Scion Unveils the First Special Edition FR-S – the RS 1.0 (w/ Photo Gallery)

Scion FR-S RS 1

It’s finally here! For those of you who have been waiting to see if Scion would be releasing an RS version of the FR-S, the time has finally come.

For those who don’t know, every year Scion releases a new special edition version of their cars – a specific variation of options and sometimes otherwise unavailable additions (specifically paint colors) and only sells a limited amount of them, typically somewhere around 2,000. These probably haven’t picked up the limited edition higher-resale value status Scion was hoping for, but it’s a cool concept and something Scion owners can feel good about with their cars. For example, for 2013 Scion released the tC RS 8.0 in “Absolute Red”.

So at the 2014 New York Auto Show a few days ago, Scion unveiled the first version of the Release Series – or RS – the 1.0.

Only 1,500 of them will be made.

What what makes the Scion FR-S RS 1.0 so special?

Scion FR-S RS 1 RQ

Turns out you might actually want one.

The Scion FR-S (nearly synonymous with the Subaru BRZ or for our international friends, the Toyota FT-86,) is already an impressive performer.

200 hp and 151 lb-ft from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine may not sound like a lot, but the car is light, it’s put to the rear wheels, and it’s made for the power. Plus, there’s a lot more than power that determines the performance of a car.

The Looks

Scion FR-S RS 1 front

The obvious main change on the outside is the bright yellow paint which Scion calls “Yuzu”. What it covers is a custom-designed aero kit with a rear spoiler, side spoilers and side fender garnish, TRD quad tip exhaust (no mention as to whether or not it affects performance, so I’ll say it probably won’t), standard HID headlights, and TRD lowering springs (which should help performance a bit).

It’s what’s inside that counts

Scion FR-S RS 1 interior

Inside the cockpit, the steering wheel and shift knob are the TRD versions, and the cargo mat has a TRD logo on it too, for some reason. It also gets some seats that Scion call “Black” with the quotes and all, so I’m not sure what that means, but apparently it has a unique T-pattern.

You can get the 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle flappers.

To top it off, you’ll get a numbered badge – typical of any limited edition car – numbering which one of 1,500 yours is.

Anything else?

Scion FR-S RS 1 rear

If you’ve been on the fence about getting the Scion FR-S, this might tip you over the edge if you like the equipment package and color. It’s unique, and frankly, worth the price if it’s your thing. I especially like the TRD aero kit.

The RS 1.0 is expected to start at “under $30,000″ – so probably $29,995 – which is a few thousand over base price, and will be available starting in August as a 2015 model.

Visit TrueCar to see what others are really paying for this car!

2015 Scion FR-S RS 1.0 Photo Gallery

Chris Burdick

Chris Burdick

Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Hi! I founded Automoblog.net in May of 2006. I'm an avid sports car and supercar enthusiast. My favorite cars include the Audi R8, Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 VT, and Koenigsegg CCX. I think the Ferrari 360 Spider is still one of the most beautiful cars in existence. For “normal” cars, I tend to lean towards imports - Nissan, Audi, and of course the Italians. I'm in love with my Pearl Yellow (don't judge) 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo and plan to get around 550 HP to the rear wheels one day. I'm also a world traveler and have been backpacking Europe since March 2012, writing about cars along the way
Chris Burdick

@Automoblog

The car blog where auto enthusiasts mouth off to one another
2014 Hyundai Tucson driving http://t.co/54osicXE5m - 12 hours ago
Chris Burdick


Filed Under: Car NewsGalleryScion