Scion tC

Scion tC

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show holds a very special place in our hearts, largely because it’s a different take on what an auto show traditionally is. Instead of debuting production cars or unveiling concept cars, SEMA is the place where automakers show off customized versions of their respective production models. This year, Scion was one of the first to unveil its SEMA plans when it released the first details on its SEMA-bound models, including the Slayer-inspired "Mobile Amp" tC sports coupe .

The Slayer Mobile Amp tC is far from a sheep wearing wolf’s clothing. It’s an all-out assault to your senses, a living (albeit on four wheels) embodiment of Slayer’s aggressive and style of music. The exterior and interior of the tC sports coupe received equal amounts of details attributed to Slayer. The car is currently being built by Mike Vu of MV DESIGNZ.

No official pictures have also been released, but I can already tell you that this program isn’t for the weak of heart. If I know Scion like I think I do, the company’s not going to settle for anything less than to make Tom Araya and the rest of the band proud to have their names attached to it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC.

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The second model in Scion ’s new Monogram Series set to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is based on the recently revised tC . Just like with its FR-S brother, Scion will inject the new tC Monogram Series with lots of luxury features that will help draw higher-end buyers to the brand.

Of course, we would have preferred to see some more changes to the tC ’s exterior, but Scion decided that only the interior needed most of the extra love to "provide a great price to go head-to-head with the competition and encourage more drivers to get excited about experiencing a Scion."

The new Scion tC Monogram Series is limited to 2,500 units this year and hits dealerships starting in February 2014. Prices start from $21,400 for the six-speed manual version and $22,400 for the six-speed sequential automatic version.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion tC Monogram Series.

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The second winner of this year’s Scion Tuner Challenge is Josh Croll from Mertztown, Pa. and the owner of Croll’s Customs. Just like the two other winners, he received a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days. The model is now on display at the 2013 SEMA Show , next to all the other tuning kits from Scion.

Croll opted to design the only right-hand drive tC in the world. His car features a flashy hot-rod orange color, Croll also gave the timid tC an aggressive look by way of a set of wide wheels housed by a wide-body kit. In designing the car, Croll took inspiration from every aspect of the automotive lifestyle, given his goal was to create a vehicle loaded with everything you need to have fun, while remaining functional.

Croll started his work under the hood where he increased the output to 324 horsepower. To achieve this massive boost in power — up from the stock 179 horsepower — the tuner installed a Dezod Motorsports turbo kit with a Garrett turbocharger, replaced the manifold and the intercooler pipes, added a new 2.5-inch intake system and installed a new DEI titanium exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion WSD-tC by Josh Croll.

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A while ago, Scion announced its usual "Tuner Challenge" competition for the upcoming 2013 SEMA Show . From all the entries the tuner had to select only three winners and each of them received a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days.

One of these modified cars will be a tC designed and modified by Young Tea, from Alhambra, Calif. His car was built in his personal garage and is suitable both for the track and daily driving.

His “Simpli-tC” concept took a base Scion tC and added an aggressive exterior kit that includes new fenders, a custom dual-outlet exhaust rear diffuser and many more, but it also lowered the car’s ride for a more aggressive look.

He did lots of work under the hood too, but up to this point the specifications figures have been kept a secret. However, we are pretty sure that his car will deliver more than the standard 180 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea.

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With the exception of the FR-S , Scion has long been a brand we pretty much shied away from. Not that there’s anything wrong with it; it’s just not the type of automaker that we follow. However, when Scion began teasing the fact that it was set to unveil an all-new tC at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, our ears perked up just a little bit.

For those that don’t remember, the tC was, at one time, the talk of Scon, as it was the only real “sports” model that the econo-box manufacturer offered. However, when Scion redesigned the model in 2011, it left a whole lot to be desired.

Well, with all of the teasing coming out of the Scion offices about the 2014 tC, we should be ready for something that’ll take our breath away, right?

Updated 05/15/2014: Scion today announced prices for the 2015 tC, plus a series of small updates that will make the sports car even more pleasant to drive. The model gets two new colors: Cosmic Gray replaces Classic Silver and Super White, while the automatic models will get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Prices will start from $19,210 for the manual version and $20,360 for the automatic one.

Click past the jump to find out if the tC impressed or fell on its face

Scion has announced the special edition tC Release Series 8.0 (tC RS 8.0) - a model which will be on display in the Scion pit area at the next round of Formula DRIFT in Monroe, Washington on July 22-23, 2012. There will only be 2,000 units built, with prices going from $21,815 for the models equipped with a six-speed manual up to $22,865 for the models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Scion tC Release Series 8.0 will be painted exclusively in Absolutely Red combined with contrasting black on the side view mirrors and on the 18" alloy wheels. Next to this paint scheme, the tC RS 8.0 will also receive an exterior kit inspired by Troy Sumitomo of Five Axis: front and rear lower valences, side skirts, and a rear spoiler.

For the interior, the Scion tC will get sporty seats wrapped in texturized black fabric with red stitching, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and an individually numbered badge commemorating the unique model.

Scion is also offering a series of performance parts from Toyota Racing Development (TRD), including lowering springs and an exhaust system that is integrated into the center of the rear lower valence.

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With the exception of the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro , sports cars - modified ones, at that - are considered the life blood of the SEMA Auto Show.

Pick-ups and SUVs are slowly gaining ground, but when it comes to sheer level of interest, sports cars are right up there with the two American muscle cars. This year, the SEMA Auto Show will be presenting plenty of mouth-watering examples of how sports coupes can be modded into pieces of automotive heaven.

In this list, you’ll find a lot of variety. American sports cars. Japanese sports cars. Korean sports cars. And there’s even one from the Philippines, believe it or not.

So when you head past the jump to read our SEMA preview for the sports cars, be sure to have a napkin or hanky in your hand because there’s going to a lot of drooling.

Find out more about the 2011 SEMA Auto Show: Sports Cars after the jump.

Taking a break from the Scion iQ lovefest at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show is this Scion tC that was built and designed by Dynamic. Called the ’Gruppe S,’ the aftermarket company was able to bring a sprightly tC coupe and turn it into a race-ready sportster that’s primed and ready for some tarmac action.

The exterior modifications include a KW 3-way race coilover suspension, a carbon hood and carbon trunk from Seibon, a front carbon splitter and GT wing from APR, a 5-axis lip spoiler, a one-piece roof from Papadakis Racing, and a set of 18" Hankook wheels with a TRD Big Brake Kit. As for the interior, the upgrades include Recaro SPG Hans seats with Sparco race harnesses and a custom-built 6-point race cage.

Under its hood, Dynamic added a GReddy turbo kit and a front mounted cooler to the Scion tC’s 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, spiking the coupe’s output to unimaginable heights.

We have no idea how many ponies were added to the equation, but rest assured, this particular tC coupe will carry more than the 180-horsepower output from the standard version.

Updated 11/09/2011: Check the picture gallery to see new images of the Scion tC Gruppe S by Dynamic from the SEMA Show.

John Pangilinan came to the 2010 SEMA Show with his own version of the Scion tC sports car, but the competition for this customized ride may have been too much to handle as there were five customized tCs at SEMA ready to strut their stuff. The most intimidating for this version was the tC customized by James Lin . Lin threw everything he had at the sports car and the result was a car that we would even take out and about. That being said, Pangilinan was a tough competitor as well as he tweaked the engine of this bad boy enough to tickle our fancies.

Pangilinan piqued our interest with a new turbocharger kit, a stainless steel turbo manifold, a new intake system, and RC 750cc injectors fitted right under the hood of the tC. We don’t know exactly what these changes have resulted in, since no official numbers were given, but we can’t imagine a tuner would strap on 18" race wheels and a new Brembo Gran Turismo Big brake kit for a minor boost.

The exterior of the Scion tC features a new exterior package that includes a Jon Sibal Custom Designed Seibon TC GT Carbon Fiber widebody kit, a Seibon carbon fiber hood Aerocatch hood latch, Seibon custom carbon fiber trunk, an APR carbon custom rear wing, APR carbon fiber side mirrors, and a carbon fiber wrapped roof. Exterior PPG paint was applied by Kelly & Son. For the interior, the tuner is offering new Recaro seats, a custom wrapped personal steering wheel, and embroidery by Top Stitch.

This exterior of this tC may look the part of a delectable racer, but the proof is in the pudding, which is why we can’t wait to see the new performance numbers for this tasty little treat when we hit the SEMA floor.

UPDATE 03/09/2011: Import tuner has reviewed John Pangilinan’s racing tC and - good news! - they have provided specifications for the racer. Thanks to all of the modifications made to the engine, the tC GT delivers an impressive 333 whp and 303 lb-ft of torque at only 8 psi of boost. Want more? Check out the new images of the car in the gallery provided.

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