Safety Picks this year are the Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Prius c, Prius v, Sienna, Tundra (crew cab), Venza and Yaris (4-door hatchback); Scion tC, xB, xD, and FRS; and Lexus CT 200h, GS and RX.

Watch the following crash test videos of the Scion FR-S being put through the paces by the Institute:



Scion FR-S Delivers A Walk Off Home Run As A True Driver’s Car

May 16, 2012 lacarguy FR-S Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

On a bright sunny day in Parump, Nevada at Spring Valley Motorsport Park we got the opportunity to take the highly anticipated 2013 Scion FR-S out for a spin and boy did it deliver. Also known as the Toyota GT-86 elsewhere in the world, Toyota/Scion have built a car that goes back to the basics and provides enormous fun at a very reasonable price.

Toyota’s main goal in choosing a powerplant for their new FR-Sports car was obtaining efficient, reliable performance. The development concept of the FR-S was to build a sports car built around the driver and making the car fun to drive took more of a priority than pursuing pure speed.

Everyone knows that the Scion FR-S isn’t the most powerful car out on the market, so the horsepower figures will sound rather unimpressive to many. However, according to the engineers, it was far more important for the car to feel responsive and have linear power delivery all the way up to redline speeds.

Led by Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, the joint Toyota and Subaru engineering team code named “Team 86” certainly lived up to its goals. Working together, they developed the Subaru FA20 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine, marking the first time that Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology had ever been incorporated into a boxer motor.

The result of Team 86′s hard work was a light weight, 200hp naturally aspirated DOHC 16 valve engine with dual variable valve timing (VVTi). The 4UGSE engine redlines at 7400rpm, and responds quickly to accelerator inputs, with easy powerband control.

Usage of the 4UGSE boxer engine gives the Scion FR-S the benefit of amazing handling, due to a low center of gravity. The Scion FR-S has a lower center of gravity than the Porsche Cayman, Nissan R35 GTR, Subaru Impreza STi, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. In fact, only the LFA and the Ferrari 360 have a lower center of gravity than the FR-S at 18.9 inches.

“Super low center of gravity, better than a GTR, better than a Porsche Cayman, in fact comparable to some of the Ferrari models, but basically this car is about bringing passion back to driving. An authentic rear wheel drive car, that produces 200 hp out of a 2.0L engine,” said Jack Hollis, Vice President and General Manager of Scion. “The 100 hp per liter is a key number for us. You see just the right amount, not over, not under, right amount of power, great balance and great handling.”

Hollis also adds, “What it does is this car answers a concern in the industry today, that the vehicles have just become so electronic, so technology-based, not just true driver-based. That’s what this car does. We think it’s going to excite the whole industry not just Scion and Toyota so we are really excited about the Scion FR-S.”

What the low center of gravity does for you is make you feel very connected to the road when you are pushing the car to the limits. The center of gravity is in line with your hips, so, as the car moves around you truly feel the dynamics of the car in the seat of your pants, rather than the car feeling as though it has a much higher pivot point that most people are used to.

What is also obvious is that the Scion FR-S pays homage to it’s heritage, particularly to the 1985-’87 Corolla GT-S – or AE86 as it is known by enthusiasts. The 86 theme is prevalent throughout the vehicle. Mechanically, the two cars share nothing. Spiritually, however, their similarities run deep. There are powerful reason why the humble AE86 remains a highly coveted machine nearly 30 years after entering production. These reasons have nothing to do with the car’s speed, its amenities or its complexity. Rather, it’s the 86’s fundamentally sound design, low cost, and massive potential that give it profound desirability as its third decade approaches. It’s these simple, potent core values on which Scion intend to capitalize with the Scion FR-S.

The 86 Boxer badge on the fender shows pistons on opposing sides of the 86, to signify that it’s boxer engine under the hood. The number 86 is also symbolic of the engine’s square 86×86 bore and stroke ratio. Most Toyota aficionados may not even know this but this square ratio keeps the 4UGSE engine faithful to some of the other engines in Toyota’s 2.0 liter sports engine history. Also, an additional homage to the 86 theme, the inner diameter of the car’s exhaust tips are 86 mm!

The engine has Toyota D-4S fuel-injection system which is both port fuel injection and direct fuel injection at the same time. This allows are really high compression ratio of 12.5:1 which means the FR-S requires premium fuel but that’s a small price to pay.

If there’s one disappointment about this car, it is with torque. The 2.0 liter engine only produces 151 torques at a very high 6400 rpm. Now very few people talk about torque. It’s important because when you get into some slow corners, and you really need a drive out especially if you’re not popping it off the rev…, torque is what will propel you at that point. Though, on the road track, the lack of torque was not really a factor.

On the inside, the FR-S interior is definitely minimalistic. Sitting inside, it’s impossible not to notice the sporty seats and steering wheel. They are comfortable and the substantial side bolstering helps keep the driver in place on a spirited drive. The tach is right front and center, dominating the instrument cluster.

Steering input is good. However, a wish would be for a bit more feedback and communication. It is electric steering, though one of the better electric steerings that we’ve experienced. We must say that it’s very direct. If you turn the wheel, that’s where the car is going and it points really, really well.

Toyota is planning to produce 10,000 units of the Scion FR-S for the 2012 calendar year and plans on 20,000 units for 2013. If you’re writing a wish list or a spec sheet of what you want in a car, the Scion FR-S pretty much does it all. What we like most about the car is that you can have the fun at under triple digit speeds. It doesn’t have 500 hp and it’s not going to do 1.05 Gs around a skid pad, and we don’t care! With the Scion FR-S, you actually have to drive! The FR-S being very analog will not cover up your inability to drive with electronics like so many modern cars. If you make a mistake, it will be obvious, however, the car being perfectly balanced makes it easy to get it all back under control, if you know what you are doing.

Bottom line, the Scion FR-S is a drivers car, period!

Scion Announces Pricing for the 2013 FR-S Sports Car

March 22, 2012 lacarguy FR-S Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Scion today announced pricing for its 2013 FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car. The FR-S starts with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $24,200 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, and $25,300 when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that features paddle shifters and rev-match technology. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family and will go on sale this spring.

“Scion’s goal was to create an affordable sports car that true driving enthusiasts could enjoy,” said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. “We accomplished that goal with the FR-S starting under $25,000…a total home run! Add in Scion’s complimentary Scion Service Boost, our no-haggle no-hassle Pure Price, and Scion’s network of about 1,000 dealers, and the FR-S is a grand slam.”

Pure Balance
The FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising fuel efficiency.

The FR-S is a true “scion,” born into a lengthy history of Toyota performance cars and motorsports. During planning and development, it was most inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, better known as the Hachi-Roku, meaning “8-6” in Japanese. The AE86 was a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe that was lightweight and well balanced, making it a solid choice for driving enthusiasts.

Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is designed around the core goal of achieving “Pure Balance.” The balance begins with the strategic use of the world’s only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine’s compact size and flat shape allow it to be mounted mid-ship and extremely low, giving the car a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 and a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars.

The FR-S’s 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru. The partnership begins by combining Subaru’s newly developed, horizontally opposed engine and Toyota’s cutting edge D-4S injection system that incorporates both direct and port injection. The D-4S system, partnered with a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, results in an impressive 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

The flat-four mates with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts with a short-throw; while the automatic features aggressive up shifts and sporty rev-matched down shifts that are initiated by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is transferred to the pavement via a standard Torsen® limited-slip differential.

The idea of “Pure Balance” is further realized by the FR-S’s lightweight design and compact size. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of corners, with dynamic maneuverability and confident handling. The coupe’s weight is kept to a minimum by utilizing a lightweight aluminum hood, a solid roof, and by featuring a trunk design instead of a hatchback.

The FR-S’s low weight is matched with a dynamically tuned suspension setup consisting of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone system in the rear. Lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and ventilated disc brakes are standard on all four corners.

Powerful Exterior Design
The fierce exterior of the FR-S is a solid reflection of its inner power. The profile, inspired by the Toyota 2000GT, reveals a hood and roof-line that is remarkably sleek and low, giving it an aerodynamic shape that channels air cleanly over to the top. The low stance continues to exaggerate the coupe’s menacing face, which is made up of sharp lines, a wide mouth and angular headlights that house the projector-beam halogen lamps. The aggressive front fenders protrude upward and boast the iconic ‘86’ piston emblem, which highlights the car’s AE86 heritage as well as its unique new boxer engine. The rear fascia sits low and wide, with aerodynamic lower treatments that surround the sporty dual exhaust system. LEDs illuminate the edgy taillights, while center-mounted backup lights finish the muscular design.

The FR-S will be available in seven colors including Raven, Asphalt, Hot Lava, Argento, Ultramarine, Firestorm and Whiteout.

Performance-Focused Interior
The FR-S’s interior includes a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind. The front seats feature deep bolsters and are mounted extremely low and are comfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. The car will come standard with FR-S badged floor mats. The large center-mounted tachometer is the focus of the three-gauge cluster and features a programmable shift-indicator, informing the driver of the engine’s vitals. Speed is monitored by both digital and analog gauges. The FR-S features a sporty leather-trimmed steering wheel that has both tilt and telescopic adjustment.

The FR-S will come standard with an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB 300-watt maximum output Pioneer™ audio system. Standard features also include HD Radio™ technology and Bluetooth® connectivity that allows both hands-free phone connection as well as streaming audio capability.

Sports Car Performance with Excellent Safety Features
FR-S comes standard with six airbags, including dual-stage advanced driver- and front-passenger airbags, front-seat-mounted airbags and side-curtain airbags.

Like all Scions, FR-S features the Star Safety System that includes Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $730 and is not included in the MSRP. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

Warranty and Complimentary Scion Service Boost
Like all Scion models, the FR-S is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile comprehensive warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The FR-S will come standard with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance. 

Scion FR-S Preliminary Specifications

166.7 in.
69.9 in.
51.2 in. (not including antenna base)
101.2 in.
59.8 in.
60.6 in.
Seating capacity
Total displacement
1,998 cc
Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, D-4S injection, DOHC
Bore × stroke
86 × 86 mm.
Maximum output
200hp @ 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque
151 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm
6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Rear-wheel drive
MacPherson struts
Double wishbone
Ventilated Disc
Ventilated Disc
Fuel tank
13.2 gallons
Premium Unleaded

Toyota, Lexus and Scion Dominate J.D. Power 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study

February 16, 2012 lacarguy Lexus, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Eight Lexus, Toyota, and Scion models captured segment awards in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, a performance equal to all other vehicle brands combined and more than twice as many as the runner-up nameplate.

The study also found:
  • Lexus is the number one nameplate improving by 23 fewer problems/100;
  • Toyota is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate and tied for third place overall, improving by 18 fewer problems/100; and
  • Scion achieves its highest ever position at fifth place, jumping up 17 positions and improving by 55 fewer problems/100.
“We are extremely pleased that not only did we win awards in eight of the 14 model segments, but that in two segments we finished one-two and made the podium in 12 segments overall”, said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
2012 Vehicle Dependability Study performers by segment
Sub-Compact Car
Toyota Yaris
Scion xD
Compact Car
Toyota Prius
Toyota Corolla
Compact Crossover SUV
Toyota RAV4
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Scion xB
Compact Sporty Car
Scion tC
Entry Premium Car
Lexus ES350
Midsize Car
Toyota Camry
Midsize Crossover SUV
Toyota Highlander
Midsize Van
Toyota Sienna
Midsize Premium Crossover SUV
Lexus RX350
Large Premium Car*
Lexus LS460
Large Car
Toyota Avalon
Large Pick Up
Toyota Tundra
Lexus Nameplate
Toyota Nameplate
3 (tie)
Premium Brands Industry Average
Non-Premium Brands Industry Average

Additional examples of Toyota’s commitment to the highest standards for quality, safety, reliability and retained value include:

Chris Harris Drives The Scion FR-S

February 9, 2012 lacarguy FR-S, Scion Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

There may be a few of you who aren’t familiar with Chris Harris, he is a British Automotive Journalist, who is, in many peoples opinions, the best best, most respected person in the enthusiast community. Why he has done work for a number of publications over the last decade, he really became most well known when he started working for the British magazine EVO.

Chris has moved on from EVO in the last few months, he now writes for the PistonHeads blog, and is doing a weekly video show on the DRIVE channel on YouTube.

Chris went to European launch for the FR-S, known as the Toyota FT-86 there, that the Jarama racetrack in Spain. He only had 20-30 minutes to drive the car, so he wanted to make sure he maximised his time. What follows is the video review of that drive, and just so you can have a little context about how much he likes the car, his personal car is a 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0!

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