How hard is it to offer a factory-installed turbocharger?
What you’re looking at is the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0, which just debuted at the New York Auto Show. Scion claims this 1,500-unit limited edition FR-S draws “on track heritage and the expertise of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).” Alright, let’s see what it comes with: a custom-designed aero kit with a rear spoiler and side fender garnish. Nice, but not quite what we really want. What else?
A Quad Tip Exhaust System, lowering springs, push button start and a bright Yuzu exterior paint are all included. Yuzu is apparently a new word for yellow. Other tid bits include a TRD steering wheel, shift knob, black seats with a T-pattern, HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and TRD logo cargo mat. So what’s missing? That in-house turbocharger. Look here, Scion: We know you’re worried about sluggish FR-S sales. One reason why is that 200 ponies ain't enough. Why should all owners have to buy an aftermarket turbo when TRD is more than capable of providing one in-house? For just under $30k, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 still isn’t the FR-S that’s so badly needed.