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7 most popular tuner cars for gear heads

Scion FR-S
Scion FR-S
  • Price: $24,500

A relative newcomer to the tuner scene, the Scion FR-S shares nearly all of its mechanicals with the Subaru BRZ, equally popular among tuners. This includes the Subaru-engineered, flat, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, delivering a low center of gravity and almost perfectly balanced front-to-rear weight distribution.

"The FR-S traces its roots back to the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Toyota AE86 coupe," Gonzalez says. "Owning one today is like having a cellar full of vintage wine. Toyota fans and tuners alike have been waiting for a new 86. Not until Toyota collaborated with Subaru to introduce the FS-R and BRZ was the wait over. The aftermarket responded with tons of modifying kits. The AE86 lives on."

The FR-S' 2-liter, flat four-cylinder engine develops 200 horsepower that goes to the rear wheels by way of either a six-speed manual or six-speed driver-shiftable automatic transmission.

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