Not able to make it to SEMA? No problem. Look vicariously at the FR-S/BRZ builds on display at SEMA via this SEMA 2012 Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ Live Photos Thread.

There are thousands of customized vehicles at the SEMA show every year, representing the best and most outrageous of the $30 billion aftermarket. Every year there’s nothing more fun than picking the king. To determine which one was the most popular on the show floor, SEMA itself started counting the cars three years ago, giving awards based on sheer numbers. Officials wandered the nearly 2 million square feet of show floor the night before the show opened and started counting. While they won’t release the exact figures, they did say which vehicle was most popular in each of four categories. And the winners are:

Hottest Sport Compact: Scion FR-S
– Hottest 4×4: Jeep Wrangler
– Hottest Truck: Ford F-series
– Hottest Car: Ford Mustang

See the full directory of SEMA FR-S/BRZ cars @

Tuesday October 30, 2012 00:26

This is a comprehensive list of EVERY SINGLE FR-S/BRZ that we have discovered at SEMA.

As we reported earlier, the Scion Tuner Challenge is back, and this time, the tuners in the competition are bringing their skills to the all-new Scion FR-S. All three were given a stock 2013 Scion FR-S, $15,000, and just 3 months to complete their build. The three cars are John Toca from Chicago, Illinois, Daniel Song from Orange County, California, and Chris Basselgia from Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

The finished vehicles will be unveiled in two days – on October 31st at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but HERE is a first look at all three builds. The winner will be determined at SEMA and will go home with a grand prize of $10,000!

Click through for photos of all 3 builds.

Friday October 26, 2012 09:39

TRD Japan has released some race spec parts lineup for the 86/FR-S.

The parts categories include chassis, exterior, vision, safety gear, operation, instrument panel, seat, interior, air conditioning, audio, and others.

Check out the full (translated) catalog inside, along with some photos.

Autocar has published its review and comparison which names its “Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2012.”

How did the FR-S/86/BRZ fare? We won’t spoil it for you, so read the full comparo inside.

Site member eurospeed has compiled and maintains our CEL / SL / Idle Issue Compilation List where FR-S/BRZ owners can reference the number of owners, their mileage, status of their cars along with other pertinent info with respect to the CEL/SL/idle issue.

While this idle issue may manifest itself as an initial dip, please only add your name if you have experienced a combination of the check engine light (CEL) and slip light (SL) in addition to the RPM hunting at idle (often severe shaking and stalling). The code your engine control unit (ECU) should have stored is P0019 (also optional P0017, P0018 or related cam codes).

Toyota and Subaru have developed various solutions for this issue which have not been consistent and may require multiple repairs or even vehicle replacement due to limited success. Repairs could include a combination of the following: replacing cam sprocket assemblies, replacing oil control valves, reflashing and/or replacing the ECU.

Reference the LIST INSIDE.

Tuesday October 23, 2012 08:00

Photos from this past weekend’s FR-S / BRZ owner’s meet in NY. See inside.