350 HP VCMC Turbo Scion FR-S – TUNED

Posted in DRIVE, General, Import Rides, Rides, Scion, Videos by MrAngry | January 9th, 2013 | 1 Response |

VCMC Turbo Scion FR-S

Unless you’ve been living under a blanket for the last year then you’re well aware that the new Scion FR-S is the new darling of the automotive world. It’s front engine rear drive configuration makes it a hoot to drive, and it’s finely tuned chassis turns it into a blast on just about every twisty road out there. If there is one downside though, it’s the Scion’s 200 hp Subaru engine. Matt Farah of TUNED on DRIVE recently headed out to Chuckwalla Raceway to test out VCMC’s Turbo FR-S, built for Canada’s Tuner Challenge. Click through to check it out.


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2013 Scion FR-S: Ridelust Review

Posted in Best of, Car Reviews, Featured, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Scion by MrAngry | October 8th, 2012 | 1 Response |

2013 Scion FR-S

PRO’s: Nice transmission, good brakes, great handling manners

CON’s: Harsh ride, somewhat cramped interior, needs more power

FINAL THOUGHT: This is the perfect vehicle for the first time sports car buyer regardless of age. It provides decent power and great handling with enough forgiveness that it will only help one advance as a driver.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably not the first review of the 2013 Scion FR-S that you’ve read. However since every automotive journalist out there is different, I felt the need to say “screw it” and throw my hat in the ring. The Scion FR-S and sibling Subaru BRZ, have done a wonderful thing in 2013. You see they’ve injected some much needed life into an automotive segment that was all but dead here in the United States. For years, if you wanted a small, inexpensive, front-engined rear-drive sports car you had but one option, the Mazda Miata. It’s a great little car no doubt, but let’s face it, after 23 years on the market it’s starting to show its age. Therefore when rumblings of these two little guys started surfacing a few years ago, the enthusiast crowd immediately stood up and took notice.

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2012 Scion iQ: Ridelust Review

Posted in Best of, Car Reviews, Featured, General, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Scion, Toyota by MrAngry | September 10th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

2012 Scion iQ

PRO’s: Park anywhere capability, good front passenger interior room, amazing turning radius, great around town mileage.

CON’s: Useless back seats, very little storage, twitchy handling manners.

FINAL THOUGHT: A compromise car that is best left for city folk who don’t do mass amounts of driving or high mileage road trips.

When I first saw the concept of the Scion iQ back in 2009 at the New York International Auto Show I was actually quite pleased. Here was a micro-sized hot hatch that was well designed with the apparent goal of bringing sportiness to the pocket-car segment. Back then the only micro-car sold in the U.S. was the Smart ForTwo, a car which I wholeheartedly detest. Fast forward now to September 2012 and the little iQ you see before you. It’s small, actually quite peppy and an interesting vehicle that raises and eyebrow from all those who see it. The big question though is – is it any good?

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Inside Line: 2013 Scion FR-S Track Test

Posted in Car Reviews, Educational, General, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides, Scion, Videos by MrAngry | August 30th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Scion FR-S Track Test

The new 2013 Scion FR-S is pretty much the new darling of the automotive world thanks to it’s nimble handling, rear wheel drive and mega-high fun factor. However when driven hard the FR-S suffers from two limiting factors. First and foremost is the lack of power (it only makes 200 horsepower) and secondly are its 215 series tires. Now while adding power can be a costly endeavor, added some handling isn’t really that bad as Josh Jacquot from recently found out.


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2013 Scion FR-S: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Promoted, RideLust Review, Scion by Kurt Ernst | August 20th, 2012 | 5 Responses |

2013 Scion FR-S

Thumbs Up: The first new and affordable RWD sports car in decades.

Thumbs Down: Could use more power, unchecked dealer price gouging.

Buy This Car If: You can find one at list price and enjoy driving with a grin on your face.

Lightweight rear-wheel-drive sports cars used to populate the automotive landscape like tie-dyed t-shirts at a Furthur concert. Then, seemingly one by one, they began the great die-off. First to go were the roadsters, like the Lotus Elan, the Triumph Spitfire, the MG MGB and the Fiat and Alfa Romeo Spiders. Read More…

2012 Scion iQ: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, RideLust Review, Scion by Kurt Ernst | July 23rd, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Scion iQ

Thumbs Up: We’d choose this over the Smart Fortwo.

Thumbs Down: Makes sense only for inner-core urban dwellers.

Buy This Car If: Parking space is your primary concern, and you never drive on the highway.

If you’re not familiar with driving in Europe or Japan, let us sum it up as succinctly as possible: everything about it is different than driving in the United States, from the amount of time and money it takes to get a driver’s license, to the width of the roads, to the size of the cars. Since space in European and Japanese cities is at a premium, and gasoline is considerably more expensive, smaller and more fuel efficient cars are the norm. Read More…

Epic Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 Test Drive

Posted in General, Import Rides, Rides, Scion, Subaru, Videos by MrAngry | July 13th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Scion FR-S Subaru BRZ

He’s got a very strange accent, a led foot and access to the new Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 for a 2,000 mile road trip across Europe. This is Nino Karotta and you’re about to see exactly what he thinks of the Toyota’s/Scion’s new little rear drive super coupe, the GT86/FR-S. Click through and watch as Nino flogs it through some back country mountain roads and then hits the track for a little drift session against Toyota’s original rear drive super coupe, the EA86.


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Toyota Wins New York Lawsuit

Posted in auto industry, Legal, News, Safety, Scion, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | April 4th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Last week, Toyota faced their first jury trial for unintended acceleration of a Toyota product. The plaintiff, Amir Sitafalwalla, claimed that his 2005 Scion accelerated out of control when he attempted to shift the car into park, ultimately getting up close and personal with a tree. His attorney tried to argue that an unsecured floor mat was to blame, despite the fact that the Scion in question was excluded from the floor mat entrapment recall. His attorney also unsuccessfully tried to blame the Scion’s Electronic Throttle Control System, despite having no evidence to back up his allegations. In a rare display of courtroom sanity, the jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a verdict that favored the defendant, Toyota. Read More…

Try Before You Buy – Toyota Rent A Car Program

Posted in auto industry, General, Scion, Toyota by J D Stadler | April 4th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

As I was driving back from lunch today, I heard a radio spot for a program Toyota is offering called TRAC – Toyota Rent A Car. The gist is that you can go to your local participating dealership (per Toyota, in 85% of them) to rent one of several models either for traditional reasons (say, you’re going on a trip and need a minivan to haul your gear), for a short time if your car is in for repairs, or most interestingly, to try before you buy. In the last scenario, they’re offering terms as short as a few days or up to one month to be well and sure it’s the car for you. Read More…

Toyota Goes To Court For Scion Unintended Acceleration

Posted in auto industry, News, Recalls, Scion, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | March 30th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Toyota has seen the inside of a courtroom several times relating to the unintended acceleration (UA) of their cars. To date, three causes have been found for unintended acceleration: a sticking accelerator pedal, entrapment of the accelerator pedal by a floormat and driver error. Of the UA cases tried thus far, none have been brought before a jury, but that’s about to change: a New York jury will hear the case of Sitafalwalla versus Toyota this week. Amir Sitafalwalla, the plaintiff, claims that his 2005 Scion accelerated without driver input until it struck a tree. Sitafalwalla’s attorney claims the incident started when his client attempted to shift the car into park, at which time the vehicle “took off”. Toyota denies the claim and points out that the Scion in question was never part of any UA recall. Furthermore, the accident happened in 2005 but the lawsuit wasn’t filed until 2008. Read More…