We’ve actually seen a lot of manufacturers and tuning shops looking back at those roots as well with cars like the Mercedes-Benz SLR Sterling Moss, the Callaway C16 Speedster, the Mazda MX-5 Speedster concept, and track day cars like the Arial Atom. You also have attempts like the Porsche Boxster Spyder that isn’t really a convertible; it’s made to be driven with no roof. I love all of these cars and would love to drive any one of them as much as the next.
When I see another manufacture showing off what they are toughing as a true speedster sports car, it perks my ears right up. The Scion FR-S hasn’t even hit showroom floors yet and we already have a one-off. Built in conjunction with Iacona Design and Cartel Customs, this Scion FR-S Speedster was made to embody Toyota’s years in Indy Car racing.
They will be showing this car at the 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It will be on display in the Lifestyle Expo lobby and will only be driven as a parade vehicle. We might actually get an up-close and personal look at the FR-S Speedster in a few weeks as it’s supposed to be attending an event we’re attending. Getting seat time with this car is very unlikely though.
And that’s the big problem with a speedster/roadster. They are almost always one-offs or concept cars or they cost a ton of money. Also they can’t really be everyday cars. They are always going to be a gimmick car or a toy car for the person that has enough money to own a third or fourth car for the fun of it.
Let us know what you think about this car and Speedsters/Roadsters in general. Do you like the idea of manufacturers building these? Do you like them? Would you just rather have a coupe? Let us know in the comments below.
Scion FR-S Speedster Specifications
Length: 166.7 in.
Width: 69.9 in.
Height: 40.2 in.
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
Flat 2.0L boxer engine
Maximum output: 200hp @ 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 151 lb.-ft @ 6,600 rpm
TORCO Synthetic SR-5 Racing Oil
GReddy SP Elite Exhaust System
Chassis / Suspension:
KW Suspensions Clubsport Coilovers (independent rebound and compression adjustability)
Wilwood SUPERLITE 6-piston radial mount calipers in custom red on 13”
SRP drilled and slotted two-piece rotors & BP-10
Wilwood Smart Pads
Wheels & Tires:
Front: 18 x 8.0 Forge Line center lock wheels
Back: 18 x 9.5 Forge Line center lock wheels
Front: 225/40/18 TOYO Proxes R888
Back: 245/40/18 TOYO Proxes R888