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  • Scion tC
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    179 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    172 @ 4100
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    19385
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When Toyota founded the Scion brand in the U.S. in 2002, it promised affordable vehicles and short product cycles that would appeal to Millennials. But while Scion cars continue to be among the most affordable in North America, product cycles weren’t exactly as promised until 2015, when the Japanese launched two new cars, the 2016 Scion iA and the 2016 Scion iM. For 2016, Scion decided that the tC also needs an update.

There’s good news and bad news here. The good side of the story is that this new update comes only two years since the second-generation tC received its facelift. This can only mean Scion is concerned about keeping its product fresh, an example many automakers should follow. The not not-so-thrilling part is that the 2016 tC is identical to last year’s model on the outside.

The interior is where Scion added some new features, mostly in the convenience department. And it did so while increasing the car’s starting price only slightly, meaning the tC can still brag about its "thrill-to-value" appeal. Find out more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Scion tC.

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2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

Five debuts better left on the truck

Meeting the high standards of a major international auto show is not easy. It takes creativity, an appropriately sized budget, and no small measure of polish. When it all comes together, the result is a beautiful thing to behold. A single model can shed light on an entire brand, sparking passion and lust in every corner of the automotive universe. We’ll cover those drool-makers in an upcoming Best In Show piece, but this article hits the other side of the spectrum – the monotonous, the poorly conceived, and the yawn-worthy.

This time around, our list of Worst In Show has a theme – special editions that aren’t that special. The 2016 New York International Auto Show was chock full of ‘em this year, so we collected some of the worst offenders for a little collective disdain.

Enjoy!

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2017 Scion tC Release Series 10.0

2017 Scion tC Release Series 10.0

Scion bids its final farewell at the New York Auto Show with a modified Scion tC

It’s only been a little over a month since we news broke that the Scion brand would be no more, and now, Scion is set to make one final appearance in the place where it debuted the first Scion model – the New York Auto Show. Scion is looking to use the show has a final farewell and will display a number of models from the last 14 years, including the 2002 BBx Concept, 2004 FiveAxis speedster xA, 2009 Kogi BBQ Truck xD, 2009 iQ Concept, 2011 FR-S concept, and the 2014 Slayer tC. That isn’t all Scion is bringing to its last Auto Show, though.

Meet the Scion tC Release Series 10.0, a model that was designed in partnership with Kei Miura. As a final farewell, this special tC is equipped with a number of performance and visual enhancements that is said to make it the best production tC ever built. Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland said, “For those enthusiasts looking for a piece of history, this is a great opportunity to own our best tC ever. With the TRD performance parts, the JDM Aero Kit and the screaming red and black color scheme, it’s a fitting tribute to Scion’s mission to build cars for younger customers.” He continued, “We have a lot of fans that are sorry to see Scion being transitioned to Toyota. But it’s the right thing to do, and we know the spirit of Scion will live on, so we are going out in style.”

Scion is a youth-oriented brand, and aside from a couple of good years, it has struggled with sales pretty hard over its lifetime. There may be fans out there, but as unfortunate as it is for the brand, there weren’t enough fans to keep it alive. With that said, let’s take a look at Scions final model and see what Scion and Kei Miura did to leave a lasting impression on the world.

Continue reading to learn more about the Scion tC Release Series 10.0.

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2016 Scion tC

2016 Scion tC

When Toyota founded the Scion brand in the U.S. in 2002, it promised affordable vehicles and short product cycles that would appeal to Millennials. But while Scion cars continue to be among the most affordable in North America, product cycles weren’t exactly as promised until 2015, when the Japanese launched two new cars, the 2016 Scion iA and the 2016 Scion iM. For 2016, Scion decided that the tC also needs an update.

There’s good news and bad news here. The good side of the story is that this new update comes only two years since the second-generation tC received its facelift. This can only mean Scion is concerned about keeping its product fresh, an example many automakers should follow. The not not-so-thrilling part is that the 2016 tC is identical to last year’s model on the outside.

The interior is where Scion added some new features, mostly in the convenience department. And it did so while increasing the car’s starting price only slightly, meaning the tC can still brag about its "thrill-to-value" appeal. Find out more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Scion tC.

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2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0

2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0

The Scion tC doesn’t get nearly the same level of press as the FR-S. That’s a shame because the tC actually holds more appeal as a sports coupe than the FR-S since it doesn’t have to worry about having identical versions from Toyota and Subaru. For our money, the tC might actually be one of the most underrated entry-level sports coupes in its segment that’s slowly getting some traction among consumers.

That’s precisely why Scion’s decision to unveil the new tC Release Series 9.0 happened at just the right time.

The launch of the tC Release Series 9.0 comes two years after its predecessor, the tC Release Series 8.0 was launched in July 2012. In that time, the tC has undergone a massive transformation looking a lot sportier than its ever been, making Scion’s decision to launch the Release Series 9.0 was a no-brainer.

The tC Release Series 9.0 will stand out anywhere it goes, thanks to a comprehensive list of upgrades that includes a new aero kit commissioned from noted aftermarket company Cartel Customs. Scion will only build 2,000 examples of the special-edition tC so if you fancy one, be advised that the car is expected to arrive in dealerships in January 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion tC Release Series 9.0.

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2014 Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC

2014 Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp 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 as it was built by Mike Vu of MV DESIGNZ. This program isn’t for the weak of heart, as the company did not settle for anything less than to make Tom Araya and the rest of the band proud to have their names attached to it.

Updated 10/30/2014: Scion unveiled the official details on the x Slayer Mobile Amp tC set to be unveiled next week at SEMA. Details after the jump.

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10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

There is an overlying stigma that trying to buy a fun and sporty car will cost you an arm and a leg. We decided to set the record straight, and with a shoe-string budget of only $20,000 we have been able to come up with 10 brand-new cars that will make any enthusiast happy without breaking the bank. To make the list, each car must demonstrate a certain level of character, fun, and practicality. Cars were chosen based on weight, handling ability, and power. Also, every car chosen offers a manual transmission on the engine/trim level that we have chosen. So fun, practical and available with three-pedals. There isn’t much more that you really need when looking for a fun and cheap car.

Before you start frying about the great cars that are available for just a little bit more like the Mazda Miata and Ford Fiesta ST, or the amazing cars you can get used, we wanted to focus on the really cheap side of things. If you are already stretching your budget to get a $19-$20k car, buying something at $23k is just not an option. Also, if you are already stretching your budget to hit that $20k mark, the last thing you can afford is the cost of repairs and maintenance that comes with every used car. A full warranty is a very important thing for this market.

With all of that out of the way, let’s jump into this. As always, feel free to tell me how awesome and right all my choices are. If you think I left something off this list, let me know that too. Now hit that jump and enjoy.

See our top ten enthusiast cars for less than $20,000 after the break.

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2014 Scion tC Monogram Series

2014 Scion tC Monogram Series

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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2014 Scion WSD-tC by Josh Croll

2014 Scion WSD-tC by Josh Croll

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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2014 Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea

2014 Scion Simpli-tC by Young Tea

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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2014 - 2015 Scion tC Sports Coupe

2014 - 2015 Scion tC Sports Coupe

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

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2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0

2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0

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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2011 SEMA Auto Show: The Sports Cars

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.

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2011 Scion tC Gruppe S by Dynamic

2011 Scion tC Gruppe S by Dynamic

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.

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2010 Scion Tuner Challenge tC by John Pangilinan

2010 Scion Tuner Challenge tC by John Pangilinan

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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2010 Scion Tuner Challenge tC by Shawn Baker

2010 Scion Tuner Challenge tC by Shawn Baker

The fifth and last customized Scion tC to be displayed at the SEMA Show comes from Shawn Baker. The inspiration behind this tC is that form follows function. Shawn Baker believes that it’s not really about how much you add to a customized car - could he be talking to James Lin? - it’s about how well you execute the aspect that you choose to customize.

Loving a clean look, Baker decided to turn the paint over to R Miller Autobody who added a beautiful matte black to the exterior. They followed that up with matte black features such as the A-pillars, mirrors, wiper deleted rain tray, smoothed engine bay, and rear duckbill spoiler. A racing solution RS2 Lip Kit - retro-fit and modified for tC2 fitment - was also added to the sleek vehicle. Then there’s the obligatory set of 19" 3-piece forged race SJC wheels.

For the interior, Shawn Baker went with a custom leather interior with baseball glove style rawhide stitching. The rear seat was stripped of its headrests while additional padding was added to the armrests. Up front, the tuner installed a NArdi Classic 360 mm steering wheel and a new Pioneer audio system. Under the hood there is a new turbo system, a new aluminum intercooler, and a racing SS turbo manifold.

You know the old saying where you "save the best for last?" That’s about where we stand with this Scion tC. It may have been the last customized Scion on the list of customized tCs, but its clean look and low key additions were just what we wanted to see.

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2010 Scion tC by GReddy

2010 Scion tC by GReddy

Scion marks its return to the 2010 SEMA Show with an exciting selection of custom-built cars. One of the firsts is atC Coupe customized by GReddy. Compared to a standard tC powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that develops 180 HP, GReddy tuned their model to an impressive 340 HP and 325 lb-ft of peak torque. In order to obtain this impressive output, the tuner is offering a new turbo kit, a front-mounted intercooler, a new exhaust system and of course ECU update.

Next to the engine upgrade, GReddy is also offering coilovers, Five-Axis Aero package, Scion optimized rear wing, a big brake upgrade, new 18" racing wheels painted in silver with an S and A design, and some GReddy graphics. Nothing has been said on what interior changes have been made, but we don’t see any of the Scion tCs getting too much of an interior upgrade this year. We do know, however, that there will be a nice set of Sparco Chrono seats covered in black leather.

Stay tuned as we head to SEMA for more details on this and many other vehicles attending the show!

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2010 Scion tC by Crawford Performance

2010 Scion tC by Crawford Performance

Scion was pretty busy preparing this year’s SEMA Show. The five customized tC stand as proof of this statement. And the next one featured on our pages comes from Crawford Performance. The tuner made changes for both the exterior and the interior, but they also did some impressive work under the hood.

The exterior package includes an ATI carbon fiber hood, Vinyl Graphics by Spin Imaging, window tint, and a Scion spoiler. There are also Tein Super Racing Coilovers and a TRD big brake kit. The exterior package is finished by 18" Advan RG-D RAcing Wheels with custom paint wrapped in Toyo Tires Proxes R1R Tires 265/35ZR18. Oh, and there’s also the racing livery that is swallowing the car whole. For the interior the tuner is only offering a new Alpine Stereo system.

Under the hood, Crawford added Motul fluids, NGK Spark Plugs, K&N High Flow Air Cleaner, and power by Crawford Performance. No specific numbers were given as to the enhancement of power, but we imagine everything will get a little clearer in the next few days as the SEMA show’s doors open and the cars come flowing out.

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2010 Scion tC by James Lin

2010 Scion tC by James Lin

One of the many Scion tC coupes to be making an appearance at the 2010 SEMA show is one tuned by James Lin. It seems this tuner took out a book on what tuners could do to a car and then proceeded to do anything and everything imaginable, leaving us with this highly modified and super rad ride.

Starting with the exterior of the vehicle, the tuner added a carbon fiber hood and trunk, custom door handles, and a carbon fiber rear wing. More carbon fiber came in thr shape of an AIT racing carbon fiber front and rear bumper splitter. Splitter rods and front bumper carbon fiber canards by APR were also thrown in for good measure. Then Lin went ahead and shaved off the windshield wipers and door handles because, well, he could. The interior saw a new Sparco Steering Wheel, a Fast R Shift Knob, and the lovely sounds coming out of the new Sony 7-inch Double XNV-770BT audio system.

Under the hood of the Scion there is a new turbo charger, a front mount intercooler, custom chrome manifold and down pipe, carbon fiber dampers, and a DC Sport Air Filter. No specific numbers were given as to the performance of this bad boy, so we’re hoping more specs will be reviewed when the car rolls onto the show floor.

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Scion wants you to "Take on the Machine"

Scion wants you to "Take on the Machine"

The increasing number of automakers that have dipped their fingers in the augmented reality experience bucket have clearly found a new way to catch the attention of their prospective customers.

In promoting the 2011 Scion tC, Scion has thought of a way to get people behind the wheel of a tC through their new interactive game called ‘Take on the Machine’.

The game consists of driving a virtual tC with a virtual steering wheel with the objective being to avoid all of the obstacles throughout the city to achieve the fastest possible time. It’s a little tricky in the beginning, especially because of how the steering wheel works, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a heck of a lot of fun to do, especially if you can play it for shots with your friends.

If you’re not into the whole hi-tech virtual steering wheel mode, there’s an option to play the game using your computer’s keyboard. Not as fun as the former, but definitely less complicated.

Hop on over to the Scion website and see if you have what it takes to “take on the machine”.

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2010 Scion tC with 1,100-hp by Team NFS and Rado

2010 Scion tC with 1,100-hp by Team NFS and Rado

If you believed you had to drive a Bugatti Veyron to enjoy an engine power of more than 1000 HP, you were wrong! A Scion tC with a few updates can take you for that same kind of ride, minus some luxury. It may have taken a lot of updates, but this Scion tC comes with a total output of 1100 HP.

The car was developed and custom built by Chris Rado and his racing team. It just made its debut last weekend at Road Atlanta and will be competing in the Time Attack series. This series won’t be anything new for the Scion considering Rado also suped up a tC for last year’s Time Attack series. The 1,100 tC will also be featured in the next Need for Speed.

This Scion tC was inspired by racing cars from the 60s and early 70s which saw the fastest race cars on the planet governed by next-to-no rules. This car has been a few years in the making. Rado really wanted a machine to take on the world’s fastest time attack cars, so an all new AWD Scion project would be needed.

Expect to see this beast in lots of 2011 competitions.

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2011 Scion tC

2011 Scion tC

The 2011 tC is built on a new platform and features a specially tuned MacPherson strut front-suspension and a double-wishbone rear-suspension. Under the hood there is a new 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 180 hp (19hp and 11lbs.-ft. or torque more than the previous model) coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission with improved shift-feel or a six-speed automatic with two additional gears and sequential shift.

The exterior design gets protruding fender flares, a sleek front grille, and projector headlamps, while the modified cabin’s shape is inspired by the Scion FUSE concept unveiled back in 2006. Passengers can now relax comfortably in the elongated cabin with reclining rear seat that split 60/40.

The new Scion tC also arrives with key safety features such as standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), active front-headrests, and eight airbags.

UPDATE 08/06/2010: Scion has announced prices for the 2011 Scion tC sports coupe. You can purchase the tC with a manual transmission for only $18,275 or with an automatic transmission for $19,275. Both also carry a $720 destination and handling charge.

Press release after the jump.

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Unlock the tC; Win a 2011 Scion tC

Unlock the tC; Win a 2011 Scion tC

Gamers, start exercising those thumbs. Do whatever stretches, twists, turns, and other preparations necessary to ready yourself for the most rewarding game one can play. The Unlock The tC Road Trip Game is an 8-week interactive online and real world competition that will allow players to battle it out for a chance to win a 2011 Scion tC. The pre-registration began yesterday and will continue until June 1, 2010 when the game goes live. Any player who pre-registers will also receive a bonus instant-win play where a player can win 1 of over 140 prizes being offered.

Four finalists will win a trip for two to the VIP party in Los Angeles where they will compete to win a sweet 2011 Scion tC.


Hit the jump for the full story including where to go to register!

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Scion prepares tC Convertible

Scion prepares tC Convertible

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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2011 Scion tC by Five Axis

2011 Scion tC by Five Axis

The second generation Scion tC received its first customization program from Five Axis and is currently on display at the 2010 New York Auto Show. The Five Axis tC features a four-inch wide-body conversion, a unique House of Color custom formulated exterior paint by the name of Bloodshot, a Tein adjustable coil-over suspension, a TRD custom Big Brake kit, and 20-inch Yokahama Advan Sport tires mounted onto five AD R5:F wheels.

The interior gets a custom leather-trimmed seats with Ultrasuede EcoDesign inserts, Chilewich floor mats, and upholstery by Little John’s Interior Concepts.

This is not the first time Five Axis has had their crazy, creative hands on a Scion. They have actually worked on every Scion model from the tC to the xA so this custom job comes as no surprise to us.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Tanner Foust drifts along Mulholland Drive's 'The Snake'

Video: Tanner Foust drifts along Mulholland Drive’s ’The Snake’

Remember that teaser video we had of Tanner Foust performing a drift along the famed strip of Mulholland Drive?

Well, here’s the whole video for you to enjoy.

The whole video was masterfully shot and the edits and cuts to the car’s interior as well as the slow-motion shots of Foust’s Rockstar Scion tC drift car is just plain mind-blowing. Foust manoeuvres his drift car with so much ease you’d actually think he was sipping on some Rockstar inside the car. But in all seriousness, there’s nothing like seeing someone do drift after drift after drift in a pretty intimidating road like Mulholland Drive, especially at that stretch Los Angelinos have come to call ‘The Snake’.

There needs to be some serious driving and drifting skills involved if anybody can even attempt to replicate what Tanner Foust did, which, if you still haven’t seen yet, you should watch right about now.

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Video: Teaser of Tanner Foust's Mulholland Street Drift Series

Video: Teaser of Tanner Foust’s Mulholland Street Drift Series

Tanner Foust is no stranger to posting drift videos at the Internet. Actually, he does them just about all the time. So it didn’t come as a surprise to any of us that Mr. Foust himself is starting a new drift series sometime in March.

Driving his trusty rear-drive V8-powered Scion tC, Foust’s first teaser video of his new Street Drift Series sees him making a smoking drift – and in slow mo, no less – across out computer screens with the words ‘Street Drift: Mulholland’ bonking up the entire screen shortly thereafter.

We’ve seen a lot of Tanner Foust’s drift videos over the years but we still can’t help but get all geeked up for his new drift series. Maybe – and we’re keeping our fingers crossed – we can see more of those slow-mo drifts in the future with lots and lots of smoke.

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2010 Scion tC Release Series 6.0

2010 Scion tC Release Series 6.0

The fun loving youth oriented Japanese automaker Scion likes to release limited edition versions of their compact vehicles, like the Scion tC Release Series 6.0 that will be unveiled at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. The special edition Scion tC features a vivid Speedway Blue paint scheme complete with a unique matte black vinyl graphic running the length of the car that features the RS 6.0 logo pasted to the rear quarter panel with the same blue motif continuing on the compact’s interior, dressing up the seat inserts and color matched accent stitching on the leather wrapped steering wheel.

Standard equipment for all 1100 Release Series 6.0 tC’s includes a 4.3 inch touch screen Navigation display, iPod/USB connectivity, 200 Watt sound system with HD Radio and individualized identification plaques mounted at the top of the center stack to let owners know that they are behind the wheel of something special. Prices for the tC Release Series 6.0 will start at $18,620 for a manual version and climb all the way up to $19,420 for an automatic equipped limited edition Speedway Blue Scion tC.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Nissan GT-R takes on a pair of Scion TC drift cars

Video: Nissan GT-R takes on a pair of Scion TC drift cars

On paper, this doesn’t sound like a fair fight; a Nissan GT-R taking on a pair of Scion TC drift cars. While we’re the first ones to admit that the GT-R is capable of many things, drifting surely isn’t one of them, and especially if you pit it against a pair of Scion TCs that’s sole purpose in life is to drift.

Without going into speculation mode on whether or not the GT-R can hold its own against these Scion TC drift cars, Motor Trend decided unleash all three cars around the El Toro airfield. In a flat-out run that had both long straights and drifting corners, all three cars showed their strong suits and as the narrator says, “it’s not about the time, it’s about the experience of being behind the wheel in one of these cars.”

Check out the video to see how the Nissan GT-R did against the two Scion TC drift cars.

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2009 Scion tC by Epic Cartel

2009 Scion tC by Epic Cartel

Epic Cartel came at SEMA Show with a customized Scion tC. The tC has been 3" with B-Pillars and center glass roof section has been removed and reinforced completely.

The customization kit includes: TRD Supercharger kit, TRD LDS Unit
Cartel Side Exit Exhaust, OME Sport Header and 22x8 Cartel Designed Billet 3-piece forged vellano rims. On the exterior it adds custom metal fabrication interior & exterior panels and a pearl white base paint with two-tone graphics & ghosted logos throughout.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Rockstar AEM Scion tC

Video: Rockstar AEM Scion tC

Our friends at the GT Channel had the chance to talk with the Rockstar/AEM Scion tC drift team at the Formula D opener at The Streets of Long Beach. Everyone from team owner and acclaimed drag racer Steph Papadakis to the Scion tC’s pilot Tanner Foust had a chance to get a word in and show off their all new 700 HP V8 powered drift machine.

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2010 Scion tC Sports Coupe

2010 Scion tC Sports Coupe

The youth oriented Japanese automaker; Scion have just announced that for 2010 the tC will come with a few changes, but not to worry, the remains at an affordable $17,000.

For the 2010 decade tC’s will be offered in a new blue metallic paint. Ensuring maximum automotive style 17’s are standard along with the panoramic moon roof. Audio duty is handled by a 160-Watt Pioneer stereo that even includes a place to plug in your iPod. A standard feature on most of today’s car buying youth.

The Scion tC is powered by a stout 2.4 Liter double overhead cam Toyota built engine with VVT-i that delivers a sporty 161 HP and returns a pocket book friendly 29 MPG on the highway and 21 MPG in the city.

Press release after the jump.

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Rockstar AEM Scion tC

Rockstar AEM Scion tC

The Rockstar/AEM Scion tC and driver Tanner Foust are off to a good start with a podium finish at its competition debut at the Streets of Long Beach where it competes in the Formula Drift Championship. The tC was built by drag racing legend Steph Papadakis, and thanks to TRD’s NASCAR efforts is powered by an Ed Pink 700 HP V8.

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Scion will bring three customized tC to SEMA

Scion will bring three customized tC to SEMA

Scion released details on its customized cars to the SEMA Show. The line-up will include three customized tC: a Neu-Vintage Scion tC by Eddie Hahm, Scion tC by Mark Arcenal, Scion tC by John Pangilinan.

The Neu-Vintage Scion tC by Eddie Hahm is taking cues from the salt flat race cars of early Bonneville, World War II aircraft inspiration that was so prevalent in post war hot rods and high dollar pre-war, coach-built automobiles of the 1930’s, this build blends vintage with modern mechanics onto a Scion tC.

The Scion tC by Mark Arcenal features TRD supercharger, custom autumn copper paint, fatlace custom two-piece cast aluminum four-piston calipers, Sparco 2 Circuit Pro Seats w/ rails and sliders, 310X260 - steering wheel, quick release, black six point belts, fire extinguisher and mount, battery switch, pit board and numbers, 3 LED SAT, Navigator foot rest, grip pedals, Luxor shift boot, RACING shift knob.

The John Pangilinan tC comes with JLine – custom11RL3 three piece wheels – charcoal-T with semi gloss black lips, GReddy turbo timer, Profec B-Spec II, pressure gauge and boost gauge, Rockford Fosgate T1500 Punch mono amp, T400 Punch 4channel amp, (4) P3D212 Punch 12” shallow subs, T162S Power component system, cables, fuse holder, distribution block, battery terminal, and circuit breaker.

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2009 Scion tC Sports Coupe

2009 Scion tC Sports Coupe

Scion today announced the 2009 tC sports coupe, the best-selling vehicle in the Scion lineup. The car remains unchanged, and the tC Spec Package is discontinued.

The company is offering a Sporty Package distinguished by an upper mesh grille, lattice lower grille and projector-type low beam headlights with black trim in front, and tail lights similar in style to the headlights with round combination lamps.

A 2.4-liter double overhead-cam four cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence powers this CARB-certified Ultra Low Emission Vehicle to produce a punchy 161 hp. The tC features a five-speed manual transmission or an available electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.

The tC model is available in a choice of seven colors: Flint Mica, Super White, Black Sand Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Wave Line Pearl and Nautical Blue Metallic. Exterior colors are complemented by a high-quality dark charcoal fabric interior.

Press release after jump.

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2009 Scion xB and tC pricing announced

2009 Scion xB and tC pricing announced

Scion announced today pricing for the 2009 model year xB urban utility vehicle and tC sports coupe. The xB will arrive at dealerships later this month while the tC will arrive in May.

After a major model change in 2008, the xB carries over with only a change in exterior color. Stingray Metallic replaces Nautical Blue Metallic. The base MSRP for the iconic xB is $15,750 when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and $16,700 for the four-speed automatic with sequential shifting. Prices for both configurations represent an increase of $100 or 0.6 percent.

The sporty 2009 tC also carries over with one change, updated seat fabric. Prices for both the automatic and manual transmission remain the same as the 2008 models. The tC equipped with a five-speed manual transmission has a base MSRP of $17,000, while the four-speed automatic transmission model carries an MSRP of $17,800.

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2008 RSR Scion tC

2008 RSR Scion tC

Scion unveiled the RS*R tC, a Formula Drift model based on the most popular model, the tC sports coupe. The RS*R Scion tC features a 3SGE Beams motor, HKS GT3037 turbo and intercooler, Blitz Dual SBC boost controller, and AEM EMS engine management system that outputs more than 400 hp, compared to the stock 161 hp.

A G-Force five-speed sequential transmission, Tilton triple carbon clutch, Project Mu brakes, RS-R coilovers, Sparco Corsa seats and a custom concept wide body kit also make this vehicle unique. This tC will gracefully maneuver the track with Enkei RPF1 wheels and Toyo Proxes R1R™ tires.

The RS*R Scion tC, also sponsored by Toyo Tires and XM Satellite Radio, will make its first appearance at Formula Drift’s Round 1, Streets of Long Beach in Calif. on April 12. The event will also be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

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2008 Scion tC Release Series 4.0 pricing announced

2008 Scion tC Release Series 4.0 pricing announced

Scion will unveil at the Chicago Auto Show the the second limited-production Scion for 2008, the tC Release Series 4.0 (tC RS 4.0). Pricing will start from $17,000 for the manual transmission and $17,800 for the automatic transmission.

The 2008 tC RS 4.0 will feature Galactic Gray Mica exterior paint and will come with VIP-themed enhancements. A DAMD body kit and upper grille will make this tC standout. A color-keyed rear spoiler will also be available. Inside, the tC RS 4.0 will have gray and black Alcantara® seats, “tC RS 4.0” embroidered on the front and rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a black leather and dark wood RAZO shift knob.

Press release after jump.

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2007 Des Moines - Scion tC

2007 Des Moines - Scion tC

The second tC Scion presented at SEMA was a customized 2006 model - the Des Moines tc.

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2007 Scion tC Ron English

2007 Scion tC Ron English

Scion unveiled at 2007 SEMA the Ron English tC , a custom car designed under the coordination of Robert Wilson.

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2008 Scion tC pricing announced

2008 Scion tC pricing announced

Scion has announced today the pricing for the 2008 tC sports coupe and tC
Spec Package models. Both will be available in showrooms next month.

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Top 10 coolest new cars under $18.000

Top 10 coolest new cars under $18.000

If you intend to buy a car, but you don’t have enough money for an Enzo or a Veyron, then you should know that you can buy really nice car under $18.000. Is true you won’t be able to run with 200 mph, but is good to know which are the best car to buy in your budget.
In choosing the elite 10 Coolest Cars under $18,000, kbb.com used the same combination of objective and subjective criteria that many consumers use in examining this category. Safety, fuel economy, environmental impact, interior (...)

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2008 Scion tC

2008 Scion tC

The Scion tC, the best-selling vehicle in the Scion lineup, raises the bar in the sports coupe segment as it receives sharp styling revisions, new standard equipment and safety features for 2008.

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2007 Scion tC Spec Package

2007 Scion tC Spec Package

The Scion tC, the best value in the sport coupe market, is offered in a new Spec Package model for 2007, aimed at the tuner segment with a lower price point than the standard model.

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2006 Scion tC 2.0

2006 Scion tC 2.0

Features
The 2006 Scion tC Release Series 2.0 will come in a brilliant Blue Blitz Mica. This limited edition tC features a stainless steel mesh upper and lower front grille and 17-inch alloy wheels that come with a satin metallic finish. The tC’s only factory option, front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags, is standard equipment on the R.S. 2.0.
Inside, the tC’s front and rear seats are trimmed with black Alcantara®, a suede-like material that provides (...)

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2006 Scion tC

2006 Scion tC

Scion, the new car marque from Toyota, unveiled the all-new tC sports coupe at the 2004 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

"In June, the all-new 2005 tC will join the entry-level xA and the urban utility xB, coinciding with Scion’s national rollout," said Jim Farley, Scion vice president. "The tC was developed specifically for Scion and the U.S. market with an aim to deliver a level of style, performance and value that will be flat-out impossible to beat."

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