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Scion FR-S – More of the Same

Rounding out the Toyobaru trio of GT86 variants is the new Scion FR-S.  Like the Subaru BRZ shown yesterday, the Scion has subtle differences to set it apart from the GT86 and BRZ.  The headlamps appear to be toned down a bit and the front fascia is a little cleaner than the others.  Also gone is the gaudy fender vents that are found on the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ versions.   Scion has said that the first number in the price of the car will start with a 2.  We’re going to guess somewhere in the $24,000 range but we will find out for sure soon.

We’ve got the full press release and photo gallery after the jump.  We’ve thrown the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 galleries in there as well so you can compare all three.  Let us know which one is your favorite!

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Subaru Unveils Subaru BRZ at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Subaru pulled the wraps off the BRZ sports coupe last night at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.  If the BRZ looks nearly identical to the Toyota GT86 we showed you earlier in the week, it’s because they are exact clones with the exception of a few styling distinctions on the interior and exterior.  The most noticeable changes are the front bumper and the lack of rear spoiler on the BRZ.  On the inside, the designs are identical once again with the exception of choices in materials and trim colors.  The powertrain remains unchanged from the Toyota GT86 with the same 2.0-liter boxer engine which makes 200hp and 151 lb/ft of torque.

We have a full photo gallery and the Subaru press release after the jump.

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Nissan Reveals Juke Nismo Concept

Nissan has announced that they will be making the world debut of the Juke Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show later this week.  Though the press release from Nissan is mostly filled with fluff about driver experience and stuff that doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that the Juke Nismo concept features a fairly attractive body kit which Nissan says effectively reduces the amount of lift on the Juke without increasing drag to help improve traction. Nismo suspension bits have been added to stiffen the Juke and give it a more aggressive stance in  Wider Nismo 19″ wheels finish off the look while also giving the Juke a larger contact patch.  Nissan also mentions that the engine has been upgraded using Nismo specific parts but doesn’t go into any great depth about what parts are used or what the resulting power output is.

The Juke Nismo Concept looks pretty much ready to go for showrooms so we’d expect it to go on sale in the near future in some form or fashion.  You can also bet on a full line of Nismo aftermarket parts being made available to fit onto existing Juke models.    We have to say that the Juke has certainly grown on us over the last few months and that this Nismo Juke Concept looks pretty damn cool.  We hope to see them on the roads before too long.

Volkswagen Announces Passat Alltrack

Volkswagen has announced an addition to the Passat lineup with the Passat Alltrack for the European market.  Available only in estate form, the Passat Alltrack features Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine in either 140 PS or 170 PS flavors.  The 140 PS models are mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the 170 PS models get a six-speed DSG transmission as standard.

To back up the Alltrack name, Volkswagen has fitted the Passat with front and rear underbody skid plates, and has increased ground clearance from 135mm to 165mm.  As a result, breakaway angle has increased from 9.5 degrees to 12.8 degrees and restyled bumpers increase approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees.  Volkswagen has also altered the ESP programming on the Passat Alltrack to make it better suited for loose surfaces by making use of an electronic differential to control wheel spin.

The Passat Alltrack will make its debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe in July, though there is no word on this model making its way over to the North American market.