Scion has always had a strong showing at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and 2014 will be no exception. The youth-oriented brand is bringing a number of unique show cars out to the desert, including a '70s van-inspired xB and an FR-S with a removable roof. We were invited to a preview event ahead of the show next week, and got an up-close look at Scion's creative builds.
Retro Rolling Riley Hawk xB
If you're a fan of 1970s van style, you'll love what builder Scott Kanemura of KMA Productions did with this custom xB. Inspired by the interests of pro skater Riley Hawk, son of Tony Hawk, the xB features a wood-grain dash and interior trim, shag carpet headliner, 8-track tape deck, and captain's chairs upholstered in brown leather. The interior benefits from a few modern touches as well, including a Pioneer stereo system and a motorized rear-facing TV screen. Outside, '70s-style graphics, "fish bowl" porthole windows, van-like side mirrors, chrome-plated Cragar alloy wheels, and non-functional dual side exhaust tips help sell the look. In addition, a cargo box with an INNO rack system can store skateboards.
Targa Top FR-S T-1
Though there's still no production FR-S convertible in sight, Scion will bring out this concept with a removable targa top next week. Built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs, the car features a black and Azzuro California Blue two-tone paint scheme, and gets an all-metal wide body treatment along with the signature targa top. The show car also gets an integrated rear spoiler, rear window louvers, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, a KW coilover suspension, and a Wilwood big brake kit with nickel-plated calipers. For power, the open-air FR-S relies on a GReddy street turbo kit.
Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC
Scion might not be the first brand you'd think would join forces with thrash metal band Slayer, but the two paired to give us the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC nevertheless. The car wears the band's logo on the hood, and gets a blacked-out exterior treatment complete with airbrushed skulls, suicide doors, and Billet Slayer sword blade wheels with spikes for center caps. The show car's real wow factor is delivered by its custom Pioneer audio system, which includes speaker towers, a mixer, and a 32-inch screen. Slayer band members will plug in their guitars at the show to demonstrate the system's abilities.
Scion Tuner Challenge Entries
In addition to Scion's own show cars, the vehicles participating in the 10th annual Scion Tuner Challenge were also on display. Each participant received a Scion FR-S and $15,000 to build a show car inspired by the FR-S Release Series 1.0. Our sister publication Super Street was among the three competitors, and brought out a Yuzu Yellow FR-S featuring a Rocket Bunny wide body kit and a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-four with individual throttle bodies.