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Lexus FR-S Spotted Badge Trolling: Actually a Great Idea

One Scion FR-S owner in Virginia decided to give the Toyobaru project and interesting twist, fitting Lexus badges to his car, as you can see above. The move has obviously split opinions online, with certain people labeling this under “fake”, while others approved the trolling.
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We’re with the second camp here, for a pretty simple reason. Anybody passionate enough to care about the badge on this FR-S knows there’s no L-badged version of the car, so even is the owner was trying to trick people into believing he’s driving something more expensive, the scheme would be a failure.

Still, as a trolling move, this is pretty cool, as one or two aficionados might be caught wondering whether Lexus has decided to give the world its take on the compact sportscar matter.

A Lexus-built Toyobaru would make for a pretty nice proposal

Silly debates aside, a Lexus version of the Toyobaru wouldn’t be a bad idea. Sure, it wouldn’t make too much commercial sense, since we already have the Toyota GT 86, Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S, so the thing would appeal to an extremely tight niche.

Nonetheless, those customers would be truly happy and that’s because the affordable tag of the Toyobaru has deprived the car of certain amenities that would enlarge its appeal.

The premium additions to the cabin are sine qua non here, but the transformation could go beyond this. Quite a lot of owners have complained about the lack of grunt and a bigger engine would solve this matter.

Toyota isn’t quite a fan of turbocharging, so the natural aspiration would be kept, which means the character of the car wouldn’t be diminished. For instance, the 3.5-liter V6 on the IS 350 would delivers 306 horses to those rear wheels.

In case you’re wondering how this would affect the balance of the sportscar, you should know the D1 drifting championship enchants its spectators with a GT 86 powered by the IS F’s 5-liter V8. We admit, this is a bit of an exaggeration, but it all goes to show what happens when the Toyobaru chassis receives serious work.

We’re not expecting Lexus to put its badge on a Toyobaru anytime soon though, so for now the Virginia trolling is all we have.
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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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