Toyota says Scion-ara to tC in New York

Scion launched at the 2002 New York Auto Show and now ends run there

Published: March 16, 2016, 1:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:28 PM

Scion tC Release Series 10.0

Scion has a history with the New York International Auto Show, having officially launched operations there in 2002, so now that it’s announced its demise, it’s only fitting it says its Scion-ara in New York.

“We have a lot of fans that are sorry to see Scion being transitioned to Toyota,” said Gilleland. “But … we know the spirit of Scion will live on, so we are going out in style.”

That good-bye will centre on one last Kei Miura special edition — a tC coupe Release Series 10.0 — surrounded by a history of its project cars and the usual array of cool Scion swag that in the past has included plush toys of its models, design sketch Tees and even origami cars.

The legendary creator of the Rocket Bunny aero kit aims to leave Scion fans with a lasting impression of the brand in the modified tC, Scion’s sales leader. It is cloaked in Barcelona Red with a JDM aero kit that includes a lip spoiler, rocker panels, and upper and lower rear spoilers. The Scion badges are blacked out and the alloy wheels are painted gloss black.

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) provides performance enhancements in the forms of new springs to lower the ride height and enhance performance through improved cornering and steering response, and a dual exhaust to make sound as good as it works with a deeper, more resonant exhaust note.

Inside, grippy fabric sport seats and leather trim coverings (on the steering wheel and shift boot, for example) are accented with red stitching to match the exterior colour. Other exclusive appointments include identifier carpet floor and cargo area mats, red seat belts and Series badge showing the sequential build number of the car.

“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.”

The tC Release Series 10.0 will come with the 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine and either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed sequential automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Only 1,200 of the final edition tC coupes will be available, with deliveries starting in June 2016. The car is due to go out of circulation in August.