The Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is almost a direct production version of the TRD project car shown this Spring with the Lexus LFA around Scion’s Epic marketing campaign events.
The prototype TRD Project Car and the production model are almost exactly the same outside, but the TRD project car wears wider rubber on different wheels, has a front-mounted intercooler of some kind, and a racing-prepped cabin.
TRD Project Car
The production RS1 looks just as good, and is amazing news for buyers looking for a showroom racer – modded and looking mean right from day one. This was a previous gripe of the Scion strategy: such a heavy emphasis on modding and DIY installed performance upgrades left the showroom cars looking pretty dull.
Yes, young shoppers love to mod. But they also like to see a well-done upgraded model, ready to drive home that day.
Scion listened, and this RS1 really shows how great a stock machine can be.
2015 Scion FR-S RS1
The 2015 FR-S adds larger exhaust pipes and a few suspension tweaks to become the second-gen car — but most of the changes are very, very minor for 2015. The FR-S RS1 brings the 2015 improvements along.
But overall, even the updated 2015 car is nowhere near as cool and hip as the RS1. 1500 units will be available in total, with all painted in this striking yellow shade that has never previously been offered. Pricing is not yet set, but will be under $30,000 – per the official details below from Scion.
2015 Scion FR-S vs 2014 Scion FR-S
2015 Scion FR-S
2015 Scion FR-S RS1
TORRANCE, Calif., (April 16, 2014) – Scion FR-S fans, get ready for a modern take on the sports coupe’s racing roots. Scion revealed its FR-S Release Series 1.0 at the New York International Auto Show today, drawing on track heritage and the expertise of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
EXCLUSIVE SCION FR-S RELEASE SERIES 1.0 ARRIVES AT DEALERSHIPS NATIONWIDE
Head-Turning, Motorsports-Inspired Series Available in Limited Quantities
TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2014) – The wait to own the first Scion FR-S limited edition release series is finally over. Scion fans and racing enthusiasts can now get behind the wheel of the FR-S Release Series 1.0, a modern homage to the sports coupe’s racing roots. Revealed earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 is now available at dealerships nationwide.
With just 1,500 Release Series 1.0 vehicles produced, FR-S enthusiasts must move fast to own the limited edition coupe. Striking with a coat of Yuzu exterior paint color, the Release Series 1.0 comes equipped with enhanced features from Toyota Racing Development (TRD), including TRD Quad Tip Exhaust System and TRD lowering springs. Other highlights are the custom-designed aero kit with a rear spoiler and side fender garnish. Highlighting its exclusivity, each vehicle contains its sequential release series badge (1 of 1500) inlayed on its brushed aluminum shifter surround plate.
“The Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is the ultimate tribute to motorsports history that not only has the looks for the track, but also brings that energy into the driver’s seat,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha.
Additional FR-S Release Series 1.0 features include:
- TRD steering wheel
- TRD shift knob
- Black seats with T-pattern
- HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights
- TRD logo cargo mat
- Smart Key with Push Button Start
A full walk-around video of the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 can be viewed on Scion’s official YouTube channel.
The FR-S comes with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management® technology. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $29,990 with a manual transmission or $31,090 with an automatic transmission, excluding the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $770. For more information about the FR-S Release Series 1.0, visit www.scion.com/FRSRS.
Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The brand features five groundbreaking models with a wide array of standard features: the xD urban subcompact five-door, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, the premium micro-subcompact iQ and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. The Scion brand often applies new practices in all aspects of its business and pushes the creativity envelope with non-traditional advertising and marketing to engage young consumers. Scion also supports originality through its programs in the artistic community. For more information, visit www.scion.com.
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