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Metal icons Slayer are all about fast, loud, and violent. The gothic-macabre Slayer Scion tC that Toyota will bring to SEMA this year embodies at least two of those qualities, with a skull-festooned aesthetic and an interior crammed full of with audio gear.
The black and red coupe has custom airbrushed skulls on either side and the Slayer eagle logo on the hood. Billet sword blade wheels with menacing spike center caps and ominous red lighting accents dial up the demonic aesthetic outside; that’s taken care of in the cabin by a skull shift knob and sword-hilt emergency brake handle. Custom seat inserts mimic the covering on a Marshall amp.
Don’t plan on bringing any back-seat passengers, though—as if they’d want to be stuck in the back of a tC anyway—as the Pioneer audio system packs a wall of speakers behind the front seats, while the hatchback opens up to reveal two suspended stacks of Marshall amps. A slide-out tray in the back bumper reveals two guitar jacks. Yes, you can plug directly into this car and use it as a mobile stack while the trunk-mounted 32-inch screen shows whatever your cold, metal heart desires.
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Scion’s annual Tuner Challenge, in which three tuners are given a Scion, $15,000, and 90 days to customize the car for the SEMA show, has become something we look forward to every year. For 2014, Scion has changed things up: instead of handing the cars over to tuners, the automaker issued its challenge to three media outlets: Super Street, Speedhunters, and the GT Channel. Just days before the cars (which are intended to take inspiration from the FR-S Release Series 1.0) make their official debut in Vegas, Scion has just provided some information and a slick YouTube video of how each team’s ride is coming along.
GT Channel Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S
The GT Channel chose to keep the body of its vinyl-wrapped FR-S mostly stock (i.e.: it didn’t fatten it) but it did add a sweet lower body kit, a modest (by SEMA standards) rear wing, and TRD HID headlights. The team also swapped in new taillights, side mirrors, and matte-blue 18-inch wheels. The hood, trunk cover, and rear diffuser are all carbon-fiber pieces. An HKS supercharger kit, a Ganador exhaust system, and a slammed suspension add some go to the Scion’s show, while the interior has been dressed with a TRD steering wheel and shift knob, Recaro seats, harnesses, and of course an upgraded sound system.
Speedhunters Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S
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Speedhunters’ entry is old-school in the best way possible. Think of vintage TRD, TRA Kyoto, Trans-Am, pro touring, and muscle cars, and it’s difficult not to draw a link. The team’s FR-S employs a Cosworth supercharger kit and a 3-inch single exit exhaust, among many other engine upgrades, and a suspension that drops the wide-body Scion down on its custom Rotiform 17-inch wheels. The body gets a new front splitter, fender flares, and hood louvers. The mirrors and door handles have been shorn off, and even the door glass was removed. The interior gets a four-point roll cage, low-back bucket seats, leather upholstery, and a quick-release steering wheel hub.
Super Street Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S
The team from Super Street chose to stay close to the overall look and color scheme of the FR-S Release Series 1.0 with its build car, only they cranked up the volume in pretty much every way. The body wears painted carbon-fiber side sill and splitter extensions, hood and trunk, and huge fender flares, all slammed down on top of ultra-wide 18-inch BBS wheels. The interior gets Recaros, a six-point roll cage, a quick-release steering wheel hub, custom upholstery, and massive audio upgrades. Under the hood, the FR-S’ boxer four engine gets individual throttle bodies and breathes through a Borla header and cat-back exhaust with quad tips.
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Honda has produced a video that showcases the duality between the European Civic hatchback and the Civic Type R concept. More accurately, Honda has produced two videos that sync up and show the separate paths taken by a driver in the Type R and the more pedestrian Honda Civic.