• May 24th 2006 at 12:56PM
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Veteran tuners know that the best sport compacts are built from base models, not range toppers. That's because base models are blank canvases ready to accept new wheel and tire combos, body kits, head units, seats, paint and every other mod in a tuner's arsenal. Scion apparently understands the tuner and is releasing a Spec Package for the tC in 2007. The 2007 tC Spec Package is a bare bones tC that starts at $15,000 for a manual and $15,800 for an automatic. It's got steel 16-inch wheels and comes in four basic primer colors – Super White, Flint Mica, Black Sand Pearl and Classic Silver Metallic. It retains the tC's fixed glass panorama roof yet has unique upholstery and a urethane steering wheel. Considering a standard tC starts at $16,400, the new Spec Package prove popular with the public at large and not just tuners looking for a blank slate when it arrives at dealerships next month.

[Note: 2007 Scion tC shown, pics of the Spec Package have not been released by Toyota/Scion yet]

[Source: Toyota]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      One touch up and down window's. Now that's a bargain on standard TC.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Looks like you need a clue too. The tC is mainly based on the Toyota Avenis sold in Europe. Just because it shares the 2.4l and transmissions out of the Camry does not mean 'this thing is all Camry'."

      It's not just shared parts that make the TC into a Camry. It's the fact that it's fat, slow, boring, and reliable transportation. Decent car but puts me to sleep.

      "First off, Ted- you are a moron."

      It's not my fault the most "exciting" car in your lineup is a snooze, but way to get all upity and insulting. Sure sign of maturity there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Subaru makes the "Tuner Ready" version of the WRX.
      • 9 Years Ago
      When I purchased my Mazda 3 I was cross shopping with a TC, I'm not sure about ***actual specs***, but when you look at TC dead on in the front and the "3" dead on in the front the TC look "skinny" it does not have that "fat and wide" look that I see with the "3". Again, I don't know specs but if the TC is a "wider" car it sure does not show it, it looks more like a "Ford Escort" width.
      Clyde Batter
      • 9 Years Ago
      How come Toyota is the only company who can figure this out? Here you've got a car that could sell at $20 grand all day and now bargain priced for its 24-yr-old market even better.

      Congrats, Toyota. You are definitely MOVING FORWARD.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, the Evo RS is a cool car for sure... but it also costs just shy of TWICE as much as this Scion tC Spec Package!

      According to Edmunds it's MSRP is $28,679 - plus another $470 if you want the aluminum shift knob and a boost guage - plus the $625 destination charge - for a grand total of $29,774.

      • 9 Years Ago
      First off, this is a great decision on Toyota's part. Now if Honda would follow suit with the Si...

      "If Scion REALLY did customization right, you would be able to swap in better parts without paying for the stock stuff you'll just end up replacing. Imagine the car customization in, say, Need For Speed Underground, but taking place at the dealership when you order your car. In my opinion this would be revolutionary and be hugely successful."

      This wouldn't work, mainly because of dealership greed. The reason why people go for aftermarket is the price. I bought my Rota SDRs for $600 after tax--great track-ready, light wheels for an awesome price. Compare that to the Honda Factory "Performance" wheels which cost at least $150 more (even when buying online) and are heavier. Aftermarket on the internet relies on volume sales to generate profit. Dealers rely on ripping people off for parts individually. I mean, are floor mats really worth $150? Of course not.

      What all companies should offer for their sports compacts are cars with great engine, suspension and transmission, AC--and leave the rest for the car buyer to add. I never use my Cruise Control, don't need electronic windows or locks, use my sunroof as novelty, don't exactly need that 350 watt stereo system (though I do enjoy it). Actually, I think a lot of buyers would want such options, even those who aren't "tuners."
      • 8 Years Ago
      The tc has a growing demographic. While Toyota strategically looked to hook younger drivers, it has also begun hooking older driver who want a lot of basic performance and some luxury without dismissing funds necessary for retirement. There comes a day when a person realizes the other people on the street admire practicality and those driving the expensive wheels...well, they just want to fork over monthly payments that they may or may not be able to afford. Car prices go up faster than wages. I'll take a beautiful home with a tc in the driveway....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Full disclosure - I bought a 2006 Scion TC. Now, if you're still willing to not totally dismiss my opinion:

      Scion's goal with this car was pretty simple. They wanted a sporty touring coupe with just enough "sport" to get the kids on and just enough "luxury" to get the older folks on. This is not a Solara (2 door Camry) in any shape or form. The Camry/Solara is much more boring, luxurious, and expensive.

      I believe Toyota's target for this car was to make something not as hard and razor-edged as the Celica and not as dull as the Corolla or Solara is. The Celica's problem was that it was just too extreme for most people. The suspension too stiff, the engine needing to be wound up too high to extract acceptable performance out of it, the price too high to attract the only people willing to put up with said shortcomings (teens). They needed something that was still sporty but a little softer to reach a broader audience of buyers.

      Most of you may not remember, but until this most recent and extreme version of the Celica, the Celica used to fit that mold. It wasn't particularly fast, wasn't extremely agile, but it was sporty and fun to drive, reliable, and had some upscale features to it, all for a reasonable price. Honda's Prelude was much the same way. As a matter of fact, if you go to MSN auto and do a spec compare feature for feature between the 1992-1996 Honda Prelude Si(Honda's best selling Prelude ever) and the Scion TC you will find that feature for feature almost everything matches up. The engine displacement is simlar, performance the same, passenger space, features, etc. It proves that there is a market for this kind of car.

      The TC is Scion's best selling model, and although the extremists that liked the previous generation Celica will call foul, the fact of the matter is that they didn't buy one (nor did hardly anyone else), or else Toyota would have made a new one very much the same instead replacing it with something else that is selling much better and is much more profitable. And speaking from personal experience, even an extremist (I own a 350Z as a daily driver... I put about 1000 miles a week on it) can appreciate this car. I bought one for my fiance, and I have to say I enjoy driving it. It's sporty enough and fun to drive, very comfortable, and gets great gas mileage. It's the only coupe I've ever sat in the back seats of comfortably. Plus it has *TONS* of cargo room if you fold the rear seats down. The panorama opening roof is the closest thing to a convertible or targa top you can get without sacrifing the loss of practicality and leaks, noise, and cargo volume. I've test driven several cars against it, including the Mazda 3. But to tell you the truth the Mazda 3 was more upscale but wasn't as sporty to me, and was more expensive feature-per-feature. For what it is (a sporty FWD econocar) it is a great car at a great price and value. I hope to see Autoblog's opinion on it in a garage review sometime in the future... I suspect they will come to much the same conclusion as I did.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd rather have a wider choices of options. Especially wheels. Otherwise, it's just an attempt at decontenting.

      "Now you can get your tC non-loaded"

      That kind of make sense.

      Also, I'm not sure what's to hate about this car. It's small, cute, youthful, priced on the "good value" side, comes with a good combo of engine/transmission, plenty of base feature, decent interior.

      This reminds me I need to test drive a Cobalt to compare...
      • 9 Years Ago
      #8 - Ted K

      "Are you JOKING? This thing is all Camry and no sport. Get a clue kids.

      Looks like you need a clue too. The tC is mainly based on the Toyota Avenis sold in Europe. Just because it shares the 2.4l and transmissions out of the Camry does not mean 'this thing is all Camry'.
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM for life till i die, Domestic pride!
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