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Top 10 Scions to Remember

Scion is gone but its legacy remains in these trailblazing builds.

Feb 4, 2016
Photographer: Super Street Staff

Don't mind us while we cry our eyes out. After nearly 13 years of existence, Scion is closing shop, and we're super bummed about Toyota's youth brand going bye-bye. But on the bright side the ZN6 FR-S/BRZ/86 chassis isn't going away, rather it's being rebadged as a Toyota, as it should be - and the other existing Scion models will become Toyotas as well. While we go through the five stages of grief, we want to look back at all the coolest Scions we've come across, in no particular order. And no, they're not all FR-Ss! We even got an iQ up in there.

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Ken Gushi's Greddy Racing Scion FR-S
This is what happens when Greddy and Ken Gushi go balls to wall and build the car of their dreams. The FA20 flat-4 motor is gone but in its place is a Greddy-built, 3.4-liter 2JZ-GTE inline-6 with a Greddy T88H-38GK turbo.

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5Axis Pioneer Scion xB
If she don't know Orange Bang, she's too young for you, bro! Twelve years ago Five Axis founder and head honcho, Troy Sumitomo, had a concept of building a mobile DJ vehicle. The car is proof that the widebody trend has come full circle. We need to bring this back and party!

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G-Games Scion tC
While the xA and first-gen. xB have Japanese counterparts, for a long time the tC remained unknown to Japanese consumers. G-Games, an old subdivision of Rays wheels, bought a tC, made it a demo car, and even displayed it at Tokyo Auto Salon. They put on a Greddy turbo kit and rocked the hell out of a Kaminari body kit.

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World Racing Scion tC
Chris Rado is credited with making the first ever all-wheel-drive Scion tC. Sure, he could've easily just built an EVO and probably spend half as much money, but the tC showed his love and commitment to Toyota.

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Bowls Scion xB
Another thing we'll truly miss is the annual Scion Tuner Challenge (a project car build-off with the winner announced at the SEMA Show), which yielded some pretty rad creations. One of our favorites was the Bowls xB; Brandon Leung, founder of Bowls LA, chopped up one of the rolling boxes to make a retro-styled truck. The pickup conversion even sports an equally awesome matching Honda Ruckus. Heck, it even had an NOS dual-stage nitrous fogger system.

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Super Street Scion Tuner Challenge Scion FR-S
While we're talking about Tuner Challenge, we can't forget our little contribution. We did a mixture of Rocket Bunny version one and version two flares and did the only ITB setup in America. We ended up taking second place overall.

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Fredric Aasbo's Papadakis Racing Scion tC
A front-wheel-drive four banger may not sound like a driftable platform, let alone make a championship-winning car, but when you pair a talented driver such as Fredric Aasbo with an iconic team manager, racecar builder, and wheelman like Stephan Papadakis, you pretty much have the formula for success. The unusual platform basically forced them to figure out what a drift car really needs; in addition to changing the drivetrain layout to RWD, they stroked the second-gen. tC's 2.4-liter 2AR-FE to 2.7L, turbocharged it, and on top of all that introduced nitrous to combustion to coax around 800 to 1,000hp out of the mill.

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Evasive Motorsports Scion iQ
It takes true talent to take the least interesting car in Scion's lineup and turn it into a racecar. The guys at Evasive Motorsports rocked SEMA 2011 with their Scion iQ dubbed EVS iQ-RS. It had everything from custom fender flares, a Voltex GT wing, and Advan Racing wheels - the works!

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Noel Barnum Varis Scion FR-S
If there's anybody that's on top of FR-S trends, it's this guy. When the Rocket Bunny game got saturated, he did a complete makeover with a Varis body kit, polished Vortech supercharger, and sexy Professor TF1 wheels.

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Johan Esbensen Scion xB
Sure, the xB was made to be a youth hipster mobile, but Johan Esbensen had other plans. He contacted mad scientist Stephan Papadakis to do a Supra 2JZ-GTE engine swap and rear-drive conversion. It took more than 500 hours of work, but they pulled it off.

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