Greddy Places Trust In The Scion Fr-s

Despite the “I see what you did there” title, here it is, one of the most highly anticipated FR-S builds from Tokyo Auto Salon. I suspect for some of you it might be a little hard to sustain enthusiasm for the ZN6 at the moment, due largely to the massive saturation of the car, particularly in Japan this month. With a record number of 91 of these things showing up at the show, I have to admit that while I am a bit tired of the car, TAS has certainly changed my opinion of it.

You see, initially, I was a bit skeptical about the car. I know that might sound shocking to some of you, particularly now with the hindsight we have of its incredible success, but I was one of the very few naysayers prior to the car’s launch. It wasn’t that I didn’t love the idea: a sporty RWD compact car that virtually anyone on any budget can afford. To the contrary, I am and always have been all for it.

But the general consensus within the scene was a prevailing idea of “one car to save the industry” and, put plainly, that’s a pretty tall order. It’s a burden I certainly wouldn’t want placed upon my shoulders as a car manufacturer, but it’s a challenge that Toyota/Scion/Subaru have accepted and subsequently owned. I think it’s safe to say they smashed through everybody’s expectations.

There is no doubt in my mind that this chassis has changed the automotive climate, and not just in the tuning scene. I know I keep hammering on about it, but with 91 of these on display at Auto Salon it was the highest concentration of any chassis, ever. It was this car alone, a car that didn’t even exist a year prior, that was so popular that the event spread into a fourth hall for the first time, ever. That’s mind blowing stuff.

The 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon will go down in the books as the year that the tuning scene turned around after being faced with dwindling interest in years prior. In a time when it seems everyone is more concerned with their phones than their cars, there has been a massive resurgence of interest in the the tuning world. One car to save the industry indeed. That’s pretty impressive stuff no matter how you slice it.

Obviously the other car manufacturers can’t help but notice the overwhelming response that the media, tuners and general public have given the car. Whether you love it or hate it, this can only mean good things as the OEMs usually only see things in dollar-signs and the ZN6 has proved that the cheap sports car model is still something people are interested in. This spells a brighter future for all petrol heads.

So bearing all of that in mind, as much as I might want to grit my teeth at the sight of another one of these cars (and trust me, there will only be more on the way), there is a part of me that gets a lot of satisfaction out of it. The ZN6 is our savior. I thought it was impossible, but I’ve witnessed the miracle on two separate occasions (SEMA and TAS) and now I’m a believer.

In fact the cars were so popular that Dino and I were joking that the chassis would be a best-seller based on tuner shops snatching up models to use as product test beds alone. But of course these initial investments lead to aftermarket parts development, the whole reason most people attend TAS, aside from shooting perverted model photos of course.

But of all the real world I-could-actually-replicate-that-with-off-the-shelf-parts demo cars, I’d have to say that this example was by far the most interesting that I came across at the show. Ironically, I had actually shot this car just prior to its entry into the Makuhari Messe, but after scouring the show for several days it became increasingly more obvious how much of a standout the car actually is.

It’s nothing if not a looker, that’s for sure. Since TRA-Kyoto get most of the credit, it’s hard to remember that this now-legendary body kit is actually a collaboration between GReddy and Rocket Bunny, and one that is actually sold under the GReddy namesake. You can call it “played out” or whatever you like, but you certainly can’t call it ugly.

I’m generally a fan of most of Miura-san’s work, but I think he really nailed it with this kit. While almost all of his creations look sensational, this one just looks like it belongs on the car, like an extension of was already in place. On the FR-S his trademark breaks and lines flow so nicely that they seem as if they had lived there all along.

Around back there is an equally happy-to-coexist-with-the-stock-bodylines rear diffuser-thingie. While I’m not an aerodynamicist, I’d wager a guess that it probably doesn’t do a whole heck of a lot in terms of performance, but it sure is a nice place to showcase a killer exhaust like the GReddy GTS.

When you think of it that way, the idea of promoting their brand through a bodykit is ingenious, because it subliminally draws attention to parts they’re more traditionally know for. GReddy has built up one of the best reputations in the industry based on hard parts like exhaust systems and turbo kits, which is exactly what they aim to promote with this particualar car.

In true GReddy fashion, they have assembled an easy-to-install bolt-on turbo upgrade for the FR-S/86/BRZ that is reminiscent of the very items which brought them to fame.

It’s a pretty simple kit which revolves around a T518Z turbo. The setup is designed to work with factory engine internals and as such is a fairly basic layout that gives a modest but welcomed bump in power of around 100 horses. As you can probably guess, the aim with this piece is reliable usable power rather than all-out-numbers, which is probably much better suited for the average 86 owner.

For those interested in some prolonged spirited driving (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), GReddy have also come up with a trick 10-row oil cooler kit to keep oil temps in check. All together I think this is a very reasonable package which can safely turn the 86 from a nimble but gutless ride into something capable of puckering the old butthole on occasion.

Inside the cockpit the team at Trust haven’t changed very much, in actuality only a change to the seating environment has been carried out. Anyone who has driven one of these cars can tell you that’s not such a bad thing though, considering how much thought was put into making this a driver’s car from the factory.

A pair of Racetech buckets and some TRS harnesses to lock you in place is about all you really need.

Of course the matching red must-have TRS tow strap doesn’t hurt either.

The footwork has also been kept appropriately modest, with a set of GReddy Type-S dampers being the only modification to the suspension. With adjustable ride height, camber and damping rate this should be enough to see some pretty decent gains in the handling department.

The final piece of the puzzle is a set of ultra-light Volk G25 wheels which seem to be a circular metaphor for the rest of the car: hip, high tech and easy on the eyes. Wrapped in a set of sticky-but-streetable Advan Neova tires, this is probably one of the best additions anyone looking for a quick boost in performance can do, though it won’t come cheap. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

So there it is ladies and gentlemen, the GReddy FR-S. But before closing, I know there’s probably one final question many of you will have on your mind – why on earth did they import a Scion FR-S instead of using a Toyota 86? Is it to add some exotic USDM LHD flavor? Are they making some kind of a statement? Do they like to live their lives a quarter mile at a time?

In reality the answer is much simpler than that, it all comes down to cost. At the $25,255 sticker price that Scion offers the FR-S it is actually cheaper to buy one of these outright and ship it back to Japan than it is to go down to a local Toyota dealer and order an 86, if they even have one in stock. It might sound shocking but I hope it can serve as a wakeup call to how good we have it in America. So if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing an FR-S of your own, head on down to the dealership and make it happen- before they’re all exported to Japan.

2012 GReddy Scion FR-S

ENGINE

2.0L Turbocharged 4U-GSE boxer engine; GReddy turbo kit (includes stainless turbo manifold, polished aluminum piping, intercooler, T518Z turbo), comfort sport GTS exhaust, 10-row oil cooler kit, oil filter, radiator cap

ENGINE MANAGEMENT AND ELECTRONICS

EcuTek EMS; GReddy multi D/A gauges

DRIVELINE

Stock

SUSPENSION / CHASSIS

GReddy Type-S performance dampers

BRAKES

Stock

WHEELS / TIRES

18×9.5″ +35 (f) / 18×9.5″ +22 (r) Volk Racing G25 wheels; 22mm spacer (f) / 32mm spacer (r); 255/35R18 Yokohama Advan Neova tires

CABIN

Racetech seats; TRS harnesses

BODY

GReddy x Rocket Bunny body kit (includes front lip, side skirts, front and rear over fenders, rear diffuser, rear spoiler); TRS tow straps

PERFORMANCE

276hp @ 7170RPM; 218lb-ft @ 4780RPM

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73 comments
Commoner1234
Commoner1234

What's the color of this fr-s? And notice the front bumper is different or the color is just different on the upper grill

Commoner1234
Commoner1234

What's the color of this fr-s? And also i notice the front bumber is a little bit different?

MattAtDoyle
MattAtDoyle

Great shots of a great car. I am truly amazed at the quality of work in these SH posts. Thanks for the effort!

stikitnowcom
stikitnowcom

all that money thrown into this car and they couldnt even remove the antenna.

Spike4090
Spike4090

I will never get sick of this car.

maxproof
maxproof

I could never live with the look of that mediaconsole-thingy/Radio. Ridiculous! Actually all the BRZ/FR-S I've seen seem to have it. For the 86 you can get a Sat-Nav Screen unit, which looks modern an "ok" for that part. Is that exclusive to Toyota?

Russ
Russ

91 cars, that's about 60 companies spreading themselves very thin on the 86. 

What parts do you choose.

As far as aero goes, I think we've seen 1 company that will do well until it's copied by someone.

DavidPratte
DavidPratte

Great story, Sean. I too was a non-believer and really felt there was no way the car could possibly live up to all the hype during its very long lead up to production. But now that I've thrashed a few around race tracks in both stock and modified form, I'm completely in love with the car. Obsessed even. It's such a pure driver's car, so unbelievably tactile in the way it communicates, it pains me not to own one. 

Corey K
Corey K

Toyota 86: The sports car Jesus! lol

LuisferBellon
LuisferBellon

Increible trabajo GReaddy!!! me encanto el scion :D

pesugob6
pesugob6

can't believe i read all the comments.  guess thats the other experience of being on speedhunters. great discussion and insight to other countries.   Even though being in the states and having an affordable car, most people (IMO) still need or have saved money to purchase a car like this. but i think we also have the benefit of getting a car loan as opposed to other countries they straight out pay cash for everything.   Wonder why the US is such in an economic crisis? :) my2cents

Giovanni85
Giovanni85

I'm falling in love with the GT86...it's a bit priceyhere in Italy at 30k euro but I'd really like to own one...I'll just have to wait a bit more that the first used cars start to appear on the market...

MarkCuthbertt
MarkCuthbertt

I am still in love with the ZN6! I wonder if it would be cheaper to import one to the UK. One of my big goals for the next 18 months is to own a GT86, however the price for a new one in the UK is huge compared to the States. We pay £25k, thats a touch under 40 grand in USD! Might be something to consider or just buy one of the early 2 year old cars next year.

 

Also, that is one busy engine bay.

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

boy does that engine bay look full!

rbliberty08
rbliberty08

Greddy should have increase the hp to 378hp

jcali
jcali

Great feature! I'm so happy you guys featured this car, by far this is my favorite 86 to date.

Jordan_Burgess
Jordan_Burgess

It's nice, but after all the 86/FRS/BRZ goodness of TAS I've got bored of the Rocket Bunny kit. Hoping tuning companies will start exploring other options now that there are some.

Muzaffar Musa
Muzaffar Musa

its kinda funny how you say that the ZN6 is the car to save the tuning industry, and yet almost everyone totally forgot that there was actually one other "cheap and fun" RWD sports car that existed several years back. Anyone remembered the Hyundai Genesis Coupe? Its kinda sad how people just ignores that car just because its Korean and doesn't have the history that the GT86 has, but for the price and performance its a bargain compared to the 86! Then again, I think Hyundai kinda failed marketing the Genesis Coupe to begin with, and not selling them outside North America, Korea & China. Otherwise, I think there will be more tuners willing to build parts for the Genesis Coupe. Just my honest opinion here...

tanksnr
tanksnr

"capable of puckering the old butthole on occasion." Wut.

roeby
roeby

I am also getting a little tired of seeing these cars, but a nicely excuted 1like this is always worth a read.

econti
econti

man, i'm so keen in about 5 years or so when I actually have money and these have come down in price. They will be the ultimate grassroots dorifuto car.

LouisYio
LouisYio

The title, did what see I there you.

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

"I suspect for some of you it might be a little hard to sustain enthusiasm for the ZN6 at the moment, due largely to the massive saturation of the car, particularly in Japan this month."

 

Eventually, in my opinion,  people will begin ignoring this chassis altogether, kinda like that kid in school who's too good for everyone.

JDMized
JDMized

I really like this particular car, but with a 12.5:1 comp. ratio and a turbo, I'm not so sure how reliable the engine is (or will last).

I'd rather go the extra mile, build the bottom end with forged internals (and lower comp. ratio pistons) THEN boost the sucker!

albo13
albo13

Wish it was cheap in Oz, between $35-$49k for a new or demo model.


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