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Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S edition

The Scion FR-S and its twin, the Subaru BRZ, were likely some of the most talked about sporty production cars of last year.

I was called upon to judge production versions of the FR-S and BRZ separately and together, and every time I got behind the wheel of either car, I could easily see myself being a happy owner and modding the crap out of it.

However, I haven't done so for a number of reasons, but what I got to do was just as good.

As part of the Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S edition, members of the media (such as moi) were given the opportunity to drive and evaluate each Tuner Challenge FR-S and score them.



Scores were based on a series of principles, such as drivability, engine performance, handling, and braking. A few other criteria including fit and finish, comfort, and technology required scores, but in this game it's all about covering ground through apexes, going sideways, and flying in a straight line -- and, looking good while you're at it.

What is the Tuner Challenge?

The Tuner Challenge consists of a competition that pits three teams that were given a new Scion FR-S and the mandate to modify each and put them through a series of 11 events. The winning team of the Challenge gets to keep their car.

Some of the events include: Time Attack, Drag Racing, an Endurance test, and the all-important Show and Shine. I was called upon for the Media Challenge.

2013 Scion FR-S
The Tuner Challenge consists of a competition that pits three teams that were given a new Scion FR-S and the mandate to modify each and put them through a series of 11 events. (Photo: Mathieu St-Pierre)