Scion shows off its SEMA cars

Old 10-27-2011, 04:48 PM
  #1  
1.0 BAR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 577
Default Scion shows off its SEMA cars





At a thumping club-scene reveal in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Scion debuted seven cars that will be on the stand at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next week. We immediately picked a favorite.

To make the iQ MR, fabricator John Kuchta of Specialty Cars in Fullerton, Calif., took an ordinary Scion iQ, removed the stock 1.3-liter four and its accompanying continuously variable transmission, and put in a 1.5-liter four with a manual transmission--both mounted in the back! A rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive screamer with a lively manual transmission instead of the soul-sucking CVT is just what Toyota's youth division needs, so we spent the entire evening cornering Scion executives and trying to convince them to let us drive it.

Of course, there are hurdles still to overcome, such as starting the engine. When Specialty Cars performed this Frankensteinian engine swap, it used an AEM engine-management system, and in the short time Specialty Cars had to try, it couldn't get that to work. Since the car belongs to Scion, it's not clear whether it will ever be sorted out, let alone run in anger around a racetrack as we implored the Scion people to let us do. Even a small autocross course would be fine, preferably one in the snow somewhere.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/2011...#ixzz1c1Ncw6II
HMT-Roger is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
HMT-Roger
Auto News
0
11-03-2011 07:26 PM
HMT-Roger
Auto News
0
10-27-2011 04:39 PM
Turbo News
Auto News
1
10-23-2010 06:11 PM
Donald125
General Discussion
56
11-05-2007 05:01 AM
SkunT
General Discussion
25
10-17-2004 04:11 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Scion shows off its SEMA cars


Contact Us - Sitemap - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.