• Oct 17, 2005

This was a long time coming. Scion had announced the supercharger at the tC's debut, but had left enthusiasts hanging for the TRD part to officially go on sale. The centrifugal supercharger is designed to provide 200 horsepower, which is a 25% increase in peak horsepower. Peak torque output is also claimed to rise 13%, with torque increasing right to redline. The supercharger is available for manual transmission cars only through TRD. Retail pricing is set at $3200, plus installation. Thanks to Rocket Punch for the tip; the full press release can be found at the jump.


Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Scion   announced today that a TRD supercharger for the Scion tC sports coupe will be   available through dealerships beginning today. The TRD supercharger will help   the stock tC?s 160-horsepower engine put out up to 200 horsepower and increase   maximum torque up to 13 percent.

This all-new TRD supercharger is compatible with both 2005 and 2006 model year   Scion tC sports coupes with manual transmissions.
  This centrifugal supercharger, which produces seven pounds of boost, was chosen   for its compact configuration, ease of installation on the tC and smooth power   delivery characteristics.

The supercharger, when installed by an authorized Scion or Toyota dealer, falls   under the same powertrain warranty of five years or 60,000 miles, or the balance   of the new car warranty, whichever is greater. When not installed by a dealer,   the supercharger is covered by a 12-month, 12,000-mile parts-only warranty.

The manufacturer?s suggested retail price of the TRD supercharger is $3,200,   not including installation.




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      • 9 Years Ago
      First and foremost, this blog entry was about the tc's supercharger, so I don't understand why the srt-4 or cobalt ss was mentioned(lamers). I own a 06 tc and its great, It handles great, drives great. Especially with my TRD axle back exaust.It may be a 2.4 litter stock 4 cylinder engine, but in my racing experience, I've beat many 6 cylinders.Oh and just to add, mine is an automatic :-0, (and what)
      • 9 Years Ago
      performance suspensions? What does that mean? Oh, it means that they are cheapo econoboxes and that GM had to do something so you dont steer into the wall... tC starts as performance coupe, with 17" wheels and peformance tires, and more important - multilink back suspension from Celica that make it real driver instead of Econobox. As to the actual HP from the SC, lets see the dyno's first before we talk about it more :-).
      • 9 Years Ago
      a stock tc is 160hp, add a 10hp trd exaust+ a 40hp add on supercharger + a 25hp cold air intake= 235hp, thats 5 more horses than a srt 4. Thats amazing. (lmao)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Go to scion life forums and search for trd supercharger the folks at ZPI have just dynoed a stock tc with the supercharger and got 195.1 hp and 199.4lb ft of torque at the wheels thats alot more than 40 hp over stock. 200whp with a 20% drivetrain loss is more like 240 crank hp also check out the run with the air filter mod almost 20 more hp. http://www.scionlife.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=90472&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=25&sid=4254fa637ec8dede7722d3683d3269be
      • 9 Years Ago
      "So you say. You say it in practically every Japanese car thread. Not a post about a Honda or a Mazda goes by without an injection of laughable, unfounded VW fanboyism." Sensationalism and embellishment are not useful tools in an effective argument, Pete. "While you're at it, keep extolling the value of the Mk. V's that haven't made it to US shores or been concretely priced in USD! Rampant speculation is fun! As is trying to prove how VW's US vaporware will surely trump the cars already in the dealer lots." Rampant speculation or inductive reasoning? I'd say the latter...the Mk5 GLI is priced at $21,995. Every previous GLI has been roughly $1,000 more expensive than the GTI. And in case you didn't know already, I live in Germany and have driven the GTI Mk5. It is vastly superior, and its numerous accolades from the automotive press throughout Europe are well-deserved. "Keep on those rose colored glasses, and keep telling your VW-driving peers that their quality issues and dealer hassles must be isolated incidents..." I'd love to see you reference when I said any of this, or anything remotely similar. Problem is...you can't. VW has serious quality problems and a dealer network that borders on complete and utter incompetence. But you know what? I can deal with that. The driving experience a VAG product offers is so superior to any comparable product coming out of Asia that I just can't see myself driving anything else. "Here's to your farfigposin with VW in Fantasy land. You'll have to tell me how those Eos to Lotus and Scirocco to Civic Si battles play out. In the meantime, the tC is kicking the GTI's butt for performance value." Sensationalism, embellishment...you seem to really like these strategies. But allow me to pull you back down to reasonable debate and glorify your hilarity with a reasonable response. Eos was never meant to be a Lotus competitor, and Scirocco is, as you so eloquently put it, "rampant speculation." The only way tC can touch GTI V is with this supercharger attachment, and it STILL isn't as good a performer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      i didnt say mu muffler helped, and he doesnt know how to drive, the srt-4 has too much torque and and doesnt handle well on the dirt roads.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Tim UF, those cars are completely different from the tC. The tC is based off a different chassis and have much smaller engines.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Dude spencer... you want to drive a freaking Neon? Those things are PIECES OF CRAP. Even the SRT-4. IT'S A NEON! A RICED OUT NEON! I drive a tC, and I test drove the SRT-4 before I bought. Tin-freaking can. And not that fast either. So unless you drive one or have driven the both, be quiet about the POS mopar. Or the Cobalt. Same tin freaking can with 0 resale value and "Chevy" service.
      • 9 Years Ago
      $19,915 for that? I'll stick with the GTI V I plan on buying. AutoWeek seems to think it'll start at $20,995. $1,000 more for a car with infinitely more engineering prowess and injected excitement than the tC...not to mention standard features the tC doesn't even offer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      that's really not much of a boost in performance for $3200. i wonder if everyone that uses the toyota 2.4 can get this... and if bigger/smaller pulleys will be made available.
      • 9 Years Ago
      hahahahaha! "the tc is better, because some aftermarket company took a massive turbo kit and called it 'stage 0' " like "stages" are standardized or something some of you guys just crack me up to no end
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've had my tC for about 6 months now...it's a great car for the money. Tons of standard features and fun to drive. I bought the car for the value and because I liked the styling. The supercharger, however, is a complete waste of money. There is NO WAY I would waste $3200 plus installation for 40 HP. As for the SRT-4, it is still a Neon no matter what you do to it. Would you want to drive a car that was associated with a light purple Neon "Espresso"? I think not.
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