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Highlights of the 2017 Toyota 86

October 3, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

Well the Toyota 86 has been out for awhile, and we’ve taken the time to test out the vehicle. I’m not going to say that it’s a revolutionary vehicle, or that it’s a perfect sports car, but it does have some nice improvements since when it was the Scion FR-S, and it’s a lot of fun to drive around. Here are some highlights of the vehicle experience.


It’s a Whole lot of Fun

The Toyota 86 is great fun when taken on backgrounds with plenty of twists and turns. It’s well-balanced and offers very direct steering. While it performs beautifully out on most roads, the car is pretty much the same as the Scion FR-S. It relies on the same general mechanics, and

The Manual is the Way to Go

One of the biggest perks of the Toyota 86 is that it comes with a manual transmission and it’s a blast to use. This transmission shifts smoothly, the shifter is highly ergonomic in the hand, and the vehicle gets a 5 HP boost to 205 HP, making it slightly more powerful than the automatic transmission option. For any driver that wants to maximize their experience, there’s really no better option than a manual transmission. The automatic does offer a higher fuel economy with 24/32 MPG while the manual only offers 21/28 MPG, but the added entertainment is worth the loss in fuel in my opinion.

More Comfortable Performance

With adjusted spring rates, and damping around the vehicle, and a more robust anti-roll bar, the Toyota 86 feels more grounded and capable than the Scion FR-S. It offers improved handling over major bumps, and is just more stable overall.

A Nice Quality Interior

The Toyota 86 isn’t a luxury car, but it still looks and feels pretty nice inside. Most of the interior surfaces are covered by a suede-like material, and running your hand along any surface feels much better than plastic would. The steering wheel is a bit thinner than in the FR-S, and there are audio controls mounted on it that weren’t present before. Overall the 86 is comfortable and feels sporty up front without being over the top.

The Toyota 86 isn’t a crazy sports car, and it isn’t priced like one either. At around $27,000 it’s quite affordable and a pretty decent little sports car for someone looking for a more engaging ride. Sure it’s not packed with power at right around 200 HP, but it’s not slow either. It’s satisfying to drive around, and a lot of fun when you opt for the manual version.

The Scion FRS Made an Impressive Show of Performance in the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

July 4, 2014 lacarguy FR-S, Scion, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Ken Gushi, Toyota’s racer battled hard in the harrowing race up Pikes Peak, but he wasn’t able to repeat his first place finish that he achieved last year. Even though Gushi didn’t manage to snag the first place victory he still showed off what the FR-S is capable of and delivered a spectacular performance that leaves no doubt that he’s an excellent driver.



















The Race

Pikes Peak is a 12.42 mile race up the slops of the Colorado Rocky Mountains that ends 14,115 feet up above sea level. Throughout the course of the race drivers have to deal with ever thinning air, whipping winds, and winding roads that you only find on difficult mountain courses. The entire race brings drivers around a total of 156 turns making it one of the most interesting and exciting races to watch.

Getting the FR-S Ready

At only the second time that the FR-S has been raced on Pikes Peak, a decent amount of preparation had to occur before it was ready to be raced up the steep slopes. In order to get the Scion FR-S ready for this harrowing race the suspension was completely retuned to handle the rough turns and bumps. A whole slew of new performance and safety gear was also installed in the vehicle to make this level of high-performance racing safe for the drivers. Finally the engine was enhanced to produce 500 HP and 480 lb.-ft. of torque giving it enough strength to fly up hills and keep up with the competition.

Why the FR-S Makes an Excellent Racecar

From its inception the Scion FR-S has been designed for racing and performance handling. It is built with a low center-of-gravity in mind and swings around corners accurately and adeptly. It’s characterized by its light agile steering quality and its low weight, both excellent qualities for winding courses like Pikes Peak where drivers have to turn at a moment’s notice.

Toyota was confident enough to put their 2013 FR-S up against a horde of other well-designed sports cars in one of the most challenging races of the year, and it performed quite well. Sure it didn’t land a top spot, but it certainly proved to all the viewers that the FR-S is an excellent driving car that can handle most conditions quite well.

Scion FR-S Monogram Series Debuts at 2014 NAIAS

January 31, 2014 lacarguy FR-S, Scion Tags: , , 0 Comments

The Scion Monogram Series FR-S will see a limited production run of 2,000 models, and will be available in all standard FR-S Exterior color options, with both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic with Dynamic Rev Management technology available as transmission options. In addition to the rear-wheel drive sports coupe’s standard feature list, the exterior of the Monogram Series FR-S will also include a color-keyed rear spoiler, HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, as well as heated outside mirrors to keep visibility clear regardless of the weather.

To complement its exterior features, the cabin of the Scion Monogram Series FR-S has been modified to include Smart key with bush button start, heated leather trim seats with Alcantara® inserts, a frameless rearview mirror, and carpet cargo mat lining the floor of the trunk. The standard 5.1” Scion Display Audio system found in all 2014 Scions has also been upgraded to a BeSpoke Premium Audio unit with navigation and connected services, while dual-zone automatic climate controls round out the list of additional features we’ve added to the Scion Monogram Series FR-S.

Take a look at the pics and tell us what you think:

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 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

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!

Make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook to find out when the FR-S will be in our showrooms.


Scion Bringing "Thunderdome" Experience To The North American International Auto Show

January 5, 2012 lacarguy FR-S, Scion Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Utilizing nearly 30 percent more space than last year’s show, Scion is using its additional real estate to erect an expansive product and media theater, dubbed “Thunderdome.” Gone is the Matchbox-style vehicle showcase, which was a mainstay on the major auto show circuit for nearly five years.

Featuring a 15-foot-tall, overhead LED surround structure, the new exhibit encloses its vehicles and guests in a brand-dominated environment. At the center of the exhibit will be the 2013 Scion FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car, making its North American auto show debut in Detroit. The FR-S goes on sale this spring and will be the focus of a press conference at NAIAS on Jan. 9.

In all, there will be nine Scion products on display, among them the Scion iQ micro sub-compact, which went on sale in the fourth quarter of 2011. Each product has a zone and a video wall. Every zone is equipped with a digital product information and comparison tool, plus the Scion sX – an award-winning, immersive guest experience that features branded content, user participation, and information sharing.

“Philosophically, we needed a modular canvass to showcase the breadth of our growing product line,” said Steve Hatanaka, Auto Shows and Special Events Manager at Scion. “Scion is true to its roots of authenticity, personalization and youth. We believe this new exhibit is a reflection of those principles and we’re confident that the media and show goers in Detroit will enjoy visiting our display and seeing our cars.”