BLOG: Scion tC bows out with racey Release Series 10.0

Scion is closing out its auto show run in New York. Not long for this world, the brand will send off the tC coupe with the end-of-the-line Release Series 10.0.

It comes in Barcelona red and is equipped with a Kei Miura-designed aero kit with a front lip spoiler, rocker panels, rear lower spoiler and a deck spoiler.

Toyota will build 1,200 examples, which go on sale in June, priced from $23,985, including destination.

The RS 10.0 will be a bit of a custom job with TRD lowering springs and TRD performance dual exhaust. A six-speed manual is included in the price; a six-speed auto with paddle shifters will set you back $1,150.

“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, introduced in 2004, is Scion’s best-selling model of all time, with U.S. deliveries of 419,867 through February.

Scion did decently sales-wise, but never fully captured the imaginations of the younger buyers it targeted. Dodge has consistently beaten the brand in young new-vehicle customers, as did Land Rover on the luxury side.

The brand did produce the FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins, and for that, we’ll be eternally grateful.

Besides the few TRD parts, the Release Series is more of a visual upgrade. Hence, it uses the same 2.5-liter four for power, making 179 hp at 6,000 rpm and 172 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. A MacPherson strut setup holds things down in front while double wishbones keep things planted in back. Combined mileage is still 26 mpg.

“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.”

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