2015 Scion FRS Series 1.0: Like a batmobile out of hell!

Written by on June 14, 2015 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 14 Comments

KrystynaLagowskiScionFRSThis year, sportscar fever gripped me a little later than usual. That’s good, because last year I came down with a bad case of it in March, and consequently got a Toyota Scion FRS stuck in the snow. So this year, it was only fair to give the Scion FRS another chance, but in decent weather. And as soon as I got the spec sheet from Toyota, I could see this was no ordinary FRS – it was a special edition with a custom Toyota Racing Department (TRD) body kit, in a colour called “Yuzu.” Hmm.

And “Yuzu” turned out to be a dramatic shade of yellow – hardly the mellow yellow of song, but more like a bellow yellow. Yup, this 2015 Toyota Scion FRS Series 1.0 was a blistering yellow batmobile!

Not only could people see me coming, they could also hear me coming. That’s because this little beauty had a custom TRD exhaust to match its body kit. It was all sassy flourishes, from a sneering lower front lip arcing back to a flippant rear spoiler, and a rowdy purr that tickled my eardrums.

ScionFrontViewIt’s really the only way to travel, slung low to the blacktop behind a curved nose that jutted out impertinently, ready to chew up the road. Pushing the start button, a low honeyed rumble tickled the firewall and spread under my seat, sure-footedly percolating throughout the cabin, and out the quad-tip exhaust. A mere tap on the accelerator sent a thundering blaze of bass ripping through the car and shook my heart. The soundquake gripped my wrists and I punched into gear, opening up down the road, my head swimming in the joyful resonance.

And that was just the beginning. The Scion turned heads wherever I drove, along College Street, where a comely young man on a bicycle whirred by, did a double take, and gave me a thumbs-up. As we murmured at a stoplight, I absent-mindedly patted the accelerator, and the Scion responded with a thundering growl. Oops! I prayed no police were in the vicinity, as I might surely be mistaken for a tuner punk. Well, at least until they looked inside.

ScionSideViewOne day, I drove with my cousin up to a friend’s used car dealership to cash in his elderly Benz. As might be expected, the yellow batmobile garnered the lion’s share of attention, while the geriatric C320 huddled in a corner. It was a little like showing up at the high school prom with Jon Bon Jovi. My friend and his partner couldn’t tear themselves away from the Scion, admiring its sleek and sexy lines. I fired up the Boxer engine so they could marvel at its mellifluous thunder, hoping to segue into a dialogue about the Benz’s own elegant assets, but alas, it was not to be.

And there was one party whose attention I could have done without – the local parking authorities. Let it be noted here that I always contribute to the meter, and if I sometimes loiter longer than expected, it’s usually overlooked. But the yellow batmobile drew parking cadets like flies. Two parking tickets in as many days – that’s twice as many as I get in an entire year! So I kept the Scion off the street, and coughed up serious bucks for underground parking lots. I wonder if Bruce Wayne had this problem?

Then one morning, I noted that the action adventure “Suicide Squad” was filming right here in Toronto. Never mind that Jared Leto, Ben Affleck, Margot Robie were in town. The real stars were the cars, and the main drags had been shut down overnight for chase scenes between the for-real Batmobile and the Joker’s fuchsia Lamborghini.

Imagine that!

I just hope we didn’t confuse anyone.

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14 Comments on "2015 Scion FRS Series 1.0: Like a batmobile out of hell!"

  1. Phoenicia June 16, 2015 at 3:23 am · Reply

    What an experience it must have been to have driven this beauty!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm · Reply

      Sometimes I have to pinch myself, Phoenicia, to make sure I’m not dreaming. Then I look at the fuel gauge and reality sets in!

  2. Jacqueline Gum June 16, 2015 at 11:08 am · Reply

    Bellow yellow – I love that! Sorry about the parking tickets, but it IS a color that screams look at me! How cool that they were filming a chase scene so near to you! With this baby, I’m sure you fit right in!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm · Reply

      Jacqui, I was so hoping to smoke the Batman or Joker. Too bad I didn’t have yellow dust to trail behind me.

  3. Donna Janke June 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm · Reply

    That yellow sports car is certainly an attention-getter. You have to love driving something that gets a thumbs up from a passing cyclist!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm · Reply

      Yep, there’s no denying the looks and sound of the Scion turned heads everywhere! It’s an unusual looking car to begin with, and I’m sure folks thought it was some sort of exotic import. I loved explaining that it was, indeed, a Toyota.

  4. Jeri June 18, 2015 at 5:36 am · Reply

    I’ve often wondered at the type of personality that will buy a screaming yellow car 😉 I gotta admit I was pretty close to getting a yellow mustang, but ultimately went with the very mundane silver… The way you compare showing up with the car to being like going to prom with Jon Bon Jovi is priceless and spot on. Driving a sports car like the Scion garners all sorts of attraction that others cars don’t.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm · Reply

      Jeri, that car stood out wherever we went. So while I did mind my manners for the most part, the Scion got the better of me, especially in the twisty bits of the road. Anyone who drives in a hot yellow car must looove attention. If you’ve just had a bad haircut, well, too bad!

  5. Ken Dowell June 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm · Reply

    Krystyna, you make driving that car sound like an amusement park ride. Folks must of been looking for their sunglasses when that blazing Yuzu-mobile came barreling down the street.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Reply

      Haha, thanks Ken. Further to your point, I have been told that driving with me can be somewhat similar to The Wild Mouse or other midway ride. Maybe I should charge admission!

  6. A.K.Andrew June 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm · Reply

    Wow – sounds like you had a really fun time with this one. And frankly your writing was particularly stellar in this post. You most definitely have a book in you somewhere. i hope you explore it some day:-)

  7. Tim June 19, 2015 at 11:26 pm · Reply

    That may be…that is the coolest car you have written about. Apart from the financial burden of excess ticketing that yellow bird is a great way to fly the coop on a daily basis. I could see me in one of those. Very nice.

  8. William Rusho June 21, 2015 at 4:25 am · Reply

    That is one cool looking car. I appreciate you telling us about it. I like this scion.

  9. Beth Niebuhr June 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm · Reply

    What fun! You certainly weren’t inconspicuous with the bellow yellow paint and the “look at me” voice of the engine!

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