Toyota and Subaru’s creation of the Scion FR-S has been given a near complete makeover by the ever innovative tuner Cartel Customs. Originally inspired by three of Toyota’s car models including the Sports 800, 2000GT and the Corolla GT-S, the Scion FR-S is a vehicle designed and created to deliver superior performance and with its all-new look and features, might just make it better than it already is.
Cartel Customs, a California-based company that has a reputation for prominently transforming many cars in the past, has done perfectly well to turn the Scion FR-S to a topless performer (no pun intended). Led by Jeremy Lookofsky, the Cartel Customs team has removed the roof of the Cartel Speedster and lowered the windshield. The side windows have also been sloped and the FR-S also features a double-bubble deck lid, giving it a classic speedster appearance. The hood and front fenders have also been modified, while at the rear, is a large 61-inch carbon-fiber wing.
To give it a more sporty finish, Cartel has painted the FR-S in a two-tone red and white color teamed with hand-laid graphics. The interiors include red racing seats, a dash and center console with white accents, bare-bones racer steering wheel besides center stack gauge clusters.
Further enhancements to the custom FR-S’ powertrain include an upgraded ACT clutch, suspension and GReddy SP Elite exhaust. Wilwood brakes have been fitted to give it superior braking performance. Power basically remains the same with a 200hp, 2.0-liter flat-4 engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. Cartel Customs have also given the Scion FR-S larger 18x8-inch front wheels and 18x9.5-inch for the rear, along with Toyo Proxes R888 tires for just the right grip.
The Cartel Speedster appears to be a pretty impressive performer and is likely to excite enthusiasts. The Cartel Speedster FR-S is slated to make its debut at the 2012 Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.