Billed by Scion as a “Scion-Ara’ the Scion brand has selected the New York International Auto Show as the right place to celebrate the life and times of the Scion brand with a display of some its most impressive project cars, some cool swag and the opportunity to see the brand’s ‘last hurrah” – the limited edition 2016 Scion tC Release Series 10.0.
As Toyota transitions the brand into its mainstream lineup. It is only fitting that Scion make one last auto show appearance at New York since that’s where it all began. Fourteen years ago Scion debuted its first concept vehicles and announced the new youth division for Toyota that would be a laboratory for experimentation and introduce new products and processes.
Scion had successes and some failures along the way as a vehicle brand, but – most importantly – gave Toyota a real-world laboratory to experiment with, discover and create some new product concepts along with more streamlined approaches to their relationship with the customer.
Final tC Release Series 10.0
As the sun sets on Scion, the brand is revealing a final tC Release Series, the 10.0. It is also fitting that there be just one more of the special release series of the popular tC performance sports coupe offered for the true Scion loyalists to purchase – revealed where it all began in New York.
Scion brand has partnered with Kei Miura, known for his JDM aerodynamic designs, to create the final edition – 2016 Scion tC Release Series 10.0 – designed to leave a lasting impression of the brand with enhanced performance, and aggressive exterior and interior features.
According to Scion, the tC RS 10.0 will radiate in a bold Barcelona Red and is equipped with a Kei Miura-designed Aero Kit that includes a front lip spoiler, rocker panels, rear lower spoiler and a deck spoiler. Providing contrast to the red paint, the RS 10.0 has black-out Scion badges and gloss black alloy wheels.
Enhancing performance on the tC Release Series 10.0 will be TRD Performance lowering springs to reduce the center of gravity for quicker turn-in, cornering and enhanced steering response. A TRD Performance dual exhaust provides a deeper, more resonant, exhaust note.
On the interior, the black and red theme continues with sport-tuned seat inserts with red accent stitching. The same stitching complements the shift boot, parking brake cover and steering wheel. Exclusive Release Series carpeted floor and cargo mats, striking red seat belts and a Release Series sequentially numbered badge complete the package.
The tC Release Series 10.0 will be available with a 6-speed manual for a MSRP of $23,190 or 6-speed sequential automatic transmission with paddle shifters with an MSRP of $24,340. Delivery, processing and handling is $795 additional.
Scion says only 1,200 of the Release Series 10.0 tC coupes will be sold with units becoming available in June.
“For those enthusiasts looking for a piece of history, this is a great opportunity to own our best tC ever,” says Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland. “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.”
For more information on how to order one, go to the 2016 tC Release Series 10.0 website.
Some examples of the creative Scion builds that will be on display at the New York show include:
• 2002 BBx Concept
• 2004 FiveAxis speedster xA
• 2009 Kogi BBQ Truck xD
• 2009 iQ Concept
• 2011 FR-S Concept
• 2014 Slayer tC
“We have a lot of fans that are sorry to see Scion being transitioned to Toyota,” said Gilleland. “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.”
For the record, Scion vehicles that will continue in the Toyota brand line include the FR-S sports car that becomes the Toyota 86 ( as it is known globally) and joining the Toyota small car lineup are the Scion iM as the Corolla iM with the Scion iA becoming the Yaris iA.
The New York International Auto Show runs from March 25 – April 3, 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center.