THROWBACK: Axed Scion FR-S Resurrects into an Updated Toyota 86
Alexander Graham Bell once said that “when one door closes, another opens.” This could be the most fitting phrase to sum up what happened to Scion and one of its car models, the FR-S. What was once a promising car brand fell and couldn’t keep up with the tightly-contested automotive market. Here’s how the death of the Scion FR-S paved the way for the birth of the updated Toyota 86.
Scion is a car brand that was established by Toyota in 2003. The goal of Scion was to appeal to younger clients by introducing more aggressive, quirkier, and sportier vehicles. The average age of individuals who bought a Scion was 36 years old and 70 percent of which had never purchased a Toyota before.
However, Scion wasn’t able to keep up with the market due to the tight competition and demand for bigger cars such as SUVs. As such, Toyota decided to pull the plug and gave up on Scion last February 2016. But despite being axed, Scion’s vehicles were rebadged as Toyota models–one of which is the FR-S.
The death of the Scion FR-S signaled the birth of the updated Toyota 86. The Japanese automaker decided to debut the updated 86 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, which is a month after the announcement of Scion’s demise. Toyota did not just rebadge the Scion FR-S and placed a new emblem on the car. The car company gave the car a fresh and updated design–a perfect statement to signal the rebirth of the axed Scion FR-S in the North American market.
The Toyota 86 shown at the 2016 New York International Auto Show is fitted with a new front bumper that’s integrated with a larger air intake. The car’s headlights also get a slight revamp as it is equipped with new daytime running lights. The rear, on the other hand, gets restyled taillights, a new diffuser, and dual exhaust pipes. The Toyota 86 is finished off with a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
The said Toyota sports car has a 2.0-liter Boxer engine under its hood that delivers 204 hp and 212 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Toyota Motor Philippines launched the updated 86 six months after its New York debut. It’s powered by the same 2.0-liter Boxer engine but the power output rating of the PH-spec 86 is slightly lower. The 86 is rated to deliver a max power of 197 hp and 205 Nm of torque. It is connected to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The Toyota 86 or the Toyota GT86 can be considered as one of the living iconic cars. It took inspiration from the 1986 Toyota AE86, which is a car that doesn’t rely on horsepower alone in order to achieve speed. As such, Toyota wants to live up to the standards that the AE86 has set through the new 86.