The Scion isn't too bad as a method of transportation but somehow, I find it hard to believe that anyone would spend more on the 'pimp job' than the vehicle's initial purchase price! Seems like such a waste of hard earned cash. Are you sure this wasn't government funded?
Lets see...seeing how I've built many big block Chevy mototrs for Jet Dragboats and 4 wheeled applications, I'd just love to hear what has been done to that 454 to make 540hp with only 539lb ft of torque...the math here doesn't add up as usual...especially considering the peanut heads in the 454 truck engines are about useless once much over the 350hp mark. Even a blower or turbo application will fall well short of those numbers on a stock 454...don't you mean 240hp???
FYI, I built a 565 this spring for a boat Jimmy, naturally aspirated on pump gas that makes 622hp and 749lb ft of torque. It currently powers a 21' Eliminator to consistent 105mph verified on GPS...and it gets there real quick too! Sorry, your numbers isn't realistic nor attainable without considerable modifications that would make the vehicle unsuitable for street use...like Ken, I was born at night, but not last night...
No hate at all, just pointing out the obvious to those who doesn't already know about some of these dillusional posts being made by a youngster.
As for the Scion, I must admit I believe Toyota has another real winning lineup here. They didn't bring this line on board to compete with the more upscale offerings they and other manufacturers make, but rather an affordable alternative for those on a tighter budget. Obviously thugh, when these are modified extensively they're very cool to say the least...their little box truck on wheels is a superb canvas for many people as I've seen quie a few of these getting modified...would make an excellent rig hauler for those sporting compact systems to be sure!
Great idea for Toyota...start the youngsters out on the Scion brand, then move into Toyota as they get older and finally into Lexus when they truly arrive...superb marketing!