Scion FR-S Turbo Scrapped; Enthusiasts Everywhere Mourn
We are, to say the least, fans of the Toyota/Subaru GT86 platform around here. With the low-price, great handling, and all-around track readiness, the little sports coupe is a lovely piece of engineering. Heck, two of us on the staff own an FR-S and BRZ. However, while we all love it, we do feel that the Toyobaru platform could use more diversity throughout its lineup. That, however, now seems like a want that can only be answered by the aftermarket. The SVP of Scion, Doug Murtha, spoke with Wards Auto at the LA Auto Show and stated that both the rumored turbo and convertible versions were dead in the water. Sigh... RELATED: See More Photos of the Scion FR-S Sport Coupe
Last year, Scion showed off a concept convertible GT86 (pictured here). At the time, the company stated that the car was definitely headed for production. The car was widely loved by everyone, and was thought to be a confirmed project. According to Murtha, though, regarding the convertible variant, "we went down swinging."
As for the turbo, despite thousands of rumors, and many fans just outright pleading to build it, that isn’t in the cards either. Murtha didn’t say why it wasn’t to be, just that “that’s not something that’s coming.” Hopefully an upcoming Supra replacement is that reason.
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Murtha did say that there were more special editions on the way, but with rapidly declining sales of the GT86 platform, both companies need to do something to keep the product fresh.
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