Scion unveiled the redesigned tC sports coupe at the New York Auto Show and ever since then there have been rumors about a convertible version for 2012. If these rumors turn out to be true then this will be Scion’s first ever convertible. It will carry a price tag of less than $20K and will compete with models like the Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper Cabrio, and Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.

Like the coupe version, the tC Convertible will be powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 180 hp coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission with improved shift-feel or a six-speed automatic with two additional gears and sequential shift.

We think saying it will "compete" with the models listed above is a little much especially when a classic muscle car featuring 305hp gets thrown in the mix. The Eclipse and the Mini Cooper Cabrio are a little more the convertible’s tC’s speed with the Eclipse running 162hp and the Mini Cooper traveling at a measly 118hp without counting the turbo version which powers 175hp. It’s a nice try though. Maybe with a few adjustments here and there, it will improve in the next few years.

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Source: Inside Line

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9 comments:

  (507) posted on 08.3.2010

why not make the tC actually better first? and then add the drop top later.

  (798) posted on 04.27.2010

They completely redesign it. So that’s as much effort as you’ll see from them until 2017 or so in regards to making it better. Which is lame considering the redesign looks terrible inside and out.

  (765) posted on 04.26.2010

Nice top down car! I think this car focuses on the new technology and design, not on its engine.

  (379) posted on 04.26.2010

nah it’s just an enhanced toyota corolla in convertible.

  (321) posted on 04.25.2010

well they’ve already used the twin clutch technology, I think the get jealous with MMC for using the TC-SST with their EVO X and Ralliart sports car.

  (16) posted on 04.23.2010

I understand their reasoning behind making it a convertible, but won’t it drive up insurance rates for their key demographic?

Naterade22  (238) posted on 04.22.2010

TC convertible is a bad idea in my eyes. Some cars are meant to come in top-down and this is not one of them. Instead of producing it in convertible, give it more power.

Uncia  (868) posted on 04.22.2010

I agree. This car is a far from worthy replacement for the last Celica, but hopefully this new tC will address the first generation’s shortcomings.

Uncia  (428) posted on 04.22.2010

It’s just a Toyota Corolla enhancement plus made it a convertible to sell more on the market.

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