2015 SEMA Preview: The Scion iM Illest Tuner Concept joins the party at Las Vegas this year

Scion’s revealing a total of four concepts based on the new iM and iA compacts this year for the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Here’s another one of those concepts, due to sit next to the Scion iA customized by Eddie Huang–meet the Scion iM Illest Tuner Concept.

The concept was modified and themed by creative director of Illest, Mark Arcenal, who designed the car to reflect the rich Japanese VIP culture in the Japanese Domestic Market.

This means the Scion iM Illest comes with a lowered suspension, large multi-spoke wheels (notice how they aren’t cambered ridiculously), a subtle body kit, all for a clean, fresh look.

You can check out the Illest Scion iM at this year’s SEMA show during the exhibition.


Scion Showcases Fashion and Passion

Specialty Cars to Shine at SEMA 
October 29, 2015
2015 SEMA – Scion Tuner Challenge – illest iM Specs
2015 SEMA – Scion Tuner Challenge – Crooks & Castles iM Specs
2015 SEMA – Skybound Entertainment/Robert Kirkman Outcast Scion Specs
2015 SEMA – Eddie Huang Scion iA Specs TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2015) – Creative visions of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and Scion iA sedan are ready for Las Vegas lights. The cars were previewed in the downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District ahead of their debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 3-6. For the 11th Annual Scion Tuner Challenge, remixed versions of the all-new sporty 2016 iM 5-door hatchback were created by prominent streetwear brands illest and Crooks & Castles. Each received a Scion iM and a $15,000 build budget to put a unique spin on the car.
Mark Arcenal, creative director of illest, drew inspiration for his iM concept from the Japanese VIP world, a clear departure from the race-inspired tC he built at the 2008 Scion Tuner Challenge. “With a background in motorsports, I went with familiarity for my previous Scion Tuner Challenge experience. I wanted to push the boundaries even further this time,” Arcenal said. “The iM has a sporty look I thought would mesh well with the aggressive VIP style, making for the perfect combo to win the competition.”

In partnership with Toyo Tires, Scion will bring all four customized vehicles to the SEMA Show, where fans can get their first up-close look at each modified edition. Both Scion Tuner Challenge vehicle entries will be judged by a panel consisting of the previous year’s participants, Super Street magazine, GT Channel and Speedhunters. Scion will announce the grand prize winner of $10,000 at the L.A. Auto Show on Nov. 28, hosted by Eddie Huang.  

Fans of the Scion Tuner Challenge can follow along by visiting www.ScionRacing.com for blog entries, photos and video content. Fans can also tune in to the Scion Racing Twitter and Instagram for an additional looks at the builds by using the hashtags #ScionTunerChallenge and #Scion.

Features & Specs
• Dark Grey color change with Safari wrap
• Brembo4-piston caliper with a 380mm disc
• Rotiform1 of 1RSE mesh 19″ wheels
• Rays Engineering Lug Nuts
• Toyo Tires 225/35R19
• Air Lift Performance 3H Digital Air Suspension
• MBQuartSeparates, Amplifiers & Subs
• Suede & Leather Interior by DJ Designs
• MomoMotorsports Shift Knob
• Vip’dOut Front andRear Trays

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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